Rules of Official Poker

The rules of official poker are those that have been written and adopted by the World Series of Poker (WSOP). These include a set of guidelines to assist players in understanding the game.

OBJECTIVE: The goal of the game is to develop a hand that contains the best five cards, while still keeping within the limits of the game. The dealer deals seven cards to each player, and each player uses their cards to create the best possible hand.

TRADING: Trading cards in exchange for new ones is an important part of this game. When trading cards, each player must use two of their own and one of the community cards.

EXPOSED CARDS: The dealer may expose cards to one or more players if the player does not have a say in whether they should be kept or rejected. This includes any card shown to a player and any card that the dealer deals off the table.

REVOKING: A player can reverse a raise made by another player, as long as the player does not act first. This rule is often applied when players are unsure of a hand or when a raise has been made that the player was not aware of.

A player’s right to make a call or raise in a round is subject to the following conditions:

BRING-IN AND RAISE SIZES: The minimum bring-in and allowable raise sizes are specified by the poker form and blind amounts set for a game. These values remain the same even when a player does not have enough chips to post the full amount.