Online poker is on the rise. Since Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker way back in 2003, the world of online poker has enjoyed an unprecedented boom. The internet opened up the game to a whole new market of players who until then had no way of playing their favorite game without making an expensive trip to the casino. But did you know that just like the casinos on the Vegas strip, online poker rooms are a veritable minefield of dos and don’ts?
Playing in a real-world casino is a real lesson in etiquette. From not being able to hand the croupier cash to wearing the right clothes there are tons of things to remember. But when it comes to online poker, etiquette, while a little different, is no less difficult to navigate and important to pay attention to. Here are some of the dos and don’ts to watch out for.
Don’t insult others
Okay, so this one should be plain common sense. In the online world, there are many people that think it’s perfectly fine to berate others without any thought given to their feelings. If you’re not happy with the way a player is conducting themselves at the table or if you think they are making a lot of schoolboy errors, the answer is simple; leave the table.
Don’t start a slanging match where you ‘educate’ the offender. If they are belligerent, they won’t listen anyway. And if they are new players making silly mistakes, then you just might destroy their confidence. Leave well enough alone and move to another table. Do not be susceptible, !
Don’t offer advice
This follows on from our tip above. If you see a player not doing so well, just leave them to it. Offering advice is unfair to the other players at the table and only gives the impression that you and the player you are advising, are working in cahoots. And that leads us to our next rule.
Don’t collude with others
This is a little like counting cards in a live casino. While it may not be illegal, it is frowned upon in a very big way. Working together with another player at the table gives both payers an unfair advantage of others. By sharing hole cards, they are reducing the odds and can manipulate play in their favor. .
Don’t talk about the hand you folded
Well, you can talk about it but wait until the hand is played out before you discuss your hand in the poker room chat. By telling the players at the table what cards you had, they then know that those cards are out of play and this could lead to an unfair game. By all means talk about it later but never when the game is still in play.
Don’t take forever to make your move
This is a major bugbear for most online poker players; . Remember that the other players at the table are waiting for you so don’t take forever to make your decision. Of course, this can be an issue for new players who have yet mastered the art of fast decision-making, but it’s important that you try your best to keep up to speed. This is especially true when the players who folded are waiting for the game to finish so they can join the next hand. Note: some online poker rooms have automated time limits on your/others actions, so act before these limit expire.
Don’t use bad language
Not many people follow this rule, but it’s still an important one nonetheless. Bad language can be offensive to some people and particularly so when they read it in a chat box as it’s hard to tell when something has been said in fun. So just keep it clean and PG and you’ll have no worries about upsetting any of your opponents.
And last but by no means least… Do play nice
If someone plays a good hand, be nice and tell them they played well. Give credit where it’s due, and you’ll create a much more pleasant playing environment for everyone involved. This is supposed to be a social game after all, so play nice and be nice and you’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.