For poker players in Canada who may not have a whole lot of experience beyond friendly games between buddies where standard etiquette isn’t always followed to the letter, playing poker with strangers might create a lot of room to insult someone. To avoid making a faux pas due to not understanding and therefore not following standard poker etiquette, read these tips carefully and be sure to remember them the next time you’re playing poker online or in a casino.
Cashing out your chips is fine – in fact, it’s expected at some point – but there are right and wrong ways to go about doing it. If you’re playing a cash game, you have two choices: play with all of your chips, or play with none of them. It’s considered poor form and is usually against the rules to cash out only a portion of your stack rather than the entire thing. However, if you’re anxious to cash out, by all means do so, but remember to cash out everything and then adhere to the rules and wait until you can take your seat at the table again. The exact amount of time you have to wait varies, though most online poker rooms tend to require you wait half an hour. Some casinos require you to wait longer. This entire process is referred to as “recycling.”
Similarly, it’s considered poor form to try to buy chips off another poker player. Never, ever try to do this unless you want to look bad. Rather than try to buy someone’s chips, buy them from the house or the dealer instead. This can even be enforced and practiced at home by always having one person act as the house and conduct all transactions involving money.
You can avoid a lot of embarrassment, confusion, and ridicule by remembering these small tips.