Poker allows players to play with each other and win the total pot on the table. The casinos keep a low house edge on poker as they do not lose anything in the game. It is the players who strategize and use their skills to win over their opponents. Any beginner would need to learn the basic rules of the game in order to make an informed decision. While it is easy to learn the rules, learning the strategies for poker can take years. At the same time, it is important for one to learn about the poker etiquettes to develop a reputation among the pros. Here are ten unwritten poker etiquettes that you should learn.
Never angle shoot
Angle shooting is a practice where a player tries to peek at other player’s cards to take advantage. Such players are considered the worst kind and can be eliminated for doing so in professional tournaments. Acting out of your turn, hiding high-value chips to deceive other players, stating that you have a winning hand when you don’t, saying “raise” when calling are some other types of angle shoots to avoid.
Do not slow-rolling
Slow rolling is when you are sure that you have a winning hand, and yet you continue to waste everyone’s time with unnecessary drama. Having a good hand and refusing to show it on time, creating an illusion that another player is going to win, is considered disgraceful. Instead of slow-rolling, act like a graceful winner and play in a timely manner.
Do not call the clock
If it is not necessary, you do not have to follow the rule of calling the clock on other players. Every player has 60 seconds to make their move, after which other players can call the clock on them. However, if you do it too soon, you are not giving your opponents enough time to make their decision comfortably. Treat them with respect, and surely they will act on time when they ready. Call clock only on the players who are intentionally wasting time.
Act in your turn
You should know when it is your turn to make a move. Do not announce your move before the player in front of you makes their move. Acting out of your turn is unfair to other players and is considered rude. Players will not do this on purpose. Usually, it is when they are distracted from the table. Nevertheless, it is a bad manner and should be avoided.
Respect the dealer
One rule of the game is that you always respect your dealer. It is not in their control to make you win or lose. So blaming the dealer for your losses is a disrespectful move. If you point out a mistake, you can politely ask them to fix it or call the floorman to report the problem. Be a gentleman while putting forward your point, and you will listen well.