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No, it is absolutely not rude to leave from UTG. Frankly, it a crazy suggestion. What right does anyone have other than yourself to compel you to spend your own money against your will! From any position, it's still your money. I'd suggest they were the rude one for proposing it. Not only is it fine, it's strategically best as it minimizes the cost per hand ...


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When faced with these situations in my home games, we begin to institute a penalty of some sort for any recurring violations. I think that works for both serious and friendly games - it may simply alter what penalty you choose. Examples we have followed: Folding of their hand (and either negating any bet they made on the current street or forfeiting that ...


17

If you want to see him become a better poker player, tell him. If not, keep it to yourself.


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It's the Host's responsibility to educate the players and warn them of the rules they need to follow. If the game is too rules focused, it can kill a good evening. Like you said, most times explaining to the player (especially if they are new) the rules and upcoming repercussions, is the best thing to do. If they fail to listen, then start beating them ...


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In the case of an inexperienced player, I would give a longer adjustment period. I might start instituting more severe repercussions on the fourth instance. This player sounds like he knows what he is doing (based in part on the "the casinos let me do it" comment), and as such, I'm going to be less forgiving. I would likely implement said 'severe ...


10

When you sit down, one of three things happens: 1) You pay the big blind because you are in that seat, and then start playing. 2) You wait one or more turns until the big blind comes around to you, and then start playing. 3) If you want to start playing immediately, out of position, you "post" an amount equivalent to the big blind bet to get into the game. ...


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If you want to help each other get better, you should tell him. Play against each other hard, but away from the table you can both benefit if you are each other's ally. If you tell him about his tell, you might be surprised when he reciprocates and tells you about yours.


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It is very important when explaining rules that you explain why the rules exist. For example, holding your cards below the table can lead to out-of-order play, which can actually be quite unfair to the other players, who either get information they wouldn't have had normally--in which case it is unfair to everyone else--or who unwittingly may reveal ...


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In 15+ years of playing in casinos and home games, I have never encountered a rule regarding when one can leave the table. Also, in looking at Robert's Rules of Poker by Bob Ciaffone, I can find no rule regarding when one can leave a game. So, you can get up and leave a table anytime you choose to and it's not rude. Leaving from UTG is a good plan as you ...


6

If there was an agreement to do so I would say that it is a form of collusion and therefore wrong. If it just happens then it should be considered softplay and may draw a warning acording to most tournament rules. By not being there the absent player cannot participate in the hand nor can he see the action taking place. That is to his detriment and if he ...


5

He mucked his cards, with his chips, then decided he 'changed his mind' and tried to pull back two cards. This was caught and his hand called dead. Well I would warn him the first time, maybe even a second but after that I would penalize him. A round of blinds is usually a good penalty. After a hand, he looked at another players hole cards that ...


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When else would you leave a cash game? By paying a round of blinds, you've paid for the right to play a round of hands. If you don't want to play another round of hands, don't pay another set of blinds. Always be wary of players who say it's rude to not throw your money away.


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You are correct. The blinds are usually paid in advance by either waiting for the button or posting from somewhere in the middle. Therefore, the optimal money management is to leave after your UTG hand. That said, if the game you are playing in is a private game and the players and/or host don't like you leaving in that spot, you probably have a decision to ...


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I'd tell him, as long as he tells me when he figures out my tells. It's a great way to help each other grow. That being said, I'd tell him after the game I figured it out in.


2

First of all rules apply equally to everyone. It is important to accept that calling a foul is not an attack on friendship or person. Anyone can call a foul but only people involved in the hand can call for a penalty. A penalty is either sitting out for a round of blinds or having a blind value ante for a round (penitents choice). If a situation occurs ...


1

I focus on my opponents. I watch for tells, determine styles of play, see if I can find things to exploit at the table. That keeps me busy enough. Okay, I admit it, I also play with my chips.


1

never play poker when you are tired or drunk. never! :) taking a walk is good option, it clears your mind) other things like headphones, cigars and chip tricks are only distract me. but it's very personal.


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You can leave a game (permanently) at any time. We're not talking about taking a few hands off to take a smoke - if someone does that in my game, they post their blinds automatically. The only (unwritten) rule we have in our game about leaving is that it's not cool to win a giant pot and then get up right away and leave the game. Of course, some of the ...


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Well... There is no rule regarding when to leave the table. You can leave at any moment. I think there is no "one correct answer". For example, I play in few home games - In one of them there was a rule (unwritten one) that whenever someone wants to leave, he/she announce it a round before. In other home game we set an exact hour to finish. In other ...


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I would try to distinguish between what's accidental and intentional. "Mixing up" chips might be accidental, and deserve a few warnings. But looking at mucked cards or taking back folds are intentional. Such actions deserve AT MOST one warning, after which penalties (or "barring") should apply.



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