How to Make Exceptions to the Official Poker Rules

The game of poker is full of rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure the safety and fairness of the game. However, it is possible for situations to arise that require players to make exceptions to the rules.

These situations are rare, but they do happen. When they do, it is important for players to understand the appropriate action and reactions to these situations. To help in this endeavor, it is helpful to watch videos of professional poker players like Phil Ivey. He is able to keep his emotions in check and play the game in an unflappable fashion. He doesn’t show any signs of frustration after a bad beat, which is the sign of a true professional.

Any player may ask to see a mucked hand that has been called, but abusing this privilege can result in denial by the dealer. If the hand is exposed by another player, or by a player’s fault, it will remain dead. If cards are pushed forward face down, they must be mucked and not exposed or tossed high (“helicoptered”).

Players, dealers, and the floor are entitled to a reasonable estimation of the pot count when it is their turn to act (Rule 25). Visible and countable chip stacks greatly improve counting accuracy.