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Contracts and Poker: There Ought To Be A Rule

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Jun 06, 2018

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A tournament player constantly berates other players at the table for their plays. Can the tournament director do anything about it? In her column in the April 25, 2018 issue of Card Player, Linda Johnson reported that she had solicited comments about what should be done to improve poker, and the overwhelming response was, in various forms, “There ought to be a rule prohibiting being a jerk at the table.” Crafting such a rule is not so easily accomplished, as we shall see. But first I want to give a shout out to Jan Fisher, who advocated prohibiting bad beat stories. I would compliment Jan on a good joke, but I suspect she wasn’t kidding. While most of us have a low tolerance for hearing the bad beat stories of others, I think our efforts should focus on addressing behavior that is rude or demeaning. To address the pain of ...


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