A Guide to Playing Poker at Official Poker Websites

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In this guide to playing poker, I will go over the basics of table setup, blinds, ante, and pot-limit betting. I will also discuss the importance of reading a tournament’s rules. I hope you will find these tips helpful. The author is a strong supporter of uniform poker rules, and I applaud the efforts of the Tournament Director’s Association. The rules presented here are nearly identical to TDA rules, with slight variations.


Getting a table at an official poker tournament can be tricky, especially if you don’t know where to start looking. These tables come with chairs that should fit into the space allocated to them. The right one will not only fit into the room, but also be comfortable for players. The purpose of a poker table is to enable poker players to concentrate and develop their techniques. A poker table is often larger than a standard dining table.


In a cash game, blinds are not fixed but are periodically increased. This increases the pace of the game and discourages players from playing mediocre cards. In a tournament, the amount of the blinds will also depend on the number of players and the level of play. The smaller the blinds, the less likely players will be to make a bet and play a mediocre hand. Larger blinds encourage players to be aggressive and make their move quickly.


In a game of poker, the ante to an upcoming hand is an initial amount of money that each player must bet. This ante is the smallest bet that a player can make before a hand is dealt. Generally, the ante is set to a low amount such as one cent and the player is allowed to increase the ante in a penny increment as the hand progresses. While poker is the most commonly known game that uses the ante, this strategy is also applicable to other card games.

Pot-limit betting

The term “pot-limit” can be misleading, because it does not define the amount of money players can bet at a game. This term applies to a game in which only two players are allowed to bet at a time. Pot-limit games usually have a minimum buy-in and a maximum buy-in. The maximum buy-in is usually determined by the table rules. Pot-limit betting at official poker websites is generally more expensive than no-limit games.

Seating of new players

The seat of the Tournament Director is not taken into account when the house seats new players. The new players are seated at the table with the worst position, but the house reserves the right to reserve a seat for a new player, if two players are already seated. A seat is not reserved for the tournament director unless the management has good reason to do so. However, in most cases, the seat of the Tournament Director is occupied by another player.

Calling the clock

Calling the clock at official poker tournaments is a way of discouraging players from taking too much time to decide their next move. Players have a specific amount of time to act before the clock runs out, and if they fail to act in this time, their hand is declared dead. While this tactic is not allowed in private games, it is quite common in public games. The rule is enforced by the floor manager, and it is imperative that the clock is easily visible and counted.