re: Poker & Home poker game - need tips
Here are the rules I like to publish (ones that most causal players would likely violate) for a cash game:
House Rules for the game (in the interest of full disclosure and peace on earth):
1. No folding out of turn-- if there is no bet in front of you, check, don't fold.
2. Table stakes-- no "going south" : since it is no-limit all funds have to stay
on the table until the end of the night, including any cash that results from sale
of chips to another player. Cash on table plays.
3. Players may not expose hole cards or discuss their hands (folded or not) if others are
still in action or such information would effect the action still taking place (exception: heads up
players still in the hand together).
4. One player to a hand. No collaborating, asking others advice, or otherwise giving your read or
take on a situation to another player, solicited or not.
5. One short rebuy per full buy in.
6. Raise must be at least the size of the bet or raise in front of you on that street.
7. A single oversized chip will be considered a call if there is a bet in front and the player does
not specify "raise" before the chip is thrown in. A single chip that initiates the action will be
considered as its full value unless the player states otherwise before betting it.
8. No string bets: a player cannot call and/or put out the chips to call and then raise and/or go back
to their stack for more chips unless they first state "raise" prior to any action.
Any rules not covered above will be in accordance with Lou Kreiger's rules book.
Best advice I can give you: hire a professionally qualified dealer to run your game. It will allow you to concentrate on actual game play, and without having to worry about side pots, rules disputes, etc.