Don't Lose and Leave, Stay and Support

When playing a home poker tournament, some people are bound to get knocked out early. If you're one of those people, you may feel like packing up and heading home, but out of respect for your fellow players and especially your host, you should probably stick around.

Leaving not only makes you look like a poor sport, it also removes you from the other perks of a home game - enjoying the company of others while improving your game. Even if you're not playing, you can join in on the trash talking and poker cheers. You can also take that chance to study your opponents, finding weaknesses that you may be able to exploit next time.

Another thing you can do is try and set up a cash game with fellow eliminated players. This way you'll be able to continue to play some poker and perhaps win back some of that money you just lost. The great thing about cash games is that you can quit at any time so there's no pressure of having to finish when the tournament is over.

Obviously there's exceptions with legitimate reasons for leaving, such as living very far away, needing a good night's sleep for whatever reason, etc. However, if you continually leave right after you're knocked out when everybody else stays, you may quickly find yourself not being invited back (or at least being talked about behind your back). So do your friends and yourself a favor and stick around next time you're eliminated.


  1. Dennis Dinser Said:

    The cash game for eliminated players works very well for my home tourneys. We play two per night, so eliminated players can continue to play poker until the second tourney begins. My guests appreciate continuous play regardless of getting bumped out of a tourney early, and it keeps the room noisy and lively.

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