Over the last few years I've written down some "golden rules." These are rules for playing professional poker that all players should adhere to.
Most of these are personal rules I created to keep my own play and actions in line. Some are rules I follow, and others are rules I wish my opponents would take to heart.
I can only wish I had known all of these, and followed them from day one. Had I have done just that, I would have a significantly larger roll right now. In no particular order:
The Golden Rules of Poker
- Always play within your roll
- When you make a free card play, take the free card
- Only play poker with a positive and clear frame of mind
- It's better to get bluffed than make a bad call and lose your stack
- There is no room for ego in poker
- Above all else, we play poker to make money
- Every action you make should be made for a reason
- Never educate another player at the table
- No one wants to hear your bad beat story
- Being 99% to win a pot is not 100% to win
- If you think someone has you beat, they probably do
- Roll with the punches, accept your losses and don't let them run your life
- Control your temper
- If you set a limit, goal or rule, stick to it no matter what
- If you feel like you're in over your head, stand up and leave
- There's more to life than poker
- Never correct someone who mentions a piece of incorrect poker logic
- Remember to shower - biological warfare is not acceptable
- Play on reads and odds; ignore all hopes and prayers
- Respect the integrity of the game
- This is a gentleman's game - act like one
- Your goal is to get to the point of consistently playing mistake-free poker
- Don't tap the glass
These simple rules are more valuable than any other poker resource I have ever come across. Take these rules to heart now, or spend the time and money to learn them yourself the hard way.
Trust me when I say that to learn these rules, I've lost more than enough money for both of us.