When playing poker, whether it’s online, in a brick-and-mortar casino or at home, it is unpleasant to have to deal with false assumptions and arguments. Basic poker etiquette is to avoid all arguments whenever you can. Mutual respect between players is very important, even if you’re trying to win. A good understanding of poker etiquette and unspoken rules can create a better atmosphere at a table for everyone and prevent unnecessary arguments.
A false assumption – online poker is rigged
Players often assume that online poker sites let new players win to keep them around. It is difficult to pull this off with all the sensors and trackers in place to keep players from cheating. Others assume that cards are fixed to build bigger pots. The theory is that poker rooms have strong hands that are given out to two to three players to create bigger pots. This theory simply isn’t true for the same reasons mentioned above.
When playing at a reputable casino operator, you can play online casino games like poker with the assurance that they are not rigged. You can select from many different poker games, such as Texas Hold’em.
Arguments about the blind structure
One common argument when playing poker is about the blind structure. Players may argue about how slow or fast blinds are moving. Disagreements also occur over the amount of increase between each blinds level.
The best way to deal with this when playing poker at home is for the host to determine the blind structure before the game begins. The host can announce how it’s going to work before players start playing.
Arguments about house rules
Poker’s popularity means there are often ‘know-it-all’ in poker games at home who want to tell others how to play. When you play as a guest in someone’s home, the host’s house rules apply. Instead of arguing about how things are done elsewhere, players should refer to the host when disagreements happen. If the host establishes a clear set of rules before a game begins, everyone knows what to expect.
The problem of slow players
In a poker game, other players may become frustrated with a player who is slow to react. A player may take forever to put out blinds, make a bet, or take any other decision. For those hoping for a win in poker, it can start arguments. Slow players will often feel embarrassed when others argue with them about their speed.
Players should be patient and see whether it happens only once or whether it’s consistent behavior. They should give others as much time as they need when they are in the big pot or have tough decisions. However, it is not acceptable to take too much time to make every single move. If the poker game is taking place at home, the host could pull the player aside and have a word. Players can ‘call the clock’ to limit time if things are getting out of hand and a player is wasting time on purpose.