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Poker etiquette are rules of proper behavior in a game.

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Are you allowed to flip coins or roll dice at a casino

If players are worried about not being unpredictable enough, can they bring a coin or die with them to roll in order to help make decisions?
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odd newbie question about "sketching" at the table?

I am thinking of getting into poker. I like to draw / sketch as well. What do you all think about the idea of "sketching" at the poker table when sitting out a hand ? Would that be totally ...
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Is it poor etiquette to fake all-in on the river?

I've started using this technique that has been profitable: when I'm semi-bluffing and my draws brick on the river, I am faced with having to bluff a big river bet. I sometimes start sliding all my ...
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N00b ethics question about calculators in online poker (or choker)

(Actually, I'm asking motivated by a calculator for choker = chess + poker, but I believe the same applies to regular poker, Texas hold'em or whatever.) My context: I played poker a bit, mostly online ...
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In.a rotating dealer game, are there rules prohibiting the dealer from touching the deck when it isn't necessary?

I have a group of friends who play Texas Hold'em, and one of the guys who plays has a habit of picking up the deck at really odd times when he's dealing. This is playing with a rotating dealer, so at ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for clarification after the hand had been started?

Our neighborhood game plays dealer's choice with many strange variations and a few non-standard hand ranking. Is it acceptable to ask for clarification after the hand had been started? A few players ...
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Show hand in a HEADs UP situation to the raiser while playing MTT

playing a MTT: UTG goes ALLIN (35-40BB, it covers me). The action fold to me on the big blind. Can I show my cards to the raiser to get more information? Just want to know if I CAN do that or not.
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Can I top off my stack and add more chips without telling the dealer?

At the casino, I carry extra chips in my pocket that are not in play yet. I use those chips to top off my stack whenever it goes below 100 BB. As long as I respect the maximum buy-in rule, can I ...
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Are players allowed to show one card mid-game?

Is there any rule forcing players not to show their cards before showdown, while a hand is being played? Can players talk aloud about their hands? That is, not a folded hand. What would happen if a ...
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Etiquette: Why is it rude to ask to see a mucked bluff?

If i call i river bet and the aggressor mucks, why is it bad etiquette to request to see the hand? I get that the common understanding is that its rude unless you suspect collusion. I also get that ...
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Is it proper to tip the folks who manage the table list?

I know there’s etiquette regarding tipping a dealer. But is it appropriate to tip the folks who manage the player lists for tables? If so, how much?
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How much should I be tipping when I cash a live tournament?

I play in Portland, Oregon where for legal reasons the dealers are "volunteers". They don't get paid a wage by the house, the only money they make is from tips. I've been trying to tip around 7.5%. I ...
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Not announcing raise on purpose

Setting: You are playing 1$/2$ or 2$/4$ ish live cash game or 100$ to 500$ live tournament. Pre Flop every one folds to you / you are UTG and you put in a single chip which is 5x the BB. After you ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

I recently had someone claim (on an unrelated SE site I won't link to) that it is the responsibility of a player to correctly identify their hand, that what you "call" your hand determines ...
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What constitutes a call?

Recently played a cash game with friends and had a situation arise. I was head to head with a friend, culminating in me going all in after the river. My friend asked for a chip count, then counted his ...
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Are you obligated to chop blinds, if you already chopped before?

One of my players mentioned to another player that you cannot refuse to chop blinds if you have been chopping blinds. He said that the floor person would back him up with a ruling. I thought this was ...
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Is a player allowed to hold their hands across the "line" at the poker table?

Is a player allowed to hold their cards across the "line" so as to suggest that they are going to fold in order to get a read on others at the table? Are they allowed to continue doing so hand after ...
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Is it rude to cash out when ahead, then buy back in?

I’ve noticed that in the times that I get ahead during a cash game, my “winner’s high” makes me vulnerable and I can lose quite a bit of my stack this way. Is it rude or not if I decide to cash in ...
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How should money won by a cheater be distributed?

At some point during an ongoing game one player is caught red-handed cheating. The abuse is of the same level of severity as the proverbial ace up his sleeve. The player is kicked out and told to ...
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Rules for non-players distracting players in a hand?

Are there rules about people who are loud and talking over players heads distracting those who are in game? I was in a hand, a person not in the game was standing behind me talking to a player across ...
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I won't tip the dealer, will I be thrown out? [closed]

I am going to play in an American casino for the first time tomorrow. I won't tip the dealer, ever. Is that ok? Will I be thrown out?
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Angle shoot speech play - for sure I am calling

Acting in turn on the river if you said "for sure I am calling" to get a reaction would that that be ruled a call? Mainly looking for feedback from dealers. What about slag "for sure going to look ...
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Tank on river when last to act and all bets in

I have this happen in my home game. The guy is a weak so I don't want to kick him out. Guy gets called on the river and opponent has shown his cards. The guy will tank showing or mucking his cards ...
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Should you intentionally take long to fold after somebody raises to hide your bluff?

If you are playing a hand and you've been largely bluffing through it, and somebody (re)raises all-in, should you fold immediately, or should you pretend to think about it in order to hide the fact ...
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It is proper to burn cards if there is no further action?

It is proper to burn cards if there is no further action? i.e. all in preflop, or after the flop
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Etiquette on talking at the table

Is it bad form to ask or address a player in the hand when you are no longer in it ? For example: 2 players are working their way to the river. A third player asks one of them what his favorite gum is....
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Poker etiquette on split pots

Is it considered bad etiquette to raise on a fairly obvious split-pot? e.g. straight/royal flush on the board, or quads on the board when its fairly expected that both players have an Ace. I get ...
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Bad Etiquette or Smart Poker? [duplicate]

When you're sitting at a cash table at a casino and you're ready to leave, is it bad etiquette to wait until you're about to be in the big blind and then walk? This obviously makes the most sense ...
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Why is this behavior penalized, and how standard are these rules?

I am talking about Poker TDA rules. In particular, rule 53. In Poker Stars or alikes, if I fold when I could just check, I receive a warning telling "You can just check and still play. do you want to ...
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Can I Bet and Call Blind

After the river card, I made a "semi" value bet (I'm way far from having the nuts but I'm still relatively good). The community cards have a lot of potentials which I'm not gonna mention here. I'm ...
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Is there a hand gesture for calling?

I'm going to the casino this weekend after playing a fair bit online and with mates. I wanted to know if there was a gesture to call, just like tapping the table means "check". You might be thinking "...
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Bar room free roll poker

So I work in a bar that does free roll poker, all good and well, but is there a way to weed out non buying customers from winning? Would that not fall under loitering for gambling purposes under the ...
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Calling out tells

A friend of mine has a habit of pointing out others' tells to the group that we are playing with (eg, "John just moved his card like so--he definitely has at least a pair"). I argued that this is bad ...
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Can I bet on who I think will win the hand at a casino?

Would I be allowed to say to my friend at the table "I bet 10 dollars that gentleman there wins this hand." Assuming that both of us are not currently in the hand. Is this rude? Is this legal?
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Proper way to dispute a dealer's actions

I was recently in a poker room where I saw some unexpected behavior from a dealer. I don't want to call the place out, but I do want to make it clear that it's not a small-time or shady operation; big-...
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Metrics on time to make decisions in live play?

Are there any metrics out there that determine the average length of time you have to make a decision in live poker? For example, let's take a tournament scenario, the antes and the blinds are out ...
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What would happen in a professional tournament if a player was obviously taking performance enhancing drugs?

Recently I stumbled across the field of nootropics. I don't know anywhere near enough to say whether they really work, and I'm not willing to try any of the unregulated drugs unless a regulatory ...
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Run it more than once

I was told there is etiquette regarding running a hand more than once. Three times was suggested, so as to give your opponent an opportunity to not lose all his chips/get stacked. Three times gives ...
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What you use to get your poker "A" when playing live?

I mean, headphones, kind of music you listen, playing other games on celular (if allowed) to "distract" a bit, taking a walk, cigars, drinks, gums in mouth, playing with chips... what is your stuff ...
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Is it bad etiqutte for the whole table to agree to let someone blind out?

There is probably no wrong or right answer to this just wondered what the general opinion is. To set the scene. I was just playing in a tourney where we got down to the final 6 and 5 paid. The chip ...
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Is it impolite to leave a cash game when I'm about to be the big blind?

In games with a small blind and big blind structure, I've always thought that the blinds are a kind of fee you pay to be allowed to see the next round of hands until your next blind. Therefore, I ...
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At what point does poor etiquette turn into cheating?

Similar to How do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette, I ran into a situation at a recent game that threw me. A player I was not familiar with kept doing really odd things. For example: ...
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Revealing a Friend's Tells

You have a friend with whom you play regularly. You want to help each other get better, and you frequently discuss strategy, hands, etc. You've picked up on a tell of his. Do you ... Tell him about ...
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In a private live game, how do you deal with severe violations of table etiquette?

In some of the early cash games I played, we had one player who would consistently hold his cards below the table, out of sight. It was a group of friends, so the assumption was that he was not ...
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