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Texas Hold’em Poker
Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em Poker Etiquette

Few casino games have as much etiquette as Texas Hold’em. If you plan to play, it’s best you understand the written and unwritten rules of the game.

On the matter of cards

A hand is seen displaying a pair of aces.

Cards must be kept on or above the table surface in plain view. Cards may not be removed from the edge of the table surface. The winning hand will remain face up until after the pot has been awarded. In the event of a showdown, where one or more players remains after the last betting round, all patrons must show their two hole cards upon the request of any players.

Cards talk. A winning hand must show all cards face up on the table. The player performing the last action in a showdown (checking or betting) must turn their hand over first.

Keep your chips neatly in view

Four stacks of chips in varying colours are neatly lined up.

Chips must always stay in full view of the dealer. Removing chips from the table is not permitted, unless permission has been given from a supervisor or manager.

Keep your chips organized and neat. Everyone at the table should be able to see how many you have, and you should be able to see the amounts of other players.

Wait your turn

Two players sit at the poker table with an empty seat between them.

You may not play over another player. Similarly, you may not play in another person’s seat when they are absent.

Bet according to form

Four players sit at a poker table. A speech bubble with an exclamation mark appears above the group, while pointing to the player to the far right.

Placing a single chip into the betting area that is larger than the previous bet is considered calling the bet unless a raise is announced. In other words, unless it’s stated out loud that you’re raising in this situation, the dealer will provide you with change.

String raises are not allowed. For example, a player who says, “I’ll see your $10 and raise you $15” is making a string raise. You must put the full amount of the bet or raise in the centre of the table at the same time or, verbally announce your raise.

Verbal statements in turn are binding; verbal statements out of turn may also be binding. For example, if you announce that you are calling the current bet, you cannot proceed to raise. You must follow through with your verbal statement at the casino.

Pay Your Dues

A hand places a stack of chips next to another stack of chips.

Player’s must have at least the amount of the Big Blind to play the next hand, if they don’t they must do a full re-buy.

The players will pay session fees even if they are not present at the table at the time of collection. The dealer or floor person will collect session fees from absent players, taking the amounts from their chip stack.

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