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.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

This article is a continuation of Poker Etiquette: Basic Poker Rules and Table Manners. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so now.

If you’re a gambling movie fan, you’ve probably noticed how the big stars usually throw their chips into the middle of the pot when it’s time to make a bet. This move is termed ‘splashing the pot’, and is annoying as it makes it difficult for the other players to see how much you have bet and adjust their calls accordingly. Instead of throwing your chips around, try stacking your chips tidily on the table to keep the game running nicely.

Another movie trick that the big stars use is to make what is called a ‘string bet’, involving declaring that the player will call, and subsequently announcing a ‘raise’ – that is, “I’m going to call your 20 and raise you 50.” This isn’t acceptable, especially in high-stakes casinos. Choose which one you’re going to do before you say it – you can’t call and raise, but you can just raise if you choose to do so.

Some elements of poker etiquette should be practiced at all times, not just when playing poker. For example, it’s never a good idea to get aggressive with others – no matter how good a hand you’re having, there’s no reason to start a shouting match with the dealer. In addition, if you see that you’ve won a hand before the end of the game and wish to show your cards to one player, don’t just show your cards to that player. Show your cards for the whole table, as showing cards to just one isn’t fair on the others. Finally, pay attention to what’s happening during the game. It’s never a good idea to be in a situation where a player has to remind you it’s your turn every betting round.

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