The primary reason for playing poker is the fun and excitement that the game offers. Some texas-holdem players may argue that profit through the game is the real motivation. But this is not always true, as very few people profit by playing poker. Most generally lose.

While playing poker, there are some etiquette essentials that players must follow, whether they are winning or losing.

  • Never reveal your cards when the hand is actually going on. In most cases, this may not be against the rules, but it may count as terrible breach of good poker etiquette. Even if you were not planning on folding, you could be ruled out dead. Such a scenario may provide an advantage to one player or in another case, potentially ruin the game for some one else.
  • In the event that you fold, only to realize that you could have made a great hand on the flop, avoid actions that reveal this displeasure. There is absolutely no reason to let everyone know that you would have hit that flop. In fact, you should not be showing any reaction, as this again could destroy someone’s game.
  • Never criticize an opponent’s play, be verbally abusive to another player, or even boast about how good you are. Avoid sarcasm at all costs.
  • Never blame the dealer and never swing your cards at him. Always tip him regardless of any previous bad beats. Contrary to what you might believe, the dealers really do not have any control over the cards. They are just there to do their job and they deserve your respect.
  • If you are not playing a particular, hand, do not talk about it, or give advice to a player who is presently involved in it. Talking to or advising a player is against the rules in most casinos. It is also in bad taste and simply poor etiquette.