The last post took a look at what’s expected of players when attending a physical casino location, and there’s often a long list of rules and etiquette expectations – whilst it may not seem the same for players primarily focused on online casino play, there are some things that need to be considered that can alter the experience – whilst you won’t get thrown out of an online casino for not following these expectations, it is considered to be polite and good practice to do so.
Consider how much play time is available – One of the biggest benefits to playing at an online casino is the accessibility of being able to simply hop in and hop out whenever convenient, but certainly when playing games with other people it’s important to consider the impact this may have in certain situations. Whilst it’s fine to hot swap in and out of tables, if participating in online tournaments and the like too, be sure that a commitment can be made until the end so not to ruin brackets or online play for others.
Be wary of distractions out of game – Similarly, it’s bad form to have other players wait on another to play their hand or to make their move – online games often come with a timer to time a player out who isn’t playing quickly enough but getting distracted with a phone call or some work in the background and not playing a hand quickly enough can be frustrating for others, and important to keep in mind.
Be polite to players and dealers – Much like online casinos, it’s important to be polite and respectful to other players and to dealers particularly as social features are becoming more common to see. Gloating on a big win or becoming frustrated vocally at a bad loss can impact other players and should be avoided where possible, similarly becoming vocally frustrated with other players and speaking out should try to be avoided too.
Understand the local laws of the online service – Operator’s set-up online casinos in many different countries to avoid certain restrictions or to provide certain player benefits, it’s important to understand what these local laws may be to ensure that no issues come up during the course of play. Much of what’s needed to know is often displayed on the operator’s website or online casino directly, so information can be easy to find, it’s just important to look for it.
A lot of good etiquette is common sense and just being aware of how actions may impact other players, and as online casinos become more social and live play options become more commonly played too, it’s important for all players to stay as respectful as possible.