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The Rules Guy: How To Conduct Yourself at the Poker Table

by Tim Peters |  Published: Apr 03, 2013

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Most players learn poker’s explicit rules pretty quickly: the “one-chip rule,” for example, or “verbal declarations are binding.” But not everyone seems to have digested the game’s vast book of unwritten rules, admonitions like “don’t berate other players (particularly bad ones)” or “say ‘nice hand’ even when you mean something entirely different.” Enter “The Rules Guy.” TRG believes that civility and sportsmanship are never wrong, and that bad behavior (even when you’re simply trying to get an edge) is bad for the game. Have you got a question about how to conduct yourself at the poker table? Email TRG at therulesguy@cardplayer.com. TRG Props to … Charles Murray Poker is not often (or not often enough) a topic for the august pages of the New York Times, but it made a great appearance in a recent essay (“Poker Is America,” February 23, 2013) by the libertarian social scientist Charles Murray. He ...


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