In 2012 wsop rules pdf file, I couldn't find any information about trash talking. Is it legal or illegal in world series of poker? From 2006, I find a video called Jamie Gold talking with trash talk but I don't think that was a trash talking.

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    I should think it is. Phil Hellmuth has made a career out of it (as well as being an exceptional player).
    – Robbie Dee
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:17
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    Tony G would also be in a lot of trouble!
    – Gaz Winter
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 12:16

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As This article explains -and I remember watching Negreanu complaining about it on the feature table of 2011 WSOP Main Event- there is a rule that almost forbids all talking on the table.

"41. No Disclosure
Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players, whether in the hand or not, may not:

  1. Disclose contents of live or folded hands,
  2. Advise or criticize play at any time,
  3. Read a hand that hasn't been tabled.

The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced."

Specially number two leaves trash talking out. The article points out it's a seven years old rule, but it has been really enforced on last year WSOP. It's my understanding that on this year WSOP (2012) that enforcement has been relaxed a little, I think it's OK to talk when only two players are in the hand.

Also you can check a Daniel Negreanu blog post about that rule.

  • I followed that thing at the time, cause I was really curious if they were going to change it or wipe it out altogether. I agreed with Negreanu then and I agree with him now: that rule is stupid. Period. Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 23:29
  • Great answer! I had no idea this rule existed.
    – T.C. Herb
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 21:13
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    Calling your mother fat isn't criticizing your play, unless your play is so horrible that your mother fell into a deep depression and couldn't stop eating. :)
    – Devin
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 15:35
  • @Devin Lol, nice. Commented May 7, 2013 at 15:14

There is no rule about trash talking in the WSOP. As long as your banter isn't considered threatening to another player you can say pretty much whatever you want. It's poker. The only thing Gold could have potentially gotten in trouble for in the above mentioned video is discussing his hole cards before the hand is over. But I think that rule has only recently been subject to strict enforcement.

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