If you’ve been around poker enough, you’ll know that there is table etiquette to abide by and honour amongst the seasoned professionals. Whilst gambling isn’t traditionally synonymous with ethical behaviour and pride, things have changed over the past few decades. A good reputation is very important in the poker world, it can take years to build and a day to lose which is why having good poker ethics is important.
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Here are some tips and reasons to build and maintain a great poker image and reputation as an ethical poker player.
A slow roll is where a player takes an eternity to call a bet on the river. This is designed to taunt and annoy your opponent. Whilst it will work on players, you lose respect from your peers and will be disliked. It’s not a rule that you can’t do it, its just poor table etiquette and rude.
Players often trade percentages or stake each other into tournaments or cash games with an agreement on what will be exchanged. Any time you do a deal with another player, be sure to honour it and stick to your poker ethics. Word travels fast so you should 100% keep to the deals you make. Even if you later think it was a poor one, stick to what was agreed.
See their cards? Tell them.
We’ve all been there, you’re at the casino playing with beginners and the gentleman next to you picks up his cards poorly and doesn’t protect his hand so you can see his cards. Some players will tell you it’s ok to look, it’s his fault. But let’s face it, it’s cheating. You are gaining an unfair advantage on your table by seeing an opponent’s cards. Please tell them when you see. You’ll build an honest reputation and have a less guilty conscience too.
Donate to Charity
The icing on the cake for building a squeaky clean, amazing reputation in the poker world is donating a % of your winnings to charity. Notable players have done this in the past, with Barry Greenstein the most well-known. You will be loved by most and people don’t mind losing to you as much!
We hope you found this post interesting. Please behave ethically and respectfully in the future and please remember to gamble responsibly. If you have any ethical questions, why not use our free Texas Hold’em Question service?