Here are the most important rules to follow. Failure to follow these rules may lead to unnecessary arguments and bloodshed.
Never Ever Splash the Pot or the Banker
Splashing the pot means that you have tossed your chips in or near the pot. This slows down the game and leads to mayhem as there is no way to know how much money "the splasher" really bet. I have seen serious arguments in card rooms and casinos over this issue.
If you neatly stack your chips in front of you as you bet, each player may quickly figure out when all of the bets are equal and the "pot is right."
An even worse offense is to toss your chips at the banker when you are attempting to cash out. Your toss causes your chips to mix with other chips. If this happens, you will get short changed, since the banker will not eat the loss. If you do not want to get short changed, place your chips in a rack and wait your turn before presenting your chips to the banker.
Do Not Slow Down the Game
Keep track of the action. Act when it is your turn to act, not before. No one wants to hear your "crying call" so bet or fold. Once you have folded, do not distract the other players or make any extra noise.
Keep the table clear of chip racks and other unneeded items
The cleaner the table, the faster the game goes. A clean table also helps to ensure that all cards are returned to the dealer.
Table Stakes means Table Stakes
Even in a limit high-low game, if you run out of chips during a hand you are "all in" and a side pot will be created. Once a hand has started, you may not purchase additional chips. If you are low on chips, you may purchase more between hands.
The rules of a casino apply. It is very simple. Most games are dealer's choice, round by round. Only games played in a casino are played. For a more complete list of rules, check out Robert's Rules found on our site.