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Poker Etiquette - Do's and Don'ts

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As you learn to play poker, it's important to point out that there are some basic poker etiquette that every player should know and follow. These set of basic poker rules helps take the guesswork out of what’s expected of you in any given situation. It also assures good behaviour in the poker room and makes sure the game is fair and runs smoothly.

Below are a few Poker etiquette that you should be aware of

English-only rule - Only the English language may be spoken at the table. Conversation in any language other than English is not allowed. This applies to spectators as well as players.

One-player-to-a-hand rule - Don’t assume anyone will help you at the tables. Only one person is permitted to play a hand and that player must make all decisions without any advice from anyone else. This rule prohibits showing a hand to or discussing strategy with another player, advisor, or spectator.

Protect your hand - Players must protect their hand at all times. Your cards may be protected with your hands, a chip, or other object placed on top of them, as long as they are still visible to all players and the dealer. A penalty MAY be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending.

All Cards in full view - Players must keep their cards in full view. This means above table-level and not past the edge of the table. Cards should not be covered by hands or a card protector in a manner to completely conceal them. Players are also not permitted to stack their chips in an effort to hide their cards. A penalty MAY be invoked if a player card(s) goes off the table.

Don't Make String Bets or Splash the pot - You are either calling or raising a bet right away. You can't do both simultaneously. Do not Splash the pot (spilling chips over the poker table rather than placing them neatly in the middle )

Cell phone use - Using a cell phone at the table. - Players may not use an electronic device while they are in a hand. A player is in the hand from the time of first action until cards are mucked. Talking on cell phones is strictly prohibited at the table at this time. If you answer your phone at table, it will be considered a fold/fold out of turn.

NO foul language - Use of profanity or obscene or abusive language in a poker room is prohibited. Do not create a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, or similar incidents.

No Drunks - Intoxicated persons are not permitted to play. Players identified as being intoxicated or in danger of qualifying as intoxicated may be refused to be bought into a game and/or asked to leave.

Players Only - Permission is required before taking a seat in a game. A non-player may not sit at the table.

Return to the game - If you return to the same game within one hour of cashing out, your buy-in must be equal to the amount removed when leaving that game.

Chips must be in clear view -All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. Any player is entitled to a clear view of an opponent’s chips. Players must keep their highest denomination chips visible at all times.

Be Polite -Be polite and always keep your cool, win or loss. Do not verbally or physically threaten any patron or employee. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, or similar incidents.

Show Kindness -Be kind to the dealer and to other players.

Do not bend cards -Do not bend or mark the cards. No throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards.

Don't stall or delay the game - Pay attention when it’s your turn. It is impolite to use an excessive amount of time to make a play.

Don’t ask another player to see their cards after they muck. - Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities are not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during the play.

Never reveal your cards to other player at the table. - A player who exposes his cards during the play may incur a penalty but will not have his hand killed.

Don’t talk about - The hand in action, speculate about another player’s hand, provide a play-by-play or talk strategy. Advising a player how to play a hand may result in a penalty.

Criticizing your opponent - Do not criticize your opponents' play.

Rabbit hunting - No rabbit hunting is allowed.

-Refusal to transfer pot committed bets to the rightful winner

Remember to tip - Plan to put aside about 5% to 10% of your bankroll for tips. It’s polite and shows your appreciation to people who are often on their feet all day making sure your visit is as enjoyable as possible.

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