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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: May 19, 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 While We’re Young Dear The Rules Guy: Do you have an opinion on the shot clock in poker? This stalling business is out of hand. —Slowed Down in Slovenia Dear SDS: The Rules Guy has nothing but opinions about stalling, a horrible “tactic,” and is pleased to share them ...

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