Playing poker is not only about the rules of the game and its strategies but also about the norms associated with the game, especially in the context of accepted behavior and conduct that is to be respected and followed at all times. In this article we shall discuss some behavioral conduct and procedures that are associated with a poker game.
One of the first norms of the game is that players cannot carry and place cash on the table. Many people mistakenly believe that the game is played using actual cash. In reality, the cash is not allowed at the table and in order to be able to play poker one has to exchange the cash for playing chips. Sometimes individuals who are not in the know about this rule may carry cash to the table without the dealer realizing and may try to use the cash in the game. In the event of such a happening, in case the round is already under way, the dealer can allow the cash to be used provided that the other players in the game do not raise any objections. Once the particular round has been completed, the cash remaining with the player has to be changed for playing chips and counters.
Another procedure involves banning the use of playing chips and counters from any other casino. The use of casino chips from another establishment is prohibited and in the event that a player carries such pieces to the table unnoticed they are to be categorized in the same variety as that of cash. In other words, the player will have to forfeit the chips in favor of chips of the home establishment.
Using the chips of another player is strictly prohibited. Also a single hand can only be played by an individual and players cannot exchange their position with others and one cannot “fill in” for another player.
Also, only the individuals actively participating in the game, that is the dealer, the players and the other members of the establishment can be present at a table. People cannot sit at tables merely to watch the others play. This habit is discouraged both to prevent the players from becoming distracted and also for minimizing any chances of poker cheating. However if the game is not a part of an official event such as a tournament or a competition, a player may be allowed to bring a guest along with them. The guest is required to sit behind the player and is not permitted to watch the cards of other players. In order to maintain the integrity of the game and protect the interests of other players, it is a mandatory rule that one cannot converse in a foreign language at the table. A commonly understood language, mostly English, is the only one that is allowed to be used so as to prevent any underhand planning or trickery.
The management is entailed to ask persons who are inattentive to leave if they continue to disrupt the game…