Just how there is a set of guidelines to follow while playing live poker, the same holds for online poker as well. While there won't be miscues such as bending the cards or acting out of turn, one still needs to behave properly while playing from behind the computer screen. Every once in a while, someone will do something irksome in a game which might just leave you infuriated or vice versa. Thus, an online poker player needs to follow certain unwritten guidelines of decorum to help create a pleasant online atmosphere and have a smooth game. Let's take a look at some online poker etiquettes one needs to follow to help the game run as smoothly as possible-
1. Stay attentive
The software usually provides you with a good amount of time for you to act and you are supposed to take an action within that allocated amount of time. So try to only use the amount of time necessary before coming to a conclusion. Don't rush into making any decisions, but there are people who do not pay attention to the table at all and make the game really tedious and annoying for other players on the table.
2. Avoid Swearing completely
The online poker games have chat box which is useful for light discussions about poker and other things. However a lot of people, in the heat of the moment, use the chat box to abuse and threaten other players. Also, many people use the chat box to show-off their skills at poker and boast about how good poker players they are. This should all be avoided.
Always remember that you are dealing with real people and learn to draw a line. Make use of the chat box only to discuss the game or to have a little discussion. Nobody is interested in knowing how good you are at the game! Also, completely avoid passing any offensive or abusive remarks as no one will benefit from it. If you don't keep your language in control, the poker room moderators can easily throw you away from the game.
3. Don't be too slow
If you have guests at home or have to take care of your baby, avoid logging in. Distractions can make it really difficult for you to concentrate on the game and in turn disrupts the flow of the game, irking other players as well. A slow game takes away the fun from poker and can make it really boring and annoying.
4. Keep a good connection.
Imagine you are about to win a big pot and the internet disconnects! Frustrating, right? Having a good internet connection is a must if you are sitting down to play online poker. It is not just beneficial to you, but also to the rest of the players on the table. It can be really frustrating for others on the table, who are forced to keep waiting while you try to reconnect in the middle of the hands. Most poker room software provides you with an option to set amount of time to try and reconnect to finish off the hand. However, if you use this time on a regular basis, you are hindering the pace of the game and making it really slow for everyone else in the game.
5. Say No to Collusion
Collusion is strictly forbidden in the game and is considered highly unsportsmanlike. Collusion is basically when two or more players sit on the same table and share information about their hands and use this plotting to cheat others in the game. Collusion is one of the biggest problems with online poker and it is something very difficult to deal with. Thus, you yourself should be fair in the game and should not indulge in any such misconducts.