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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Apr 01, 2015


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 Tournament Directors: You are probably familiar with the execrable behavior displayed by Daniel “Jungleman” Cates in the $100,000 Challenge event at the January Aussie Millions tournament series in Melbourne, Australia. Jungleman has a bad rep, justly earned, but this outburst is unconscionable. In for his second “bullet” (though, ...

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