Originally Posted by MediaBLITZ
DJ is right. I was thinking about this. I got into it via a home game a few short years ago my boss threw at his place. I only went as a social/political insure I have a job move. My buddy (referred to above) had to explain to me what blinds were about 10 minutes before we started playing. It was a $30 BI and I took second for almost $200. I spent the next month thinking - "I can do this" and then made my first trip to the casino (my buddy had to take me - I was scared) - spazzed out trying to keep track of all the things I had read about and went all in with a weak pair of kings and was out after 20 minutes. The next time decided to play like I was at the kitchen table and made the final table - "I can do this".
I would make sure you have and distribute some clarifying "house rules" before the game to avoid any difficult situations that could turn some guys off for good. Just a one sheet should do it. Stuff like,
"If all the players in a hand are all-in, they must flip their cards over for all to see."
"Verbal declarations are binding."
"String bets are not allowed."
You will also probably have to define some things. Some will read "String bets are not allowed" and have no idea what string bet is.
A Google search should reveal something like -
Please check your firearms at the door.
No smoking. No spitting. No farting upwind.
The house has the authority to close any game at any time.
The house has the authority to remove any player, at any time, for any period of time.
The 'dead button' rule will be used.
Do not place anything on the poker table except your cards, your chips, and your drink.
Keep your cards and chips on the poker table and in plain view. Keep your big chips out front.
Never touch another player's cards or chips.
Do not splash the pot.
Do not bend or mark the cards.
Only one player to a hand.
Players may not show their live cards.
Players who are all-in must reveal their hands when no further action is possible.
The cards speak for themselves.
Do not reveal your folded cards, either physically or verbally.
String bets are not allowed.
Check-raising is acceptable and ... encouraged!
Unless you suspect cheating, please do not ask to view a hand that has been called.
No rabbit hunting (seeing what the next cards would have been).
Chopping (splitting) blinds is not permitted.
Straddle bets are not permitted.
Insurance is not permitted.
Only the English language may be spoken at the table.
No speaking on the phone at a table.
Be kind to the dealer and to other players.
Immediately inform the Tournament Director when a player has been eliminated.
No cheating! Remember, a Smith & Wesson beats five aces!
Etiquette During Play
ē Act in turn
ē Keep your cards on the table at all times
ē Act in a timely manner. Donít take too long to make your move.
ē If you are not in the hand, donít comment: Donít give advice or information (about the flop or anything) to players who are playing. They are supposed to pay attention themselves.
ē One hand one player: Donít give advice to anyone. Donít pursue them to make any actions. Everyone is grown up enough to make their own decisions.
ē Keep your large denomination chips in front of your stack
ē Donít talk on the phone while playing
ē Donít splash the pot.
ē Donít string raise.
ē Donít expose your cards until the hand is over
ē At showdown flip both cards at the same time.
ē Donít slow roll: Slow rolling is to pretend your hand is not good enough and take a long time to reveal your cards at the end while your hand is really the winner. Do not do it Ė it is very frustrating.
Donít give poker lessons
No one likes to take poker lessons at the poker table, besides why do you want them to know the right play anyways?
I have found it very challenging to get people at my poker parties to follow basic table rules.
I always give a basic schpeel.
I will explain about shuffling, and how the dummy card has to be on the bottom (otherwise, they will just show everyone at the table the bottom card).
No talking about the cards on board unless you are involved in the hand, and heads up.
Don't act out of turn (this rule is always being broken).
No bitching, moaning, or complaining about how someone plays.
There are others, but my coffee is done, and I am sure my post is redundant.
People who don't take poker seriously just can't seem to understand why you can't show the bottom card, or say "wow that flop is all diamonds!"
Home games are fun none the less.