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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Sep 03, 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. Almost, but not quite, meaningless… Dear The Rules Guy: I’m sure every player knows someone like this: the guy who picks up an entire stack of chips, reaches towards the betting area and then drops one or two chips for a call — and sometimes just raps the table ...


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