Poker Etiquette - Etiquette in Online Poker - Live Poker Etiquette
Most of the time, poker etiquette is more about common sense than technicalities. Especially in online games, where you can't, for instance, act out of turn or avoid following the rules properly. [Read more...] This is also one of the advantages of playing poker online. As an inexperienced live poker player, playing at a casino can be a bit intimidating at first. There are several unwritten laws that can be broken, and you might not be familiar with the house rules at a particular casino. On the other hand, just like any other social situation, a poker game where all players practice a bit of common courtesy will be much more enjoyable for everyone.
Etiquette in Online Poker
In an online poker room, your primary concern is to act respectfully and try not to slow the game down. If someone is acting rudely at the table or is making you feel uncomfortable in any way, you can always just turn off the chat or simply change the table. Getting involved in conflicts is unnecessary and will also almost certainly mess up your game.
It's very important not to discuss hands in the chat while they are in progress, regardless if you're involved in the hand yourself. Discussing the play or the hole cards is not only a major annoyance for the players involved, it is also generally prohibited by the house rules. Commenting on hands while in play might be ok in your friendly home game, but not online.
Handing out "helpful advice" to your opponents or quoting poker strategy is not likely to make you more respected or popular. Even if you indeed are an expert player, unwarranted comments on the way people play their hands could make beginners feel uncomfortable and leave, and your fellow experts will - correctly - consider you an idiot.
Live Poker Etiquette
Most of the above tips apply to live games as well, but when you play in a land-based casino there are some procedures that you need to take into account as well. For instance, you should never act out of turn, like folding your hand or betting/raising when it's not your turn. Even if it's done unintentionally it will be considered cheating in some cases and at the very least impolite. Some other helpful guidelines:
Don't splash the pot: When you bet, raise or call, never toss your chips nonchalantly into the middle. No one will know how much you put in there, which means that the chips may well have to be recounted. This is an unnecessary and tedious procedure that is easily avoided if you just place your chips neatly in front of you.
If you decide to show down an uncalled hand, you should show it to everyone at the table and not just to your opponent. In some casinos this is a house rule, and even if it isn't it is rude to the other players.