Depending on the type of personality you have and the type of persona you wish to exhibit to opponents,you should always treat the game and the people involved in it with respect and maturity. Today's list sheds light on 5 ways in which players can be more respectful to the game.
5) Turn down the music. If music helps you get into your zone and play better cards, then listen to it, but not at the expense of the continuity of the game. If you cannot hear what is happening and subsequently cause repeated delays in the game, you need to either take the headphones off, remove one earphone or at the very least reduce the volume so that you can hear pertinent information at the felt. Besides, many useful bits of information are available from sound alone, so why eliminate this edge?
4) Contain your tilted online chat. Anonymity online has catered to a world of derisive and slanderous verbal attacks on players. There is no need for this in poker. In an ideal world we might expect to find every table embracing cordial banter and friendly dialogue, but reality clearly proves otherwise.
It is very easy to let off steam in a chat box after a bad beat and it can often in fact be cathartic, but turning the other cheek and maintaining your composure will help to encourage a friendlier online atmosphere. If you find that other players are goading you, a simple solution is to turn off the chat completely.
Remember, the other players at the table come from all walks of life and are most likely good people, so give them the benefit of the doubt.
3) Respect people's decisions. We've all suffered rough beats founded on an opponent's decisions so preposterous it made you wonder how this person's genetic lineage could have made it to present times. But it happens.
That is the nature of poker. On any given day, at any given time,people can play their cards very poorlyand still be victorious. Variance is inevitable and the best players have learned to deal with it. Move on to the next hand and chalk up the loss to unfortunate variance, a.k.a. bad luck.
Poker is an autonomous game and if a player chooses to make an irrational play, then so be it. It's their prerogative, just as the reputable Ms. Britney Spears once imparted upon us.
2) Mind your own business. Live games possess one imperfection that the online game will never have, and that is the element of human error from dealers. If you've ever played live poker, you've no doubt been a victim of, or been witness to, a dealer-induced error at the table. These often start out innocuously and culminate in a raucous commotion and pit-boss intervention.
A word to the wise: if this situation does not involve you or your hand, do not get involved. Only answer If you are asked to give your objective response to what occurred. Arguments over money are some of the most ferocious in the animal kingdom - trust me, I've seen a Discovery Channel documentary that can verify this.
1) Don't gloat - The only thing worse than a sore loser is an irreverent winner. Unbeknownst to most, Sir Isaac Newton derived his famous Third Law of Motion just moments following his first triumph (after numerous attempts) of a $3 +40¢ 45-man turbo sit-and-go on Stars.
Delusional from the thrill of victory, he smashed his Granny Smith apple to free his hands for complete thought-to-finger dexterity. The words spewed out like water over a cliff: "Yeah, sucka!... I check, you bet, I raise all-in, you call. I got da nuts! You see, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Ship It, fool!!" Sadly, this was the last MTT success Mr. Newton would enjoy, as he was bust by the following Saturday.
No matter how it happens, losing is a terrible feeling, so be sure to remember that the next time you are victorious, because for every winner there is an equal and opposite loser. Or something like that.
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