Professional Poker Etiquette

I started my gambling career exclusively in private games. If the person running the game doesn’t like you, you don’t get invited back. I learned this lesson very quickly.

I am going to share some of my ideas to be a good poker player and increase your chances of getting invited back to good games, and I hope some of y’all will share your ideas.

  1. Never berate other players for their play (and certainly never berate a dealer).

  2. If someone asks you what you think of their play, give your honest opinion in a nice manner. People will play with stronger players so they can learn from them.

  3. Do not talk while other players are playing post-flop. It disrupts people’s ability to think. And when you are in a hand, do not talk to your opponent unless they talk to you first.

  4. If someone is steaming or tilting at the table, don’t say anything. Leave them alone. We’ve all been there.

  5. If an inexperienced player breaks the rules of poker etiquette, don’t take it personally. Brush it off. Don’t get upset.

  6. Avoid any shady movements. Don’t reach for chips unless betting. Use clear, concise language.

  7. Keep chips and cards neat and visible so people know how much you are playing with and can see you are in the hand.

  8. Don’t get involved in disputes that have nothing to do with you.

  9. If a decision needs to be made and it is EV neutral, let the other player choose (running it multiple times etc)

  10. You don’t have to socialize, but a nice disposition goes a long way 🙂

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