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

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Aug 30, 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. Props to the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) The TDA convenes around the time of the World Series of Poker (congratulations, by the way, to Scott Blumstein on winning the main event) to discuss changes to the rules. The TDA deserves massive props for their ongoing efforts, and the newest document, released on July 28, 2017 (easily found online), opens with a “General Principle” that should guide everyone ...


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