In social situations, using proper etiquette gives you
self-confidence, allows you to concentrate on more important
matters, and at times, allows you to dominate a situation
against someone who does not use proper etiquette. Poker
etiquette not only makes for a better game, but is an
acquired skill that can possibly increase a player's odds of
Poker etiquette are not rules, but manners that relate to
the orderly maintenance of the game and civility among those
who participate in the game.
The following actions are improper, and grounds for
warning, suspending, or barring a violator:
- Deliberately acting out of turn.
- Deliberately splashing chips into the pot.
- Agreeing to check a hand out when a third player is
- Reading a hand for another player at the showdown
before it has been placed face up on the table.
- Telling anyone to turn a hand face up at the
- Revealing the contents of a live hand in a
multihanded pot before the betting is complete.
- Needlessly stalling the action of a game.
- Deliberately discarding hands away from the muck.
Cards should be released in a low line of flight, at a
moderate rate of speed (not at the dealer's hands or
- Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with
dealing or viewing cards.
- Making statements or taking action that could
unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not
the offender is involved in the pot.
- Using a cell phone at the table.
Rules of Poker - Conduct Code
Management will attempt to maintain a pleasant
environment for all customers, but is not responsible for
the conduct of any player. They will usually establish a
code of conduct,
The following is not permitted:
- Collusion with another player or any other form of
- Verbally or physically threatening any patron or
- Using profanity or obscene language.
- Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or
making excessive noise.
- Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards.
- Destroying or defacing property.
- Using an illegal substance.
- Carrying a weapon.
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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 to avoid disturbing active
- Do not hit on another player, or the dealer, no
matter how attractive you find them.
- Be kind to the dealer. Good karma brings good cards.
- Manage your table space reasonably.
- Keep your chips and/or money on the table.
- Do not handle another player's chips or cards.
- Do not stack chips in a way that interferes with the
deal, the viewing of cards, or another player.
- 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
- It is proper for an opponent to complain when a
player consistently has the opportunity to see another
player's hole cards. It is improper to complain when
someone exercises this right.
- If you step away from the table, please advise the
dealer of your intentions.
- 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
- 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
- Do not splash the pot.
- Do not string bet.
- Verbally announce your action, particularly in games
with non-professional dealers.
- Chips and discards should be placed as far forward
as reasonably possible to make it easier for the dealer
to handle them.
- When discarding your hand, do so towards the dealer
at a low level of flight so that no other player can see
what you have discarded.
- Do not expose any cards until 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
- Rabbit hunting (asking to see what cards would have
appeared, had you bet) should not be allowed.
- Every player must play in their own self interest.
Do not "soft play" any other player(s).
- Agreeing to "check-down" a hand after a player has
gone All-in is not allowed.
- Coffee-housing (speaking during a hand for strategic
purposes) is allowed in North America but please
Asking to see called hands unnecessarily is bad manners