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

by SpadeClub News Team |  Published: Aug 06, 2014


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 Dear The Rules Guy: My card room in California is the ultimate melting pot — I don’t even recognize some of the languages I hear at the tables, much less understand them. But I know this: English only! So what should I do when there are three players talking ...

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