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You may be new to Poker, but no one else has to know that. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can sit at the table with all the confidence of the card sharks. However, as with most casino games, there are some basic, unspoken rules called poker etiquette, that you should abide by. Most of these rules are concerned with the fairness of the game, player safety, and just maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
To play poker properly (try saying that 10 times fast!), make sure you know the House Rules. Each casino may have its own set of house rules. It’s best to check them upon arrival so that you can ensure you’re playing by the rules. Some of these may include:
Betting always goes clockwise
Never bet out of turn
Nothing is allowed on the poker table except the cards, your drink, and chips
Do not bend, dent, or mark the cards in any way
Do not touch another players cards
Play only one table at a time (“One player, one hand”)
Be kind & respectful to the dealer and other players
Obviously, one of the biggest sins in Poker etiquette is cheating. This is something every Poker player and Casino takes very seriously. There may be many forms of cheating, but they usually fall into 4 basic categories:
Collusion – This requires two or more players scheming together to beat the other players. This may be difficult to catch.
Mechanics – This often involves the dealer and is done through a sleight of hand. For example, false shuffling or dealing from the bottom of the deck. Casino dealers are well monitored so you typically do not have to worry about this at most Casinos.
Imported Chips – This is easily avoided as most casinos have custom made chips. However, if you’re playing at home, it could be an issue.
Marked Cards – This is executed by marking cards prior to their use in a game, which can include a tear or a bend in a card. Casinos use a new deck each time to avoid this. Some cheaters may use cards marked by invisible ink that is only visible through special glasses.
Of course, one of the most common forms of cheating is trying to steal a quick peek at another players cards. Clearly, ANY form of cheating goes against Poker etiquette and can cause you to be blacklisted or face serious penalties. Also, make sure you are aware of others potentially trying to cheat and always keep your guard up!
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