Official poker is played by professionals and amateurs alike at land-based casinos and online. With over 100 million players worldwide, it has become one of the most popular ways to spend time. Poker has a long history, and the game continues to evolve. From the invention of playing cards to the most recent innovations in technology, there is always something new for players to discover.
Each player receives two cards, known as hole cards, and five community cards are dealt face up in stages: three (“the flop”), then an additional card (“the turn”) and finally another card (called “the river”). Each player must use their hole cards with the community cards to construct a winning hand. Players may check, call, raise (or re-raise) or fold in the betting rounds.
A joker that is discovered before a player acts on their hand must be replaced. If a player fails to notify the dealer of a missing joker, it is treated as a scrap of paper and does not cause a misdeal.
Unless otherwise specified, no player shall use a mobile phone or any other electronic device at the table while playing. Ring tones, music, images and other noises must be kept to a minimum to prevent distractions from other players. Using a mobile device at the table is also against the house rules and will result in a penalty in accordance with Rule 71. Players must verbally announce their actions before taking them. If a player verbally states they will raise, call or fold, their action is binding and will not change.