Poker Rules and Etiquettes
Poker is considered to be a gentlemen game since it has rules that govern different versions of the game. Even though there are implemented rules, faulty circumstances still happen. Online poker, though, has such few
Poker is considered to be a gentlemen game since it has rules that govern different versions of the game. Even though there are implemented rules, faulty circumstances still happen. Online poker, though, has such few incidents than those played live. Poker Rules and Etiquettes to follow for the pros and newbies.
Here is a quick guide to poker players:
Tournaments usually follow a set of rules made by the Tournament Directors Association (TDA). Every year, tournament directors hold meetings to discuss certain rules. They convene and deliberate on the current rules and decide on the amendment of the rules whether adding a rule or eliminating one.
In 2016, there would be few modifications in the rules to enhance players’ experience.
Most tournament follows the TDA. However, some people are not updated. So, if you are in a situation where you think a rule is unjust and biased, you can request for the head floor to decide on the matter. Note that floor decisions are final.
The TDA does not cover all aspects of poker rules and cash games. In some instances, there are house rules or room rules.
A poker room can have certain rules that are not covered by the TDA such as rules on folding and missed blind. Hence, house rules must be posted on areas that can be easily noticed and read by all players.
These are some house rules we have seen:
A cash game table is limited to nine players only, but the house can add a seat without asking permission from the players if a VIP wants a seat. This rule turns out to be a good one because one needs to be a certified “big fish” to qualify as a super VIP.
Also, fights inside a poker room are prohibited. The players involved can only resolve their conflict and have physical confrontation after the game or after the necessary bets have been completed.
Regardless of this rules, players must remember proper etiquette when playing poker. Although these issues are not against the rules, they should be observed.
It refers to a delay in revealing your winning hand even after all bets and actions, including your opponent’s hand, have been revealed and completed. In a poker room, it is unethical to delay revealing your hand just to gloat.
Although poker rules and house rules do not cover angling players, over angling is definitely frowned upon.
Splashing of chips
If you want to bet or call, do not throw out your chips. It makes it harder for the dealer to count them and it may scatter the pot around.
Throwing of cards
One of our personal pet peeves in poker games is the throwing of cards. Folding your hand should be done gracefully, but some players actually flip their hand in the air to fold. It is acceptable to flip but flipping it too high to prove that you play like a professional is definitely wrong. We have seen incidents where the card had hit players and dealers which resulted in bad arguments. One can simply push the hand in reach of the dealer.
How about you? What are your unethical behaviour stories?
Poker Rules and Etiquettes