Robert Ciaffone and “Roberts Rules for Poker Games”
Robert Ciaffone, or ‘The Coach’ adapted the various sets of rules for poker games that he encountered, into an easily understood, manageable document for private and game club use.
Card Room: [Rules for Poker] Home Game: [Rules for Poker]
Roberts rules cover everything in clear, easy to understand language, which leaves no room for misunderstanding whether you’re in a poker tourney, or just playing for fun at home.
But Robert Ciaffone wasn’t the first to create “Rules for Poker” – Hoyle, when creating a paper on the game of Whist (which some believe is very similar to poker), caused a phrase to be coined ‘According to Hoyle’, which came to stand for ‘signifying full compliance with universally accepted rules and customs’.
Publishers then used Hoyle’s works to lay down the ‘authorative’ way to play poker. Later, Robert Ciaffonne developed a set of rules, called ‘Roberts Rules for Poker Games’. Currently in its eleventh revision, these rules have been in use since 1984, and are now considered universally accepted.
Robert’s rules for poker games not only help with understanding the basics of the game, and the underlying structure of game itself, but allows players to have a structure and understood and accepted set of rules to govern disputes and arbitrations.
It also allows people to take part in games, in person, or online and still know the basics of what to expect.
They allow people to understand and play games that may otherwise be changed, or become less easy to access, and have kept alive the traditions established (perhaps unwittingly) by Hoyle, all those years ago, while also finally providing a structure that people can recognise as universally applicable.
Robert Ciaffonne himself is a writer for Card Magazine on a regular basis, and has continually revised and refined his rules, taking into account both technological advancement and social niceties as he’s continued.
Robert Ciaffone has strongly supported uniform poker rules, and applauds the work done in this direction by the Tournament Directors Association (TDA).
Nearly all the rules herein are compatible with the TDA rules, although there are some slight differences in wording.
This rulebook may be copied or downloaded by anyone, provided it is not sold for profit without written permission from the author, and the name “Roberts Rules for Poker Games” is used or credited.
Excerpts of less than a full chapter may be used without restriction or credit.
People are welcome to use these rules, and even put their own business name on them, but this does not give a person or business any rights other than to use the rules in their own establishment, or to make copies available to someone else with the same restrictions applied to the recipient as stated here.
We’ve broken these rules down into two versions (Card Room Rules and Home Game Rules). These rules are easily accepted and will give you an idea of how best to proceed in every conceivable situation that would require a ruling in poker.
Although there are some variations in the rules that would apply to Card Rooms as opposed to those that would apply to Home Games. You will find that the main variation in these Rules, is in the terminology use.
(For example. Referring to an establishment their management and staff, as opposed to a social gathering of family and friends.)
Please enjoy your learning’s and I hope these rules for poker games serve you well.