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58 Betting


  • Players are strongly advised to verbally declare their exact bet amount and to arrange their chips in the 'safe zone' before making a bet.

    • A bet can be announced verbally or made physically, with a movement of chips. In the event of a player making a verbal and a physical declaration, whichever occurs first will be binding.
    • If there is a betting line, then chips being pushed forward over the line by the player will be binding at all times.
    • Chips being moved forwards but NOT over the betting-line or verbally declared as such as a clear call, can be called binding by Management in questionable situations caused by this partial act of pushing chips forward.
  • 58.2

  • Chips must be pushed over the 'betting line' and/or released into the pot in one motion.

    • If a 'betting line' is NOT present on the tournament table, any chips released or pushed in a forward motion, in turn, without a verbal declaration will be considered a binding bet. 
    • If a 'betting line' is present, any chips moved in a forward motion, in turn, without a verbal declaration that does not completely cross over the betting line, will be considered part of that total bet amount.


  • 58.3

  • Verbal statements of action should be clearly stated as to a call, bet, raise, re-raise or all-in. 

    Any unclear betting can be deemed as such, and the dealer should always call the Tournament Director (or highest authority present in the poker room from management) for a final decision if needed.                               

  • 58.4

  • A bet is not valid until the chips are actually released in one motion, unless the player has made a clear 'verbal or physical declaration of action.'

    • Betting IN TURN, any chips pushed over the 'betting line' and/or released into the pot will be considered a valid bet.

              If a player is unaware that a previous bet has been made, the player will still be bound by that action.

              Any chips over the 'betting line' or verbally committed will remain in the pot.

    • Betting OUT OF TURN may be binding and will be binding if the action to that player has not changed.

              A check, call, or fold is considered action not changing.

              A player intentionally betting out of turn will receive a penalty.

              The penalty may be waived if the dealer misled the player, or if the interim player had his/her chips concealed appearing to be 'all-in', or if the interim  

              player had their cards concealed appearing not to have a live hand.

  • 58.5

  • Dealers should not count any chips in the safe zone.

    Players wishing to obtain information about an opponent’s total chip stack will be entitled to voluntary information provided only by that opponent or a clear view for a visual estimate.

    Dealers may assist a player with providing this information about his/her chips in the safe zone, if requested.

    Dealers should never advise or provide a player with information that may provide an unfair advantage or disadvantage.

  • 58.6

  • The 'pot size' amount will only be given to players in pot-limit games.

    In no-limit games, a dealer may only spread the pot for a player, if requested to do so.

    A player must state their exact bet or raise amount as an actual value.

    In certain situations, where a player states a vague amount, that player will be obligated to the minimum bet or raise required.

  • 58.7

  • Dealers should only count and inform players of the chips pushed over the 'betting line' and/or released into the pot, if requested by a player with a live hand.

    Players should allow the dealer to accurately count the chips without interfering.

  • 58.8

  • Players are responsible to visually verify the amount of the bet.

    If a situation arises where a wrong bet amount was announced, the calling player will still be obligated to correct the amount of the bet.

  • 58.9

  • If a player is unaware that there has been a raise and the player has released chips into the pot, the player can either 'fold,' and forfeit the released chips, or complete the 'call' action.

    If the player has verbally announced 'raise,' that player will be obligated to the minimum raise required.


    Players use unofficial vocabulary and gestures at their own risk.

    These may be interpreted to mean other than what the player intended.

    Also, whenever the size of a declared bet can have multiple meanings, it will be ruled as having the smallest legitimate value. (i.e. “I bet five”. If it is unclear whether “five” means $500 or $5000 the bet stands as $500).  

    ( in case of any discrepency or daubt to the obvious "commen sense act" this will be judged & interpretated by the management as final & fair decission).( is in discussion a t m. ).                                                                                                     


    Poker is a game of alert, continuous observation.

    It is the caller’s responsibility to determine the correct amount of an opponent’s bet before calling, regardless of what is stated by the dealer or the players.

    If a caller requests a count but receives incorrect information from the dealer or players, then places that amount in the pot, the caller is assumed to accept the full correct amount and is subject to the correct bet or all-in amount.

    As with all tournament situations, Rule 1.1 may apply at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

47: Previous Bet Chips Not Pulled In

A: If a player bets when facing a raise and has chips in front of him not yet pulled in from a prior bet, the “prior” chips (and any change due) may affect whether his action is ruled a call or re-raise.

Because several possibilities exist, players should declare their bets before putting out new chips on top of prior-bet chips not yet pulled in.

B: If facing action, clearly pulling back prior bet chip(s) binds a player to call or raise.

49: Accepted Action

Poker is a game of alert, continuous observation.

It is the caller’s responsibility to determine the correct amount of an opponent’s bet before calling, regardless of what is stated by others.

If a caller requests a count but receives incorrect information from a dealer or player, then pushes out that amount, the caller has accepted the full correct action & is subject to the correct wager or all-in amount.

As with all situations, Rule 1 may apply at TD’s discretion.

52: Non-Standard & Unclear Betting

Players use unofficial betting terms and gestures at their own risk.

These may be interpreted to mean other than what the player intended.

Also, if a declared bet can reasonably have multiple meanings, it will be ruled the lesser value.

Ex: NLHE 200-400 blinds, player declares “I bet five.” If it is unclear whether “five” means 500 or 5,000, the bet is 500. See Rules 2, 3 & 42. See Illustration Addendum.

Rule 52: Non-Standard and Unclear Betting

“Also, whenever a declared bet can reasonably have multiple meanings, it will be ruled the lesser value.”

If a declared bet technically has multiple values, TDs may use discretion to determine what value is most reasonable and in the best interest of the game. Decision factors may include but are not limited to such considerations as: 1) keeping it the lower amount to enforce betting discipline, 2) recent betting increments and 3) bet values relative to the current pot size.

Example 1: NLHE 75-150 blinds. Players A and B are SB / BB. Players C, D, and E call the 150 BB. There is 675 in the pot. Player F declares “Raise, five”, then slowly reaches for a 5000 chip and tosses it forward. The declaration precedes the chip push, so the declaration of “five” governs the bet. The preceding betting increments are all in the 100’s, and the pot is only slightly larger than 500. While both 500 and 5000 are technically viable bets here, 500 is much more in keeping with recent betting action and pot size, and it enforces betting discipline.

Example 2: NLHE 75-150 blinds. Pre-flop there is 3200 in the pot. Post flop Player A opens for 2000. Players C, D, and E call. There is now 11,200 in the pot. On the turn Player A declares “Bet, five”, then tosses out a 5000 chip. While both 500 and 5000 are technically viable bets here, 5000 is much more in keeping with recent betting action (which is in increments of 1000) and pot size which at 11,200 is more than double the maximum amount of A’s bet. This said, the TD may determine it is in the best interest of the game to enforce betting discipline and rule the bet is 500.

55: Count of Opponent’s Chip Stack

Players are entitled to a reasonable estimation of opponents’ chip stacks (Rule 24).

A player may only request a more precise count if the action is on him and he faces an all-in bet.

The all-in player is not required to count; on request the dealer or floor will count it.

Accepted action applies (See Rule 49).

The visible and countable chipstack rule (Rule 24) greatly helps accuracy in counting.


Marcel Luske:

Players interests always first, FIDPA supports Poker Events with globally & with International Rules fair and transparent for all.

Bharat Agarwalla:

The India Poker Series supports FIDPA because it's the complete and only set of International Poker Rules globally.

Kenny Hallaert:

We love to play with the International Poker Rules from FIDPA, they include all Tournament Directors Association (TDA) Rules.

Juha Helppi:

Same rules for everybody everywhere would be ideal in poker. We need to work together to accomplish that!

Jens Knossalla:

Wieso macht jeder seine eigenen Regeln, dass verwirrt und macht es unnötig kompliziert.spiel doch mit faire und einheitliche Int. Regeln weltweit.

Thor Hansen:

One set of International Poker Rules for all international poker events globally, I support that, period.

Oanh Bui:

Don't make a complicated game more complicated for all participants. Play with one set of International Poker Rules only.

Jake Cody:

Consistency is the key. With international rules in place and less discrepancies, there's more time for playing poker.

Rob Yong:

I firmly believe that a worldwide uniform set of international rules for poker designed, reviewed and improved by a group of experienced players, is the way forward. As a venue owner myself, I embrace this concept.

Michelle Lau:

The International Poker Rules were created to unite the poker world by providing fairness and consistency, and can be easily modified by any card room or Tournament Director to comply with local laws and regulations.

Jack McClelland:

We have a large number of international poker players in our Bellagio events on a regular basis. We make sure they are comfortable with the International Rules and maintain consistency in rulings worldwide. We continue to enjoy a successful partnership with FIDPA.

Chris Moneymaker:

I like to compete and be the best. With International Poker Rules it's a fair playground for all.

Liz Lieu:

Of course we need international rules if we play international events all across the globe for millions of dollars a day.

Michael Mizrachi :

Educating dealers at the Academy about poker etiquette and professionalism is easy with International Poker Rules, creating knowledge and skill and so we support this young industry.

Robert Mizrachi:

To learn, play, or deal International Poker Events these days needs one set of fair and consistent International Poker Rules. No more, no less.

Stacy Matuson:

Poker once known as a man's world with its many sets of rules, now has more class with one set of International Poker Rules showing fairness and equality.

Eli Elezra:

Poker has become international, and international events should be played with international rules to ensure consistency and fairness for all.

Erich Kollmann:

Poker event organizers invite international players from various countries. They should play by International Poker Rules, fair and consistent.

JJ Lui:

I support the International Poker Rules, because I believe it is very important to play by them in any international event.              

Noah Boeken:

It's simple. Play international poker events with international poker dealers and International Poker Rules! 

Simon Trumper:

IP Rules have been created after discussion and feedback from players at all levels, and finally challenging situations can be addressed.

Hamy Wahjudi:

While traveling a lot, Poker is my second home, and with International Poker Rules "the world is my castle".

Sham Patel:

Playing poker with International Rules ensures a fair experience providing me with confidence to play in a safe poker environment.

Michal Wisniewski:

Dzięki regulaminowi FIDPA zostały raz na zawsze rozwiane wątpliwości co do sportowego charakteru pokerowych rozgrywek. Polski Związek Pokera korzysta wyłącznie z International Rules Of Poker.

Antonio Esfandiari :

No magic or discrepancies, so play with the International Poker Rules, period.

Govert Metaal :

Of course playing poker on an international level needs to be guided and played with International Rules.

David Ulliott:

I have witnessed so many bad decisions over the years, and then Management apologizes after. At least with one set of International Rules it’s consistent for all.

Nicky Roeg:

No Raise? Why do I have to show first? To avoid these questions we need International Rules. I support FIDPA!

Tony Hachem:

It is important for the players to have one global set of International Poker Rules regulated and supported by the poker industry as a whole. 

Ruben Visser:

Finally a standardized set of International Rules for all tournaments I compete in!

Maryann Morrison:

Women should all support FiDPA. We have long advocated equal treatment in poker.

Myra Marento:

Can't forget the WSOP 2009, with so many dealers and rules from everywhere...nice experience, but really frustrating. I hope it's better now.

Danijela Matusinskij:

To have fair and consistent decisions globally based on International Rules will gain credibility with governments, leading to better acceptance of the game.

Pantea Persepolis:

Product quality is a must for any business to be successful, so we at Pokerlicious support International Poker Rules.

Patty Tolk:

Starting to play international poker events has shown me the importance of the International Poker Rules as a basic guideline.

Steve Wong:

Playing with international poker rules globally is a must to safeguard the future of poker for players and operators.

Johnny de Mol:

Any international event should be guided with International Rules, especially today, as we have become global competitors.

Natalie Hof:

International Poker Rules eliminates the emotional tension or stress, and brings in a transparent standard of fair play for the global poker industry.

Valerie Ross:

Playing with International Poker Rules will ensure fairness and fun, period!

Marco Traniello:

Poker rules must be basically the same all around the world, with respect to the local gaming laws as well.

Vanessa Selbst:

I've learned to play by the rules, and playing by International Poker Rules will be the most consistent and fairest way for all to compete.

Phil Ivey:

It's Poker I play globally, so one set of International Poker Rules is the most consistent and fairest way for everyone.

Jan Heitmann:

International Poker Rules?  Of course! No matter if you are Italian, Russian, German, from China or elsewhere, it's the fairest thing to do.

Paul Dransfield:

In every game or sport, it is vital you know the rules. Those that do will without doubt have an edge over the ones that don't. To have one global set of recognized poker rules will make this great game even bigger and more fun to play.

Jim Webster:

A level playing field for everyone, with fairness for all no matter what country you happen to be playing in.

Dennis Waterman:

It would be wonderful playing under one set of rules, no matter where you go.

Alex Japy:

Managing events of high quality, I love to work with IP Rules of course. They're simple, fair and transparent.

Patrik Antonius:

Add credibility and fairness to the game of poker globally, and play by International Poker Rules.

Sam Trickett:

Poker rules should be international, consistent, and fair for all players, and available in writing before an event starts - just like FIDPA requires.

Kristy Gazes:

Rules by the players, for the players, FIDPA is the answer.

Freddy Deeb:

It's always better to know the Rules are International, and so fair for all.

TJ Cloutier:

Poker rules should always be international, especially in international events.  

Joe Beevers:

One set of International Poker Rules would make it so much easier globally for the players and everyone that is working in the poker industry.

Mel Judah:

The International Poker Rules is what we need globally in any Casino that runs a poker tournament, whether they have first time, relatively inexperienced, or seasoned dealers handling the cards.

Johnny Chan:

Playing with International Poker Rules is fair and consistent, and the best protection for players, amateurs and pros alike!

Layne Flack:

Is that a real question? Of course we need one set of international rules to play by, and FIDPA offers them for free!

Danny Ryan:

I strongly support FIDPA and the standardization of Internnational Poker Rules across borders and cultures.

Phil Hellmuth:

Poker: a great international game that should be played the fairest way possible at all times, with International Rules!

John Duthie:

To ensure that a universal set of transparent, international poker rules are adopted by all live venues for tournament poker, all credible casinos or card rooms should be using the IP Rules,

and players should check that these rules are in place before playing at any venue.

Paul Jackson:

Bluffing is not my strongest part so i like the protection of playing by the International Poker rules from FIDPA.

Rob Hollink:

Poker will be at its most consistent and fairest for all when International Poker Rules are used, of course!

Thommy Lam:

Well thought out and clear poker regulations. It should be the standard everywhere, and FIDPA is a huge plus for the game.

Chris Moorman:


It is dumb that there is not one set of International rules for poker currently. This needs to be fixed ASAP for the sake of the game so we can make sure that poker continues to grow throughout the world.

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