Poker Rules: Common Casino Etiquette Mistakes

Poker Rules: Common Casino Etiquette Mistakes

For fans of video poker, the idea of adhering to established etiquette when playing may seem a little strange. After all, mobile poker players operate remotely, and are not required to comply with any regulations other than those pertaining directly to gameplay. Etiquette is actually an extremely important component of offline casino and poker gameplay, however, and the failure to follow various social customs can see you forcibly ejected from a tournament or table. So if you plan on visiting a bricks and mortar casino at some point in the future, you will need to understand the importance and details of poker etiquette.

You also need to be aware of the etiquette of the country where the casino is located.  For instance, what you wear to a casino in Macau is going to be different than in Vegas.  While you can wear that Hawaiian shirt and flip flops into a Vegas Strip casino, go to a casino in Canada and they will expect Canadian players at the table to really know their casino games and to be more conservative. New Zealand players are more responsible playing at online casinos and are somewhere in between when they visit a land based casino.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at three of the common poker etiquette mistakes and how they can be avoided.


As strange as it may sound, the game of poker demands a certain amount of dignity and respect for fellow players. The best example of this is the fact that players are not expected to gloat or brag after winning a large pot, as this is considered vulgar in the extreme and extremely disrespectful to those around you. No matter how exciting it may be to win big beneath the bright lights of Vegas or a similarly cosmopolitan casino, you must refrain from bragging in front of others and subsequently reinforcing their loss.

Listening to Headphones

As an online player, you may well be used to playing hand after hand while listening to music through your headphones. This is even a habit of some professionals, although you will note that these individuals only use of the headphones so that they can maintain contact with dealers and fellow players at all times. This is crucial, as if you use both headphones simultaneously you will find that you lose focus during critical junctures of the game and potentially irritate those competing alongside you.


This represents a sensitive topic, although you may be surprised at how many players display a lack of hygiene when attending tables and tournaments. This is also an easy habit to translate from the virtual to the corporeal realm, as you attempt to transition between playing alone and interacting with others in person. Try to respect the space and senses of others when attending a bricks and mortar casino, and ensure that any bad or objectionable habits are abandoned before you start to play.