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Proper Poker Etiquette and the Dealer

There are a dozen more opportunities to show good manners when you're on a land-based casino. These casinos offer every poker player a unique experience that can only be enjoyed nowhere else. And that is to deal with real people face to face.

Obviously this experience isn't there when you go online to play your favorite casino game. Though you may communicate with another person online, the experience and interaction is just not the same or perhaps just not on the same level as communicating with a real person right in front of you.

When we deal with real people we also deal with human error. And sometimes the errors do challenge our patience. One of the trying times is when we deal with a human dealer. When cards are dealt online we deal with a random number generator that distributes the cards in a somewhat flawless fashion. Human error isn't a problem when dealing with a virtual dealer. But when you switch to a live human dealer, be prepared to practice proper poker etiquette.

When dealers make mistakes sometimes it costs you your wager and your chance of winning the pot. And if you're the one who's dealing, then you cost everybody their chance at it. It is no longer a question of who's better than the other guy since everyone makes mistakes once in a while. The question now is what should we do if we notice that the dealer makes a mistake? What is the proper and courteous way of telling the dealer that a mistake was made?

There are two ways of doing this politely when at a poker table. First is to politely interrupt the dealer (be as nice and as friendly as you can) and then to inform him of the mistake. If the dealer takes it well then there'll be no problem with rest, but if the dealer doesn't take it well proceed to the next step.

The second thing you can do to is to call the attention of the floor man. You can do this if the dealer doesn't take your correction. Of course, by this time, you should be well aware and sure of the exact error that was made. You can even just ask the floor man to stay and watch the dealing of the cards.

In a really perfect world everything will simply be just right. We won't have to deal with errors in that setting, but unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world and mistakes are a part of daily life. The same goes with our favorite poker game. We have to deal with an imperfect dealer, and that imperfect dealer could soon be you when it's your turn to deal the cards so practice proper poker etiquette.

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