The F-Bomb Rule and Misguided Writers

On the surface this would seem like a reasonable argument but let’s look at it a little closer.

The F-Bomb Rule still does not work. I wrote a two part article about this last year but another year of “enforcement” has done nothing to change anyone’s minds about this. The rule does not create more civility at the tables, it does force players to change their favorite curse word and its does overly punish players who grew up in New Jersey but it remains a stupid rule.

We all know and we have all told the floor staff in dozens of card rooms, the rule should punish intent and not just a word. The enforcement also puts dealers in the position of being table monitors and its demeaning to them and not uniformly enforced, never was and never will be. Dump the rule, it was a bad idea, it remains a bad idea.

I say the problem isn’t the F-bomb rule but the widely inconsistent enforcement. Online, nobody can hear me say “F*ck” and if we don’t apply it to online then perhaps we should up the ante at live games. The death penalty works because it guarantees no repeat offenders. We should take the same approach with live casino games. If you drop an F-bomb at the table, the floorman should come over place a .22 against the base of your skull and guarantee that there won’t be a second offense. Obviously a 9mm or a .45 would be overkill (pardon the pun) but a .22 would have enough force to destroy the cerebral cortex without too much mess on the table or the other players.

Let’s not hear any more whiny posts from people too weak to demand a real solution.

Bill Rini

Bill Rini has been working in the online poker industry since 2004. He was a product manager for poker at Full Tilt and was the poker room manager at PartyPoker. Currently, Bill is the Head of Online Poker for WSOP.   Bill has been blogging about online poker since 2003 and is considered one of the leading authorities on the online poker industry.   "I like What Bill Rini said in his blog" - Doyle Brunson   "In other news, we had Bill Rini write an absolutely home run blog." Daniel Negreanu   "Industry insider Bill Rini has one of the most popular blogs in poker, with thousands of subscribers and fans regularly coming back for his universally respected insight into the industry" - Barry Carter (News editor for PokerStrategy, Co-Author: The Mental Game of Poker)

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  1. dan m says:

    You do have to be 21 in most places to play, after all.

  2. James S. says:

    **Let’s not hear any more whiny posts from people too weak to demand a real solution.**

    What about people too weak to withstand hearing the “F Word”. Is your cerebral cortex really going to melt down? I mean come on, if you’re too soft to hear the f-bomb, you really shouldn’t be playing poker in the first place.


  3. Drizztdj says:

    For each F-bomb you should be forced to listen to one bad beat story from the player on your right.

    That should help with the cussing.

  4. dan m says:

    **Let’s not hear any more whiny posts from people too weak to demand a real solution.**

    you mean scrapping the rule isn’t a solution? seems to me they could indeed get rid of the rule, and still enforce the more subjective rule against dealer abuse.

    why so hostile, bill?