In the poker world, there are two main sources of information on how to play the game. One is the professional Tournament Directors Association (TDA). The other is the Poker Players Association.
The TDA was formed in 2001 by a group of high-ranking professional poker players and managers of live and online poker rooms. The organization is composed of over 2,500 members from 63 countries. It includes tournament directors and managers of live and online tournaments as well as independent tournaments.
The poker TDA also includes a group of managers of circuits. They include managers of large live poker rooms and independent tournaments.
The Poker TDA also has a code of conduct that specifies how players should behave. Violations of the rules may be penalized. They include vulgar or profane language, making false claims, and making threats.
The code of conduct defines responsibilities and proper practices, among other things. It’s a good idea to read the document before a tournament.
The ante is the money each player is required to post before the game begins. It’s raised at regularly scheduled intervals. It’s a small bet, but a large one if you’re playing a big table.
The high-low split is a method of splitting the pot between the highest and lowest hands. In most high-low games, a broken straight wins the low. The flush is a five-card hand in which each card is of the same suit.
The TDA rules are based on the FIDPA rule book, which was published in 2008. It’s a free resource available online.