What is poker?
Poker is a game of equal chance. Equal-chance gaming does not involve playing or staking money against a bank (or dealer) and the chances of winning are equally favourable to all participants.
Poker ‘escalates' as players bet against each other. Because of this, players may be drawn into risking larger and larger amounts of money without appreciating the odds of losing. Across the world, games of chance played for money or money's worth are subject to regulatory controls. One of the reasons for these controls is to protect players from the risks of losing large sums of money.
Poker games and tournaments have different rules depending on where they are played: