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Unsure about proper Texas Holdem Poker Etiquette?

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If you want to be invited back to the weekly poker tournament, then knowing proper poker etiquette and behavior is important.

Not all of the rules listed below are followed during friendly games, but they certainly are a good place to start. And if you hope to be a serious poker player at either live or online ring games, or tournaments, then following proper poker etiquette is a must.

Act in Turn
”Acting in Turn” means that you don’t act, or make a decision on what your play will be, until it is your turn. Even if you know you are going to fold or know you want to bet, you still need to wait until it is your turn. It is unfair to other players (and in certain cases, detrimental to yourself!) if someone gets to know that you are going to fold, or bet out of turn.

Be Polite
I think this should be a given. Cussing like a sailor, or being rude to the dealer or other players is obviously unacceptable. Avoid criticizing other peoples play, and be modest if you win. Also, try not to get too upset if you lose a hand. Being a good sport is important in all games.

Play at a reasonable speed
Waiting around every hand for the same person to make a decision is not fun. Every now and then I’m sure you are to come upon a hand that requires some additional thought – but be reasonable. Also, try to pay attention, even if you’ve folded the last 5 hands. There is nothing worse than having to constantly remind someone that it is their turn, or to have someone ask whose turn it is when it has been their turn for several minutes. This is very bad poker etiquette.

Unsure about proper Texas Holdem Poker Etiquette?

Don’t Splash the Pot
Throwing your chips wildly into the pot is rude, as it makes it very difficult for others to see how much you’ve bet. Stack your chips neatly (just like on TV!) and push them nicely in front of you.

Avoid String Bets
It’s important to push the exact amount of chips you wish to bet into the pot. It is bad poker etiquette to either reach back into your stack to put in a larger bet, or take out chips after you have already announced how much you wish to bet and pushed your chips in. Place your bet in one action, don’t string out the bet.

Save your comments for after the hand
Don’t ponder out loud the possible hands that might be available after seeing the flop. Regardless of whether you are in the hand or not, wait until after the hand to let everyone know what you think.

Be discrete when discarding your cards
It’s important to keep the cards you are discarding a secret from the other players who are still playing. By showing someone what you are folding, you are displaying poor poker etiquette, and giving away information to the remaining players that could affect their play. It is also inappropriate to look at the cards that someone else folded. This is bad poker etiquette. If they want you to know, they’ll tell you after the hand is complete.

Don’t help other players
Regardless of how new someone at the table is, it’s best to follow the rule of “one player per hand”. Play your own hand, and let them play theirs.

Sharing chips in a tournament
Not only is this poor etiquette, but it’s also breaking the rules. Regardless of whether or not you have lost interest in playing anymore, it is unfair to the other players for you intentionally give your chips to someone else to increase their stack. Keep your chips to yourself, and if you no longer wish to play, then quit.

Be Nice!
The most important rule of all. If you hope to keep coming back to those weekly friendly poker games, then you’d better be nice to the people you are playing with. You’ll probably have more fun too.