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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 01, 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 You’re Not Sorry, So Don’t Say You Are Dear The Rules Guy: Typical tournament situation: I’m all-in preflop with a coin-flip type hand. I’ve got tens and my opponent tables A-K, for example. Somewhere, and it doesn’t really matter where, an ace or a king hits the felt. I’m ...

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