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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 29, 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 still don’t understand why I need to be nice to tourists and fish and middle-aged recreational bozo players who come into my game and do stupid things. The stars in the NBA and the NFL talk trash and taunt their opponents—why can’t I? —Venomous ...


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