Official poker is a family of card games played worldwide. The rules vary, but all have one or more rounds of betting and a standard deck of cards.
The most popular form of the game is Texas Hold’em. This game involves two to 10 players and a 52-card deck.
When playing at a casino, the dealer deals the cards in front of each player in a clockwise manner. Each player is required to ante a nominal amount before the deal begins.
There are many other variations of the game that differ in terms of the number of cards dealt, the way cards are placed on the table, the order of betting, and the number of players. The most common version of the game is Texas Hold’em, which has become very popular in recent years.
Players are not allowed to reveal their cards during a round of betting, unless they are holding a winning hand. In this case, the first player to reveal their hand is usually the player who bet on the river.
It is also against the rules to count or move chips, pretending that you are planning to call with a weak hand. This is a poor etiquette that should be avoided at all costs.
Tournaments require a different set of rules than cash games, as tournament chips are usually worth more than the cash chips players receive in the starting stack. In addition, tournaments are usually held at a secure location and a separate set of chips is used for each event.