Social Poker Code of Conduct and Etiquette


First, I believe it is  important to clearly define both “Code of Conduct” and “ Etiquette” and explain the difference.  There are many in the world who bend rules, but don’t break laws.  The poker table is no exception.

There is a huge difference between home game poker and casino poker.  Poker may or may not be a sport, but there is no reason to exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior.  Many poker players have no qualms about rude. This article is an attempt to educate these players so that in their rudeness they might learn where to draw the line, or face ejection from the game.  Poker is still a competition.

  • A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of or proper practices for an individual or organization.  In regards to poker, the “Code of Conduct” is a list of rules that preserve the integrity of the game, and the rules apply to players and game providers equally.
  • Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. In regards to poker, “Etiquette” refers to the respectful behavior players should show towards each other.  Certain places, including casinos may eject you from the poker game for poor behavior.

The “Code of Conduct” is law.  Etiquette guidelines are merely rules.  By knowingly breaking the rules or laws of a poker game you show disrespect to the house, the players, and yourself.  Whatever your poker playing style or table image – how you behave at a poker table matters.  These are the guidelines to help you conduct yourself with respect.