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Poker Etiquette

Here is the deal. I like a nice friendly poker game, but on the other hand we are playing for money/prizes/pride and in order to have a fair and equitable game it is probably good idea if everyone has a basic idea of proper poker etiquette. Poker etiquette are not rules but manners that help keep the game civil and orderly. The 'laid back' player in me can ignore the occasional poker 'faux pas' of Mr. Clueless putting his cards in his lap or constantly acting out of turn, but the 'tourney director' should not let that happen. If Mr. Clueless goes into a real casino he is going to get the "Hairy Eyeball" look from all the other players. So here are some Poker Etiquette Rules for us all.

Rules of Poker Etiquette


  • Be polite.
  • Do not swear or be verbally abusive.
  • Be modest when you win.
  • Refrain from criticizing another player's play.
  • Limit unnecessary chatter during "big" hands to avoid disturbing active players.

Table Presence

  • Keep your chips on the table.
  • Keep Large Denominations Chips in plain Sight. Don’t bury or tuck away your high value chips.
  • Do not handle another player's chips or cards.
  • Chips and/or money on the table are not to be transferred from one player to another.
  • Protect your cards so that no one else can see them.
  • Keep your cards on the table. Holding cards against your shirt or putting them in your pocket or lap is not allowed.
  • If you step away from the table, please advise the dealer of your intentions.
  • Show one, show all. If you show your cards to another player, you have a duty to show everyone else at the table what cards you folded.


  • Play at a reasonable speed.
  • It is each player's responsibility to follow the flow of the game. Play in turn. Do not act out of turn.
  • At no time should any player or spectator make statements that could unfairly influence the play of a hand.
  • Do not comment about the cards you just threw away.
  • Refrain from making comments about possible hands. "The board just paired. Someone could have a full house now!".


  • Do not splash the pot. When making a bet, slide your stack of chips in front of you, but not into the pot.
  • Do not string bet.
  • Verbally announce your action (call or raise) , it helps eliminate confusion. Unless you say "raise" sliding chips in the pot will be considered a call.
  • Do not expose any cards until the showdown.

The Showdown

  • Do not mis-declare your hand.
  • Show your winning hand quickly. Do not "slow-roll" (allow your opponent to think he's won when you know he hasn't).
  • Rabbit hunting (asking to see what cards would have appeared, had you bet) should not be allowed.