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        As a big-bet poker player, a higher standard of behavior is behavior is expected of you than in most low-stakes limit poker games. We are trying to mold you into a winning player. Show some class win cleanly and graciously. Be a pleasant opponent. Any or the activities given below are improper poker behavior, will make others resent your presence, and thus will cost you money. 

  1. At big-bet poker, the amount or money in front of an opponent has a very strong effect on how we play a hand. A player is entitled to accurate information in this respect. He may ask, “How deep are you,” and the recipient of this query usually states an approximate figure. Sometimes the queried person will lift his arms and let the opponent get a view of his chips, which is usually sufficient. It is improper to conceal large denomination chips behind smaller denomination chips, or any such action that would deliberately mislead an opponent as to the amount of money in front of you.

  2. Collusion between players in a game is prohibited, so player should avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Out of order are soft-play agreements, potting out, agreeing to save a sum of money before the flop, or any other action that builds an “us and them” attitude. Particularly bad is agreeing not to bet the opponent when a third person is all-in this is a form of cheating. You are really saying, “Let’s give ourselves a better chance to win the pot at the expense of this other guy.”
  3. It is considered impolite to ask to see an rival’s hand that one has just beaten in a pot. Besides being rude, in most cases you are giving the opponent another chance to find something he overlooked. Even if you are not the pot-winner, you should be careful that your query does not give a player a second shot at the  pot

    I remember a pot-limit omaha poker game as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas that took place during a “Super Bowl of Poker” tournament. I flopped the under-full in a three-way pot that eventually totaled about $8,000. At the showdown one of my opponents tabled a full house. As the other one started to throw his hand away, I asked him, “What were your kickers?” I was curious how much duplication there was between my opponents’ hand. The person to whom I made this stupid inquiry halted his discarding and showed his hand. One of his kickers matched a boardcard and made him a bigger full house. The poor fellow who lost the eight grand because of my mouth reminds me of this incident whenever I run into him at a poker tournament. It is not a fond memory; I still am embarrassed about it. Please don’t ask to see a hand until it has been released into the muck.
  4. A player should always make his actions clear. If you put a big chip into the pot for a call, say “call.” Even though there is a rule that if you do not say “raise” it is a call, don’t leave anyone wondering about your intention. Learn to cut chips into the pot so your bet is neatly stacked and easily readable.
  5. Smoking will not boost your popularity. A good player is always interested in getting an invitation to a new game. While there is such a thing as a “polite smoker,” he still is not as welcome as a polite nonsmoker.
  6. Most players do not like a short-handed game. A player who is frequently absent hurts a game and will create resentment.
  7. A motor-mouth will be unpopular. Some talking is of course okay, but yakking loudly while some poor fellow facing a big bet is trying to decide what to do is certainly poor form. Do your conversing between hands. Doubly bad is endlessly discussing how a hand should have been played.
  8. Any activity interfering with your obligation to act promptly on your hand, such as heated discussions or newspaper reading, I inappropriate. Please pay attention to the game. 
  9. The responsibility for your result including a bad one is your own. The dealer is not the cause. You either played badly or were unlucky. It is disgusting to see a player make a serious error and start chastising the dealer after hand.
  10. On occasion an opponent does something so dumb you could not have anticipated such a play, causing you to make a misjudgment. Please say absolutely nothing.


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