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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jan 20, 2016

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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. Q: Maximize EV or Build the Game? A: Yes! Dear TRG, I am a winning player at the low- to mid-stakes live cash games where I do everything possible to keep recreational players coming back. But I play the game for a profit and ultimately must take advantage of ...


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