Know Why Poker is Termed As a Mind-Sport!
Poker is a Gentleman’s game. There are certain etiquettes that are expected from the players to maintain the class and dignity of the game. These aforementioned terms are often understood and adopted in daily life while one is playing the game, but we have enlisted the top 8 ones as a crash course for you.
Never Play Out of Turn
It’s quite natural to be excited when you have been dealt a good hand, but you should wait for your turn to raise the pot. Similar is the case when you are folding hands. Playing out of turn can hamper the mood of the game and confuse the action of fellow players.
Never Discuss After Folding
Chatting about the possibilities of winning after folding is tempting, but it will spoil the game for others. One of the players from the table might benefit from your info and put others’ bet in jeopardy. So never discuss, till the game is over and #DontSpoilTheGame
Never Show Your Cards Until the Game Reaches That Stage
After folding, you should never flip or flash your cards. Doing so will give other players the information which will change the way the rest of the hand is supposed to be played out. But if you are all-in, you are free to show your cards and see how the odds have favoured you.
Never Splash The Pot
You must have seen in the movies that at the table, players (actors) throw in a bunch of chips, randomly. As cool as it may look, it is strictly prohibited in an actual game. If you toss your bet in the centre of the pot when there’s already a few chips thrown in, you will end up ‘splashing the pot’, making it difficult for others to calculate how much you have actually bet. Stack your chips in front of you to avoid the confusion.
String Bets are a Strict No-no
“I’ll call your 100 and raise another 500,” WOW! Amazeballs! Yeah, in reel life. In real life, not so much. This is another bad habit that they actually show in the movies and it’s called the String Bet. You should declare whatever you are doing, whether calling or raising, separately.
Show to All When Showing
If you know that you are going to win as soon as you pick your cards and intend to show even before the showdown, don’t just show your cards to the player sitting right next to you. Remember, you two are not the only ones playing.
Make sure that you don’t have to be reminded every now and then when it is your turn. Your attention should be undivided when you are playing the game and should follow the action without missing anything so that you can calculate in your mind and increase your chances of winning.
Last but certainly not the least. Badmouthing other players/the dealer or showing your frustration when you are losing won’t help you win. Other than the money, you will also lose respect.
Whether playing online or in real life, #PokerDemandsYourDecency.