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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Aug 02, 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. Props to TRG Readers: Getting some good questions about questionable behavior from Card Player readers, so this month’s props go to you. Keep those emails coming! Verbal Declarations Are Binding (Except When They’re Not) Dear The Rules Guy, I’m a regular tournament player, and think of myself as a courteous and polite one. And yet, I recently found myself in two situations that made me question my ...

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