Is There Such a Thing as Online Casino Etiquette?

March 31, 2014

If you have played in the land-based casino, you are very aware that good behavior goes a long way. After all, you are playing alongside other individuals who are trying to enjoy a night or day of entertainment, and when you get discourteous, rude or abusive, you may think that you are asserting your rights, but you are encroaching on the good time other people are having. Security departments exist in land-based casinos in order to eject people who are behaving in such a way as to embarrass themselves or the establishment.

But does the concept of online casino etiquette actually exist? Is it possible to operate in such a way that it is in violation of acceptable standards of behavior when you are alone in your own home, in front of a computer, or using a mobile device? Well, you are not going to be flagged for cursing at your computer, or (heaven forbid) throwing objects at it.

But in many of the more progressive online casinos, there is an online chat feature offered. Generally you will find this in a multi-player game, in a poker room, or any other environment where there are people online who are in the same place at the same time, virtually speaking of course.

The game where they are is probably the most chat activity is bingo, where it is not only encouraged, but is embedded in the culture. You are literally in a big chat room with all the other players, and they are making statements, asking questions, and in general making conversation. You have the opportunity to respond to all this. All of this interactivity is usually considered to be something healthy, and adds to the overall atmosphere. But there are some people who don't know how to behave, and they need to know some very simple rules about how to conduct themselves.

For example, using profanity is a no-no. That should go without saying. You also want to avoid being overly abusive or critical of other people, whether it is on a personal level or about their play. No one likes a bully. And that applies even to those participants who are looking for a "psychological edge."

If your objective is to go into one of these chat rooms in order to make some commercial "plug," for a product or service, and especially for purposes of trying to poach players from one location and lead them to another, you are committing a very serious violation of online gaming etiquette. And just as there is security in brick-and-mortar casinos, there is a very effective way to make sure you don't remain a nuisance. Your account will simply be purged, and you will not be allowed to participate again. Please don't push things to the point where the gaming establishment needs to make an example of you. Behave the right way.

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