Internet Poker Etiquette

Now that you know how to use the poker table at an Internet poker room, you should also read this page to learn proper table etiquette at the online tables. Internet poker etiquette is much different from live poker etiquette, and although the Internet tables are much more lax, there are still a few common rules you should follow:

Tip #1 - Restraint in the Chat Box

Our first tip is to always use proper restraint in the chat box. We realize it can be frustrating to take a bad beat, but berating the other players in the chat box doesn't help your cause. Arguing will only cause you to tilt more, and the other players at the table will quickly lose respect for you.

Also, it goes without saying that it's rude to swear at or insult the other players at the table. Although the chat boxes at poker sites automatically filter bad words, players often choose to misspell words to get them through. Again though, this makes you look like a fool.

Tip #2 - Auto-Post Blinds/Antes

You should always choose to auto-post your blinds/antes at the cash tables, unless you plan on leaving within the next few hands. There is nothing more annoying at the tables than a player who always takes five-ten seconds to post the blind when it is his turn. Antes are even worse, because players have to post antes every single hand.

Tip #3 - Don't "Slow Roll"

Although you cannot actually "slow roll" at Internet poker rooms (because the software instantly reveals a winning hand), there is still another way to "slow roll" your opponents. Imagine that you have the nuts on the river, and another player goes all-in.

In this situation, some players will take up their entire time bank to make the other player sweat, and then call the bet at the last second to crush the other player's hopes. This is very rude, and is definitely not good Karma - avoid "slow rolling".

Tip #4 - Don't Ruin Games

One rude move I always see at online poker rooms is big time players heading to the low stakes cash games to pick on small stakes players. These players have thousands of dollars in their account, so they sit at a $0.01/$0.02 table and go all-in every hand. Even though they lose a little money, they will eventually bust a few players and (probably) ruin their day.

If you are fortunate enough to be a successful high stakes player, leave the little guys alone. That was you one day.

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