Poker etiquette is the set of unwritten standards of behavior that relate to the orderly maintenance of the game and politeness among players of the poker game. Good table manners make the game more appealing for everybody, help you play more hands in an hour and in many cases actually help add to your winnings.
Below is an overview of a few basic tips of land-based game manners:
- Always be polite to the opponents.
- Don't abuse the dealer and don’t forget to tip the dealer.
- Keep your cards on the table at all times.
- Leave your large value bets in front of you.
- Do not handle another people's chips or cards.
- Never disclose your cards to the other players at the poker table until the hand is over.
- Keep an eye on the game. Always play on your turn and do not pass your cards out of turn.
- Play in a timely manner. Don't take too long to decide your next move.
- Make sure not to splash the pot. Splashing the pot is where you place a bet and throw the chips recklessly into the center of the pot.
- Don’t string bets. A string bet is a bet that happens in two parts.
- Do not give poker lessons.
- You cannot get information from anyone.
- Do not slowroll - reveal your winning hand immediately.
- Be modest when you win and gracious loser.
Here are some points concerning poker etiquette you should have in mind when playing online poker.
- Chatting at the tables should be in English only. If you are doing so in another language the opponents will get suspicious.
- Keep chat to a minimum.
- Do not chat using uppercase letters.
- Be tolerant with new poker players - not everyone is a poker master.
- Refrain from using obscure language at the table.
- Don't comment on anybody's hand during the game.
- You may not discuss a hand while they are still in play.
- Stay focused on the poker, even in the case that you are multitasking.
- Don’t occupy a seat in the case that you have no intention of playing.
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