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

No matter what your game setting, from the kitchen table to a high-stakes casino, it’s important to remember and put into practice key rules of poker etiquette to ensure that your poker game runs as fairly and as smoothly as possible, regardless of your favourite poker variety.

Firstly, it is important to remember that you should never play out of turn. Although you might have such a great hand that you can’t contain your excitement waiting for your turn to come around so you can raise the pot, too bad! Not only is this rude, but placing a bet before it’s your turn to do so can give other players a signal that might help them to make a decision themselves, as well as simply confusing the game play.

Next, you shouldn’t talk about the quality of your hand while other players are still placing bets, especially if you’ve already folded. If you do, this might give other players some information that they wouldn’t have had otherwise, giving certain players an unfair advantage. For example, if your pocket cards showed a seven and a two in Texas Hold ‘em and the flop appears as two sevens and one two, declaring that you could have reached a full house would give other players a clue that no other player has a full house (as generally, only one player has one), making it difficult for anyone else to bluff that they have this hand.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that you don’t accidentally show your cards to the other players in the game as you discard your cards when folding. If players know what cards you have folded, this will provide them with information that might affect the remainder of the hand. There is usually no reason to expose your cards to the other players until the very end of the hand.

Continue reading the second part of this article. Go to Poker Etiquette: Basic Poker Rules and Table Manners, Part 2.

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