When I first started playing poker tournaments in 1996, there were no uniform rules… none! It seemed that every casino had its own idea of how to run a poker tournament, which made it not only confusing, but also often unfair. In 2001, four gaming professionals got together and decided to put an end to the chaos when they founded the Poker Tournament Directors Association, the TDA.
Usually when I hear the word “etiquette”, what comes to mind is a white-gloved Ann Landers sitting straight-backed creating her daily newspaper column by way of an old fashioned, manual typewriter. Then, you add the word “poker”, and Ann’s image instantly morphs into the Dogs Playing Poker painting by C. M. Coolidge. Go figure… I have a vivid imagination.