You may want to begin your first live poker game. Their are
certain rules of etiquette you should know:
Whether you’re playing at a brick and morter
game or in an online casino, there is basic poker etiquette that any
player should know and follow. These basic poker rules of good
behavior make sure the game is fair and runs smoothly, no matter
what kind of game you’re playing.
Don't play out of turn
While you may be so excited about how good your hand is you can
hardly wait to raise the pot, you have to wait until it's your turn
to do so. Same goes for folding hands you can't wait to get away
from. If you jump the gun, it gives other players information they
shouldn't have before they make their own decision and can confuse
Don't talk about your hand while the game is in progress
Once you've folded, it's tempting to chat about what would have
happened if you had stayed in, but if anyone who's still in the hand
hears, it'll give them information that they might use to their
advantage. For instance, if you had a 7-2 as your pocket cards in
Hold'em and the flop comes 7-7-2, if you blurt out that you would
have had a full house, everyone will know that it's unlikely that
any player still in the hand has the full house, making it hard to
bluff and represent that hand.
Don't splash the pot
There are two bad betting habits that you see a lot in the movies
which are no-nos in real life. The first is when a player tosses his
bet in a big mess in the center of the pot. That's called Splashing
the Pot, and it makes it hard to tell how much you've bet. A better
way is just to stack your chips neatly in front of you to bet.
Don't make string bets.
The second bad habit from movies is the string bet, which is when
a player goes "I'll call your 500.... and raise another 1000!" You
have to declare whether you're simply calling or raising right away
-- once you say "call," that's all you can do. If you're going to
raise, say raise and the amount right away. This is especially
important in casinos.
Don't be rude of mean
Even if you're having a bad losing streak, it doesn't give you
the right to curse other players or be rude to the dealer. It will
win you neither pots nor friends.
If you show one, show all.
f you win a hand before the showdown but want to show your cards
anyway, you can't just show them to the one player to your left or
right, you have to turn them up for the whole table to see. After
all, why should only the lucky players next to you get to know what
you were holding?
Do Pay Attention
If you're in a hand, don't make everyone remind you that it's
your turn -- keep up with the action so the game keeps moving.
Talking on cell phones is a bad idea.