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Poker Do’s & Don’ts

Poker Do’s & Don’ts – Poker Rules & Tips

If you thought this was going to be another “how to play Texas Holdem” article with helpful poker strategies like “never draw to an inside straight,” you are half right.  Whenever you sit down at a poker table, you should act like you’ve been there before. If you don’t know the rules of the game, get a book on Texas Holdem rules, or go online to a Texas Holdem poker room.  There are plenty of place to learn the rules of Texas Holdem.

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Beyond the rules of the game, if you obey some simple rules of poker etiquette, everyone will enjoy the game more.  And enjoying the game is what poker is all about.  So here are a few basic do’s and don’ts:

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1. If a hand is being played, DO NOT reveal your cards.  Even by accident. So if you decide to fold, don’t casually toss your cards.  It can make a big difference to players still in the hand.  If you weren’t folding and revealed your cards, your hand would be ruled dead.

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2. Don’t react to cards on the table.  It can cost you money if you’re playing, but it is a huge DON’T if you’ve folded.  If you’ve dropped out, stay out. If you see the flop and realize you would have had a great hand, keep quiet.  In Texas Holdem, it could give one of the players an advantage.

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3. Don’t be a jerk.  Basically, don’t tell people how they should have played or worse tell them how badly they played. We all have our own strategies for Texas Holdem and other poker games.

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4. Your bad luck is not the dealer’s fault, so don’t blame them.  Don’t flick your cards at them in disgust or decide not to tip them as punishment.  (See above, Don’t be a jerk.)  They don’t control the cards.  They didn’t ask you to sit down and play badly.

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5. No kibitzing.  If you’re not in a hand, don’t talk about. In most casinos and poker rooms, giving advice is against the rules.  It’s just rude.  If you want to play, stay in the game.

Good poker manners comes down to common courtesy and common sense.

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