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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 21, 2017

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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. What’s wrong? What’s right? What’s an angle? Got a question about how to behave at the poker table (or a comment about a column)? Email TRG at editor@cardplayer.com. Props to David Mamet Playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet likes poker, and it figures often in his work, perhaps most notably in the excellent 1987 movie House of Games. In an essay he had this to say about ...


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