Whether you’re playing in a live poker room or playing online, there are a number of official poker rules you should be aware of. These rules are designed to keep the game running smoothly and ensure that you have the best experience possible.

One of the first rules you’ll need to know is that you must keep your cards in full view of your opponent. You don’t want to hide your cards by covering them up, or by “splashing the pot” which is an action you’re not supposed to take.

Other rules to know include that you must maintain a tidy stack of chips. Chips should be separated by their value. The values range from $1 to $10,000. You should also keep a clear view of the chips of all other players.

You can either fold, which means that you’re giving up your hand, or you can bet. The bet can be a predetermined amount, or you can raise the bet of another player.

If two or more players remain after the river, the best hand wins. If you’re the only one left, you can either raise or call the last bet. If you don’t have a good hand, you’ll lose the pot.

Another rule is that you must be courteous to the dealer, other players, and the poker room staff. If you’re not, your bad experience could keep you from playing. You can also put on headphones to avoid being distracted by other players’ comments or conversations.