Poker's Hevad Khan Rule Says No Excessive Celebrations, Please

While contemplating what constitutes acceptable behaviour around the poker table, several names are sure to crop up who have stretched the bounds of poker decency in the past.
These include Scotty Nguyen at the 2008 WSOP $50k H.O.R.S.E. event, who appeared intoxicated at the final table whilst swearing and berating the players and staff around him.
Phil Helmuth has obviously crossed the boundaries of sporting behaviour so regularly as to earn the title ‘Poker Brat,’ and now even promote products on an all-poker webstore under the same name.
Other players who have pushed the standards of good behavior expected at the table include Tony G, Men “The Master” Nguyen, and a handful of old timers such as Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, and Stu Ungar.
However, special mention should go to Hevad Khan at the 2007 WSOP, where he finished 6th at the Main Event for $956,243. So over the top was the pros celebrations that a new WSOP rule was subsequently introduced the following year called the “Hevad Khan Rule,” which states:
“Excessive celebration through extended theatrics, inappropriate behavior, or physical actions, gestures, or conduct may be subject to penalty.”
Anyone not familiar with his bizarre behaviour should check out this video of him here. 
Nonetheless, not everyone seems to agree with the ruling, not least WSOP bracelet winner Mark Radoja who argues that the rule needs to be changed so as to bring poker in line with other games and sports. As Radoja explains:
“This is what creates the ratings. It is so good for the sport. It is like asking Lebron James not to celebrate after hitting a buzzer-beater. When somebody celebrates, they aren’t celebrating against me; they’re celebrating for themselves. I think we need to embrace celebrating like other sports.”
I’d be surprised if Radoja still felt the same way had he sat opposite Hevad Khan at the 2007 WSOP.

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