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Poker Etiquette
Poker Etiquette
Poker Etiquette
Poker Etiquette

Poker Etiquette

Just like any social activity, poker has its own rules of politeness. If you want to play poker, you will want to learn these do’s and don’ts of etiquette so that you can play with style:

Do wait until it’s your turn. Folding, or raising or meeting a bet before your turn is like butting ahead in line.

Don’t get or give advice about card hands. Each person should play their own hand as well as they can. It is unfair to other players if you are getting advice about your own hand or giving advice to another player during a game. It is distracting, too.

Do keep your chips neatly in front of you and put them into the pot tidily. Throwing your chips quickly into the center of the pot creates a mess and leads to arguments about how much you have contributed.

Don’t talk when someone else is deciding what to do with their hand. Keep commentary to a minimum. Poker is a game that requires concentration, and it is rude to distract other players with your talk, even if you think you are helping them with tips and strategies.

Do pay attention to the rules and to the game. It is annoying to wait for a player who does not realize it is their turn and it is equally annoying to other players to constantly remind a player about the rules of the game.

Don’t be a sore loser. No one likes someone who brags or goes on and on about losing or winning. If you win, accept it with a smile. If you lose, don’t start blaming the dealer or making unfounded accusations about cheating. Winning and losing with style makes everyone at the poker table feel better about the game.

Do play in a timely way. You do not have to feel as though you are rushing your hand, but don’t take forever to decide whether to bet or fold. Try to anticipate what you will do while other players are making their decisions so that you can keep the game moving forward.

Don’t race or grab. If you are playing in a home, don’t grab cards out of the dealer’s hand or grab the pot before a winner is even announced. It’s bad form. If you are playing in a casino, don’t rush to the cashier or start making demands of the dealer immediately after a game just because you lost (or won) a pot. Take a minute, thank the dealer and the other players.

Do speak only English at a poker table if the other players speak only English. Otherwise, it looks as though you are talking about the game behind everyone else’s back. Talking to another player in a language no one else can understand is considered rude, as well.

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Date Added: 2005-10-15

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