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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

Casinos in the US generally have the "cards speak" rule. That is, when a hand is properly tabled--exposed to everyone at showdown--it is the responsibility of all players, the dealer, floormen, and ...
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Is there a hand gesture for calling?

No, there is no common gesture. There is, however, the "one chip rule": If you are facing a bet, and throw into the pot a single chip worth more than the amount to call, you have called. For example, ...
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Is there a hand gesture for calling?

TL;DR: Please just say the word "call." I suspect different house rules might apply here, but in my experience, these are general rules. YMMV. Also, I'm basing this answer on the TDA rules, ...
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Calling out tells

It depends whether the hand was in progress or not. I think you are free to tell tells if you like, you will lose out though and will annoy people hoping to exploit this tell. If this happened in the ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

In casinos I’ve played in, it’s always “cards speak”. So if you have a straight flush but verbally indicate a straight, the dealer will acknowledge the straight flush.
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How much should I be tipping when I cash a live tournament?

From my experience as a dealer when closing out a tournament, the player whom ended up winning would give the 'loose change' from their win as a tip. I.E. say you take down a 100$ tournament in your ...
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Why is this behavior penalized, and how standard are these rules?

The reason it is penalized is to stop collusion and giving an unfair advantage to other players. Let me just give you two examples to the above reasons. Player A and player B are working together to ...
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Who wins if a player mis-identifies their hand?

In the several casinos I've played in the cards speak for themselves, but you have to be careful to show down or you can get burned. In particular, I saw the following hand at Mohegan Sun where the ...
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Etiquette: Why is it rude to ask to see a mucked bluff?

So I'll preface this answer with that as a former dealer I've always applied the rules and I've never really cared too much for what the players believe is the rules, or what is good etiquette around ...
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Etiquette on talking at the table

Once you get into action then never. Pre flop with just some small raises maybe. Once you see a flop then mum. It could be construed as code words for discussing the hand. It distracts a player in ...
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Poker etiquette on split pots

No, it's not bad etiquette to want to try win a pot. You'd be surprised how many players don't realise an obvious split-pot.
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Proper way to dispute a dealer's actions

Your scenario sounds like a dealer that is either really new, not trained well or a blackjack/pai gow dealer switching over to poker. What surprises me is that the other players at the table where ...
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How should money won by a cheater be distributed?

Generally speaking there is limited scope to what happens. Generally, the house is not responsible for damage done by cheaters, and they really don't have a right to say confiscate chips or cash to ...
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Is it rude to cash out when ahead, then buy back in?

Yes it's rude, or rather many players will consider it rude. However you're playing I assuming to make money and not friends, so if you want to cash out and buy-in again that's your business. However ...
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odd newbie question about "sketching" at the table?

Yes, that would probably come as disrespectful. Not to mention that if you want to be successful in your games, you should be paying attention to what's going on at the table.
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Can I Bet and Call Blind

From Robert's Rules of Poker: "Deliberately acting out of turn will not be tolerated. A player who checks out of turn may not bet or raise on the next turn to act. A player who has called out of turn ...
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Run it more than once

It's important to realize that running it more than once does not change the odds at all. It will only reduce the variance for you and your opponent. If you want to reduce your variance as much as ...
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Is a player allowed to hold their hands across the "line" at the poker table?

This is a very good question. In a very technical sense a hand is not "folded" until it is released over the line. They key word being released. As long as a player is holding their cards or has them ...
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Is a player allowed to hold their hands across the "line" at the poker table?

So as a dealer, I've had this situation occur many many many times. To put it bluntly if it's angle shoot, as you said to try get a reaction out of a player, I'm informing the player not to do so and ...
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odd newbie question about "sketching" at the table?

I have seen people do this before, in my case they would usually draw/sketch on their phone or an ipad when they are out of a hand. I do not find it to be bad etiquette as long as they are paying ...
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Are you allowed to flip coins or roll dice at a casino

Yeah go for it, however a much simpler way of doing it, without having people being very easily able to tell what you are doing would be use a watch. Older book now, but Harrington on Hold'em ...
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What would happen in a professional tournament if a player was obviously taking performance enhancing drugs?

I've had a fair bit of experience with nootropics - I'm narcoleptic, and a lot of what people use as nootropics are on-label prescriptions for me. I'd say that if you feel like you can focus on the ...
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What would happen in a professional tournament if a player was obviously taking performance enhancing drugs?

Nothing, besides perhaps criminal investigation. Poker is not a sport with a sanctioning body like the NBA, NFL etc, that has sanctioning powers in this respect. Casino promoters, (Use this term as ...
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Bar room free roll poker

I own a poker tour in Colorado that specializes in "bar poker". I feel your pain in the sense of not wanting people who aren't spending money to win anything, but the way the law is interpreted in my ...
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Bar room free roll poker

Not Sure if it breaks laws, but you could give paying customers an advantage by adding to their chip stacks if they buy products. As long as it's obvious to everyone of course. However, that may mean ...
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Can I Bet and Call Blind

If you and your opponent are heads up, you can say something like "I'm not folding", which basically communicates the same thing (if you raise, I'm going to call), and avoids the rule stated above in ...
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Bad Etiquette or Smart Poker?

Definitely not bad form in my opinion and I've never seen anyone berated for doing so in the way you described. I also usually do this, for the reasons you have given, and will continue to do so.
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It is proper to burn cards if there is no further action?

I agree with @Danny in that the cards should always be burned. This should apply even in the case of all-in preflop, for 2 reasons: while pre-flop, you can see the top card of the deck, so you might ...
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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? Yes, absolutely. There is no case where it is not considered proper to burn cards if there is no further action. Some Context: Cards are ...
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Etiquette on talking at the table

If you're out of the hand it is definitely considered bad form to discuss the hand being played. If it's not poker related, like in this situation, it's not out of line. Unless, the opposing player ...
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