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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Nov 25, 2015

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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. Props to Short-Stacked Shamus of “Hard-Boiled Poker” One of the better poker bloggers is Short-Stacked Shamus, who posts nearly every day on the ongoing state of affairs in poker as well as ruminations (he calls them “existential musings”) on poker and popular culture, present and past. TRG is a ...


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