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Good etiquette is needed everywhere and this holds good when you are playing poker too. If you are not aware of certain things about etiquette surrounding poker, here are some tips that you can inculcate and use every time you are at the table.

When you do not follow these tips about etiquette, you not only disrupt the smooth flow of the game but players with lot of experience will classify you to be a newbie and will easily trounce you down. So, following etiquette is not only good manners but is also helpful in making you look quite professional.

Let us now learn some of these etiquette tips although you might feel that it is mainly commonsense but there are many who might not realize it.

• Zip it   

Most professional games of poker will have players who opt not to talk too much. If you are playing such a game, it is preferable that you avoid chatting too much to the other players. Also, do not make any kind of personal comments, ridicule others at the table or swear over anything.

• Stay cool

Do not lose your cool over anything. This will not only put you at a disadvantage of taking rash decisions you will also appear very unprofessional.

•  Respect the dealer 

Dealers take a lot of stress for conducting the poker game. Respect them at all times and avoid going against them if you are not dealt good cards. Avoid venting your anger by hurling the cards towards the dealer. Do not talk bad about them while chatting up with the other players. It not only looks very unprofessional but it is also very inhuman.

• Chips   

Handle your chips as gently as is possible. When you are using the chips to bet, keep them in such a position that it is easy for the dealer to reach them. Also, the chips should be placed in such a way that it does not come in the way of dealing the cards.

• Take fast decisions

When your turn to play comes, make your decisions fast and avoid stalling. Stalling not only lengthens the time taken to complete the game, it also points to bad etiquette.

• Point at the mistakes

If you see any mistakes being committed without coming to the notice of the others, make sure to point them out. Sometimes, unknowingly somebody might be betting wrong or the winner might be declared wrong. So, if you see something wrong, voice it out.

• Act prompt   

Do not wait for the dealer to request you to show your cards at the end of the game. These are the things that are a waste of time and lengthen the game too much. Show your cards when it is rightfully your turn to do so without any prompting.

• Be patients

If you are going all-in avoid the temptation to show your cards prematurely. This not only reflects lack of experience but is also not considered right etiquette.

• Do not clutter your place  

If you are planning to exit the table, ensure that you are informing the floor person and then do so. Also, avoid cluttering the place that you have occupied. All you should keep at the table should be the necessary chips and cash, if at all being used.

• Respect the game   

Ensure that you are not disrupting the flow of the game. Show respect to the game and to the players as well as to the dealer.

• Smile   

It is definitely good to smile at the people around you now and then. Enjoy the game and do not lose your cool when you are having a lousy day.