Official poker rules are the guidelines followed by poker players when playing the game. A set of rules has been developed by the International Poker Federation and is available to download in full. The author is a proponent of uniform poker rules and applauds the efforts of the Tournament Director’s Association (TDA) to develop these rules.
One of the main rules in the game is that players should never reveal their cards to others. This includes the dealer and other players. This is to avoid any type of disruption of the game. Players are also not allowed to give advice to one another or discuss the rules with others during the game. This is considered disrespectful and can lead to the game being delayed.
Players must respect poker dealers. Poker etiquette is the collection of social and professional norms and rules around the poker table. Breaking poker etiquette can lead to awkward moments or even make other players lose interest in the game. However, by adhering to poker etiquette, players can ensure their experience is pleasant. A proper poker experience will keep players coming back for more. But a bad poker experience can drive them away.
Players should always be aware of their own rules and those of the tournament organizers. One such rule is that players should not place non-tournament chips on the table. They should always make sure to place the higher denomination chips in a position visible to all players. They must also make sure that the chips remain visible for the duration of the tournament. Otherwise, they will be disqualified from the tournament.