A common misconception among poker player is that because they are sitting behind a computer screen it gives them a free license to do what they want and disrespect other players on the table. That is simply not the case and there are a number of considerations every poker player should be aware of before they ever sit down at an online poker table. Here are some online poker etiquette tips:
1. Never berate a bad poker player for making a bad play
The last thing you want to do is educate a poor poker player about what they are doing is wrong. Seriously, if a bad player sucked out on you and it made you angry, just bite the bullet and don’t act like an asshole towards him. If nothing else it makes the playing environment not very fun and friendly, you want to keep the fish having fun and playing as long as possible. Please do not be rude to the bad players!
2. Don’t talk about a poker hand you’re not in
Don’t ever talk about another poker player’s hand or give another player advice on a hand which they are in after you have folded. If you have the nuts and you go all-in, and a fishy player has to decide whether to call or fold, how would you like it if another player at the table kept on telling the fish to fold because you have the nuts or similar? This happens frequently and it is definitely unethical and should not be done at any point.
3. Maintain decorum in the chat
This goes along the same line of advice as not criticizing a player for making a bad play. Berating or being abusive to another player is not good for anyone. You may upset someone and they may choose to quit the table or stop playing altogether. Just try to not to be abusive or use profanities in the chat.
4. Do not give an indication of the hand you folded
Imagine you raise pre-flop with Ace 5 on the button and someone re-raises you. Another player calls and you decide to fold. If the flop comes down Ace 5 5 or something similar giving you what would have been a strong hand, don’t under any circumstances talk about your hand in the chat. Doing so can influence the way the hand plays out and is totally unfair to the players still involved in the hand as one can calculate the number of cards in a deck and even call another player’s bluff.
5. Keep up with the action
Please, when possible don’t take an overly long time to act especially on basic pre-flop actions. Yes take your time on important post flop decisions, but don’t take excessively long to make basic decisions. Slowing down the game is bad for everyone involved and a too slow game might frustrate a losing player and get them to leave the table.
6. Slow Rolling
Slow Rolling is a really bad etiquette. Anytime you think it’s clear that you have the best hand and are going to call your opponents bet, do so as soon as you have made your decision. It may also frustrate players and cause them to leave the table.