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

Props to Anthony Holden

by Card Player News Team |  Published: May 14, 2014

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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. Dear The Rules Guy: I play in the $2-$5 game at my local card room here in Oklahoma several days a week. Often, a guy in a wheelchair comes in to play this game. He’s so obese that he can barely reach the table, and he needs a helper ...


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