Last night the guy to my right was flashing me his cards all night long. I even told him to be more careful, but he kept right on doing it. Afterwards, one of the other players called me a chump for not exploiting this huge “gift.” To me it seemed like a question of ethics, but I guess I could have been wrong. What do you think?




Dear Solomon,


This is a tough dilemma, and one that most players face at one time or another. Everyone has to make their own moral choice, of course. Some people think that anything goes in a poker game. (We call these people angle shooters and we hate them.) Others seek a standard of purity that would leave Jesus feeling foxed and boxed. I say that everyone should make their own decision, and no one should force their decision on anyone else.


For myself, I will never take unfair advantage – go out of my way, say, to peek at another player’s cards – but I will accept the advantage that other players hand me. In other words, if you flash me your cards, be certain that I will use the information if I can. Some would regard my position as morally perilous, but I sleep at night.


One thing you must never do is give any opponent this kind of edge over you. Always protect your cards from prying eyes (and eyes do pry!) Look at your ligaz11 cards once, quickly, without lifting them off the table, and then do not look at them again. This minimizes the chance of information leaking out to anyone, innocent bystander and nefarious angle-shooter alike. And don’t forget that your face gives away information too. The more frequently you …

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