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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: May 10, 2017


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. Show Nothing Unless You Have To Dear The Rules Guy: This situation occurred in a once-a-week home game where the players have played together for over a decade. I’d say the game and players are very honest and knowledgeable about the rules. The out of position player (OOP) bets the river on an AQxxx board. The in-position player says, “I have to call, I have an Ace,” ...

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