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 is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.