Being in a card room for the first time can be intimidating. Often times, the poker world does not do enough to encourage new players into their world. With that in mind, here is the fifth in a series of dos and don’ts for the novice poker player.
Table talk …
DO: When you first sit down at the poker table, see how much, and who, is talking. A bit of light chat is always fine, but if you notice you are the only one talking, either pipe down or find a friendlier game. Tables vary a lot in this way, and you will have to determine the “vibe” of the table for yourself.
DON’T: Criticize how others play. This is very important! Very few physical confrontations happen in card rooms anymore, but the few that do usually originate when one player gives another his opinion on his play. If someone makes what you consider to be a bad play or beats you, grit your teeth and say “nice hand” or “that’s poker” and move on.
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DON’T: Also, you shouldn’t talk about a hand while it is still in progress. If you folded what became the best possible hand, no need to tell anyone about it; that could influence the play for the others!