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Welcome to Official Poker Rules Page

NeverwinPoker's quick and easy guide will walk you through how to play the most popular poker games found on the internet and in casino poker rooms today. And provide you with Poker Rules for the beginner and pro alike. Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, and 7 Card Stud are the standard games found in live and tournament action and NeverwinPoker's Poker Rules is uniquely informative and applies to these and other games, and also explains the different game types including Pot Limit and No Limit.

Included in NeverwinPoker's Poker Rules section is a complete guide to poker terms and definitions and an easy to follow game play guide for the beginning player.

Poker Hand Ranking

Almost every style of poker uses a standard single 52 card deck, although the majority of games remove the jokers from play. The hand ranking for Texas Holdem is as follows:

Royal Flush > Straight Flush > Four of a kind > Full House > Flush > Straight > Three of a kind > Two Pair > One Pair > High Card

List Of Poker Games

  • Texas Hold'em Poker Rules - Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game in the world due to the WPT, the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event Championships, and poker on TV. Texas Hold'em is also played throughout the world in casino poker and online poker action.
  • Omaha High Poker Rules - Omaha has been called the game of the future for many years and with due reason, it takes much more skill to play than a poker game variant with fewer hole cards. Omaha is clearly defined as a game that is normally played in high limit rather than a low limit setting and is usually played pot limit.
  • Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Rules - Omaha Hi/Lo is found in many casino and online poker rooms and is normally played in all limits, some of which are Kill games wherein at a certain pot size, if one player wins the whole pot, the bet limit increases for the following hand and creates a very high action game with a high and a low possibility.
  • Seven/7 card stud Poker Rules - 7 Card Stud was, for many years, the most popular form of poker played in home and casino games. 7 Card Stud is one of the easiest poker games to learn due to individual hand holdings but also one of the most defining in terms of player awareness - reading board cards and remembering what cards have been in play.
  • Five/5 card stud Poker Rules - 5 Card Stud is still highly sought after by some but has gradually slipped from the mainstream of poker game choices since its strong beginning during the American Civil War. It may or may not be played with a Joker in the deck, the Joker plays as Aces, Straights, and Flushes.
  • Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules - Pineapple is a variation of Texas Hold'em where each player is dealt three hole cards instead of two. In some instances one of the three hole cards is discarded before the flop, in others it is discarded after the flop.
  • Crazy Pineapple, Eight or Better Poker Rules - Crazy Pineapple Hi/Lo is played like Crazy Pineapple with the exception that a hand may qualify for low, or high, or both, and according to the house rules, players may be forced to discard one card before the flop or after the flop.
  • Double Flop Hold'em Poker Rules - Double Flop Hold'em is similar to 'running them twice' in high limit stakes. Two players figure their percentage of winning the hand and have agreed to stop betting or one is all-in, and they may choose to run an additional set of community cards. Hence one player may win the whole pot by winning both flops or the pot may be broken down in percentages with different winners.
  • Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Poker Rules - Deuce to 7 Triple Draw is a low card game where straights and flushes hurt your hand; hence the best possible hand is 2-3-4-5-7 and players have three draws to complete their hand. An Ace is always counted as a high card.
  • Ace to Five Triple Draw Variant Poker Rules - Ace to Five is a low card game in which any five low cards comprise the best hand and players have three draws to improve their hand or they can 'stand pat' and not draw on any round. The best possible low hand is A-2-3-4-5.
  • Kill Game Poker Rules - A Kill game is normally a limit game played with two different betting limits. When one player wins the whole pot, of a specified amount, or two pots back to back, the following hand is a KILL and the winner is required to post an additional blind of the higher limit.
  • Heads-up Poker Rules - Heads-up has become very popular in online poker play and is played the same as a full player table except for a variance in the blinds.
  • Strip Poker Rules - Strip Poker is reserved for the one you love or the group you want to get to know, intimately. A game where articles of clothing are items of value.
  • Razz Poker Rules Razz is normally played as a 7 card stud game in which the lowest five cards comprise the hand. The best possible hand is A-2-3-4-5.
  • H.O.R.S.E Poker Rules - H.O.R.S.E. is a mixed game format in which Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo (Eight or Better) are all being played at the same table. The game normally changes after a certain number of hands of each game are played.

NWP Rules of Poker

Offered up for your amusement by NWP Editor in Chief, FckVwls

Although any poker rules book is inescapably based on “Robert's Rules of Poker,” written by the great Bob Ciaffone for the Poker Players Association back in 1984, NWP has taken the liberty of updating the master and creating for you a poker rules book for the typical degenerate NWP poker player of today.

While Ciaffone formatted and organized his extensive manuscript to bring to poker some sort of standardization and decency, NWP offers up this amended poker rules book in an effort to school your dense, ignorant ass so you can be seen at a B&M without embarrassing the holy shit out of yourself. Of course we assume you will embarrass yourself anyway, but FFS, sit down and read this shit and try to learn the proper way of doing things. Pay special attention to the Etiquette section, as it is well known that most NWP members are rude sons of bitches and need to calm the fuck down when they play.

Please note: this rulebook may be copied or downloaded by anyone, provided it is not sold for profit without express written permission from the author, and provided the name “NWP Rules of Poker” is used or credited. Excerpts of one paragraph or less may be used, posted or quoted without restriction, but if you try and claim you wrote it yourself, we will obviously slap you with a Pinocchio avatar and flame you relentlessly.



Poker Rules #1) Shut the fuck up and stop arguing.
When you sit at a game in any poker room, you are accepting the management there as the final authority on all issues relating to that game. You can politely question something, and certainly if the dealer fucks up, call the Floor, but if you want to argue a Floor decision, be prepared to get kicked the fuck OUT. Obv.

Poker Rules #2) Collusion is cheating – don’t be so fucking obvious.
Yes they are watching you. If you and your drunk friend Joe are playing at the same table, and you are clearly colluding, be assured the both of you will be 86’d. Either treat Joe like anyone else at the table, or learn to be slick about it when you soft play him. This includes the prostitute you hired to play a few rounds before she licks your sack after the game is over and you’ve lost the rest of your paycheck.

Poker Rules #3) Verbal abuse – limit yourself.
Yes they are listening. Don’t start flaming the fuck out of the donks every hand – use your wit judiciously. For one thing, it is foolish to point out when someone plays badly, since their idiocy means more money for you later. For another, your rudeness will get you tossed out and earn you a reputation as a foul mouthed fuck-up. Just smile and take it like a man when you get two-outed. This obviously applies to any dealer or card room employee as well.

Poker Rules #4) Profanity.
See above rule. It’s been said that people who curse a lot show their ignorance and shallow vocabulary. (Who the fuck said that anyway?) But actually, there are so many entertaining ways to tell someone to fuck off – why not open a thesaurus now and then, and broaden your horizons? Most card rooms don’t allow the use of four letter words at the tables, and you can’t type in “F*** Y**” when you’re playing live. You are better off learning to control your outbursts completely and remaining silent, but if you must have a temper tantrum, do it eloquently.

Poker Rules #5) Threats.
See rule #3. Obviously on the Internet you’re one bad mother fucker and can get away with calling people out for boxing matches, parking lot brawls, and sex with their mother. In a live poker situation, let’s face it – everyone can see you’re a pussy so STFU.

Poker Rules #6) Be good to the deck.
If you‘re upset over a bad beat or the way your neighbor smells, while you are shutting the fuck up, also remember not to deface, crumple, bend or tear the cards. Refrain from spitting or drooling on them as well. This actually applies to all the property around you, including chairs, carpets, glasses, etc. It’s not yours – don’t fuck it up.

Poker Rules #7) Illegal Substances/Weapons.
No. Smoke out before you leave your house obv, assuming you have one. Only a complete idiot carries drugs and guns into a casino or a card room.

Poker Rules #8) Etiquette During Play
Although it may go against your natural instinct to be a moron, refrain from all of the following during a hand:

  • Acting out of turn
  • Farting or burping loudly during a critical decision.
  • Purposely “splashing” chips into the pot.
  • Calling out (“reading”) a hand for another player at showdown before it’s been dealt faceup on the table. Shut UP. Let him look at it himself and make his decision without your help.
  • Revealing a live hand in a multihanded pot before the betting is complete.
  • Revealing a folded hand face up before the betting is complete.
  • Stalling the action of a game.
  • Deliberately discarding hands away from the muck. Cards should be released in a low line of flight, at a moderate rate of speed (not at the dealer's hands or chip-rack).
  • Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with dealing or viewing cards.
  • Making statements or taking action that could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot.
  • Using a cell phone at the table.

Poker Rules #9) More Shit You Can’t Do

  • Management always gets final say in a dispute, not your uneducated ass. True, they may be deadass wrong at times, but you have to abide by it, even if a strict interpretation of the rules clearly indicates a different ruling.
  • The time to call attention to a mistake is right when it occurs, not three beers later, so be sharp and don’t drink, or the delay between the error and the time you figure it out will fuck you. Basically any ruling regarding a pot has to be requested before the next deal starts, or before the game of poker either ends, or switches over to another table. The first riffle of the shuffle counts as the start of a new deal.
  • No one is allowed to play another guy's chips, so keep your filthy hands on your own stack.
  • Keep your freaking rack off the table unless you’re leaving. No, not your saggy tits. The chip rack they gave you when you bought in.
  • You have to keep your cards in full view at all times - do not try and pull them past the edge of the table into your cleavage or cover them with your sweaty hands so as to completely conceal them. Same deal with your chips. Everyone at the table should be able to see what you’ve got, so don’t go trying to hide some behind that gay card protector you insist on using. The only exception is if you are getting up from the table for more than half an hour to go get stoned in the parking lot. If you are doing that, make sure to notify a floor person in advance.
  • Don’t reach over and flip over or peek at cards in the muck.
  • Don’t be one of those assholes who holds up the game while you scratch your ass or slurp your wonton soup.. Pay fucking attention..
  • Speaking a foreign language during a deal is not allowed, so stick to English or your foreign ass will be 86’d.

Poker Rules #10) Stuff the House Can Do that You Can’t Do Shit About

  • In a new game, the player who arrives at the table first gets first choice of remaining seats. If two players want the same seat and arrive at the same time, the higher player on the list has preference. A player playing a pot in another game may have a designated seat locked up until that hand is finished. Management may reserve a certain seat for a player for a good reason, such as to assist reading the board for a person with a vision problem. So basically just quit your bitching and sit the fuck down where you’re told.
  • To protect an existing game, a forced move may be invoked by management when an additional game of the same type and limit is started. The must-move list is maintained in the same order as the original waiting list. If you refuse to move into the game they are telling you to move to, you will be forced to quit, and at that point you won’t be allowed to play at that table or get on that list for it for an hour. Deal with it.

Poker Rules #11) Watch What You Say and Do, or Get Booted From the Hand

  • Your hand is dead if you:
    • fold or announce that you are folding when facing a bet or a raise [NWP Poker Rules]
    • throw your hand away in a forward motion causing another player to act behind you (even if not facing a bet)[NWP Poker Rules]
    • turn your upcards face down in stud, or mix your upcards and downcards together [NWP Poker Rules]
    • exceed the specified time limit when facing a bet or raise [NWP Poker Rules]
    • throw your cards into another player's hand; it doesn’t matter whether they are face up or face down – calm the fuck down and don’t throw cards [NWP Poker Rules]

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