Poker is a social game in which you are always interacting with new people. As a result, it’s no surprise that there are a set of unwritten rules that make this game more fun no matter where they’re played.
The term “poker etiquette” relates to how players should act at the poker table. It requires adhering to an unwritten system of poker rules that encourages good sportsmanship, quick play, and a safe playing environment.
Poker Etiquette: Common Basic Rules
Act Swiftly: While it’s understandable if you need more time to consider things on later streets or as the pots grow bigger, don’t put the game on hold too often. This situation could include things like:
- When you’re in a hand, you pay more attention to what’s on TV than to what’s going on at the poker table.
- Speaking with another player or the dealer, and then causing the action to stall down excessively when it comes to you.
- Using your phone while holding cards in your hand.
- Trying to juggle too many things at once (such as having a meal and playing poker)
Pay Attention: While this is similar to the previous point (in that paying attention will aid in the game flow and pace), there are a few additional points to be understood:
- Pay Attention: While it is usual to listen to music while playing these days, never plug both of your ears or play your music loudly enough to drain out other players or the dealer. You can end up delaying the game unnecessarily by having to affirm an action you didn’t hear the first time around. Furthermore, you may lose out on crucial information from your opponents that could help you make better decisions.
- Always “Act in Turn”: This aspect is crucial because it may influence the actions of other players during the hand. While behaving out-of-turn on occasion is understandable, doing so repeatedly and/or purposely is an angled shot that could result in dismissal.
Poker Etiquette in Online Poker
If you’re playing poker behind a computer screen it doesn’t mean that you are exempt from poker etiquette. While many of the live examples of poker etiquette may not be applicable in online poker, there are a few enhancements and minor differences to be aware of:
The Chat Box:
- Don’t use all capital letters in your writing: If you do this, you will appear furious and agitated all of the time, which is obnoxious and distracting to the other players.
- Don’t go overboard with your chat box usage from the rail: If you’re on the rail and watching a table, keep your chat box conversation to a minimum, and don’t be too distracting to the players.
- Don’t Express Your Emotional State: Just like in live poker, don’t express your rage and/or tilt in the text box, and don’t bash another player for their conduct.
- During a hand, don’t reveal what your hole cards were.
- After you’ve folded a hand, don’t discuss the action in the hand.
- After winning a hand against you, feel free to congratulate your opponent: After losing a pot to their opponent, players frequently type “nh” (which stands for “nice hand”).
- Feel Free to Mute Bothersome Opponents: Many poker players provide a feature that allows you to mute particular opponents or deactivate the chatbox entirely if your opponents are being disrespectful, distracting, or annoying.
- Don’t Intentionally Slow Down the Game: Just because you have a time bank and a maximum time limit for each action doesn’t imply you should take advantage by taking longer than necessary. It’s an understandable component of the game if you’re excessively multi-tabling (or if you’re playing bigger stakes and need to balance your bluffs and value hands for each action by trying to take the same amount of time for each action). However, if you know you’re going to fold and/or can act faster, go ahead and do it! It’ll help keep the game moving along and keep the other players satisfied.