Like many games or sports poker has its own set of rules that should be observed in regards of the way players behave. All poker players who enter events such as tournaments and so on will be required to stay within the rules set within the game. If a player does not stay within these rules then they may find themselves being reprimanded or possibly being thrown out of the game.
The rules of poker etiquette are not much different than the etiquette involved in many other games with the players being responsible for maintaining a certain level of player safety and fairness within the game as well as keeping a positive atmosphere throughout the game. For home poker tournaments you will probably find that you may wish to offer certain items such as food and drink to your guests. One of the main forms of etiquette regarding this matter is that as a guest you make sure you keep the playing surface relatively clear and available at all times, also you should endeavor to not leave the hosts house in a mess and obviously avoid spilling drinks and so on.
As a guest you should always remain polite to other players and in particular the host as after all it is their house. Chatter should be limited within reason during the games as other players will need their concentration when pondering their next move. If you do feel the need to talk then you should refrain from swearing or criticizing other players as this can create an awkward atmosphere within the game. On occasions that you win a game of poker you should also remember to remain modest as bragging can upset some players.
When you are required to make a bet you should make sure you do not splash the pot as sometimes this can be considered rude by other players as well as the obvious disadvantage of making players lose track of the bets they have placed. Some players find it much better to announce their move as in some games their may be an amount of chatter which can cause problems when betting if the dealer does not hear them.
When you have chips and cards that have been discarded you should endeavor to place them as far away from the dealer as possible so that they can not be confused with chips and cards that are still in play. When discarding cards you should do so at a low level so that the cards do not go flying around the table if they are dropped in addition to the obvious benefit f making sure the other players do not get to view your previous cards.
At the time of the showdown players should be careful not to mis-declare their hands as you may find yourself needing to ask the dealer or other players for their help. The best way to do this is to lay your cards down on the table and let the dealer work it out for you. You should always avoid rabbit hunting which is the process of asking which cards may have come up previously as this is always considered improper etiquette within poker games. These are the main rules regarding poker etiquette with most of them being aimed at good manners whilst at the table which provides a much more friendly atmosphere to all players involved.