Poker Etiquette – Can’t We All Just Get Along

You should know these rules if you are reading this.

Look, there’s a lot of poker to be had this summer and that means we’re all going to be spending a lot of time together. It’s also hot and sweaty out. So if we can agree to a few basic simple principles while we are trying to take each others money, doing the walk of shame will be just a little less frustrating. Cool? Cool.

Thankfully, the guys over at Betfair have laid out a few basic guidelines, in case we need a refresher. Like don’t slow roll, try to act in turn and the essential…don’t be smelly.

If you’re planning on playing live poker at any point please ensure you have had a wash and put some clean clothes on. In the live arena you are often sat very close to your opponents and the game is hard enough without having to stop your gag reflex because someone at the side of you smells like an old Shire horse. The same goes for bad breath, if you have the breath of a thousand lizards either don’t talk or chew some gum. Thanks.

Of course let’s not talk about hands in progress, be cool to the dealer and try not to physically attack others at the table.

The smelly guy who has been talking about the hand in progress and over-celebrate may deserve a smack in the face but you’re not the person to give him it. Likewise, remember that despite the money aspect of poker, poker is still a game and if you have to bray someone when you lose a hand then maybe poker isn’t the game for you.

Check out all the Etiquette tips over at Betfair.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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