By Julius Pinson

This is the second part and continuation of my earlier blog addressing the terminology and etiquette in the realm of the poker world. If you have not yet read part one of this post please take the time to do so now as this is a carry-over of that posting.

After learning the term “miss-click” the hard way, and finding my self short stacked near the end of a tournament, the next thing that came to mind was poker etiquette. Sure Miss Manners and others, including Mr. Webster all have definitions of the word etiquette and how it applies to proper interaction and code of conduct between individuals. But what is “poker etiquette”?

Well my friends, poker etiquette and proper rules of conduct when meeting your opponents across the table has been passed on through generations of poker play in one form or another through many generations of play.

One such rule of poker etiquette is that you must never call another player a “cheat” unless you intend to defend your self and have proof to back your statement.  Back in the day calling another player out as a cheat or a liar could get you a pine box faster than it took to take a puff from your cigar. Never, and I do mean never, call a poker player a cheat.  I watched an encounter the other day between two players where one said to the other, “What is this other account you’re using to attack the leader board players?”  My friend, this player just called the other a cheat. He had no proof. Such words should not be said if you do not have proof and the table is no place for this type of exchange. Yes words were exchanged and tempers got hot.  The only thing that was accomplished was to get both players on tilt and off their game. In live play I am sure this would have been handled in a much more hands on approach with perhaps a bloodied nose or two or possibly both players sitting on the rails watching the game continue on without them.

Poker etiquette has positive meanings as well. Back in day (just some twenty years ago or less) we as poker players were looked down upon as third class citizens. This was a stereotype handed down to us by the same players that gave us poker terminology.
Through generations of poker play one fact always remand constant, poker players always respected and took care of one another. Etiquette at the table was held to a high standard.
Those who called each other out as cheats and liars often did not live to see their next game and of course those that did cheat and lie were not welcome to play or found themselves wearing their boots six feet under.

Unfortunately, I do not see all players continuing to carry on the same traditions of poker etiquette in their play of the game today. To curse, profane, demean or degraded each other is, I must say, in poor poker etiquette. It is bad for the game and its traditions. If you owned a business and everyone that walked through your door was met with crude or rude behavior from yourself or your staff you would be without customers in no time. In the game of poker my friend every one that sets across the table from you is a potential customer.  You want the other guy’s chips (money) so you had better treat him with respect.  Believe me he will keep coming back to you and be agreeable about you giving you his stack time after time if you keep the game pleasant to play.  If you are crude, rude and abusive, my friend, your customers will pack up their chips and play somewhere else. Coffehousing at the tables is a good way to learn more about your opponents however I caution you not to needle other players in such a way that it tarnishes your own reputation. If the other guy is playing like a donk let him, you don’t have to call him one to his face, just take his chips and thank him for his business and let him know you look forward to playing against him again.  If you get bad beat by this so called donk realize it was your mistake, limit the number of times you put a curse on his family and step up your game so you don’t make the same blunder twice.

There are well over 118,000 potential customers on the PSO web site alone. Poor table etiquette could easily have run them off. 12 to 14 thousand players play in any given month. So where have the rest gone? Your reputation will precede you my friend.  With today’s modern technology and the ability to take notes on players, word will get around as to just what sort of poker player you are.
I pray this has opened your eyes to the words of poker speak and the traditional etiquette. We as Poker players must maintain the behavior of our profession in life as well as on the tables where we practice our line of work. Take care to pass them on intact to the next generation of players to insure that game we love is well cared for as it has cared for us and our families all this time. We must police our selves, this is a must. The PSO has appointed two such people to help us do so on the PSO Forums. You can find the monitor’s avatars under the same page as you found poker terminology in the support section. One such monitor, TrumpinJoe, has an avatar that is a mean looking constipated cat that looks like it wants to bite me as he takes my stack. Very intimidating this, being that I do not like constipated  looking cats. This was all said in fun of course, but to prove a point. We can find ways of being intimidating without crossing the lines of poker etiquette while having fun doing it. There is no need to lose your customers, your friends or tarnish your table presence and reputation.

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