Know Your Online Gambling Etiquette

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Casino play is normally cordial, partly because players are face to face and partly because casinos have no qualms about tossing out rude, obnoxious, or hateful players out the door. However, playing online doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these basic etiquette tips, and you’ll be welcome in any online casino or game.

1. Know How to Play the Game

The other players aren’t tutors, instead they are there to have fun. Before you play an online game, take time to learn the basic rules. Use the demo games available on most websites to see how online play differs from what normally goes on at your grandpa’s kitchen table. In addition, it’s a good idea to master a few strategies so you’ll have a better chance of winning, thereby a worse chance of losing your cool.

2. Check the Site Guidelines on Conduct

Most online gambling sites are reputable businesses with guidelines for proper conduct. It only takes a few minutes to read the code of conduct at the site where you plan to play, and knowing these rules can keep you from being ejected or banned by inadvertently breaking the rules. It also gives you important cues about the personality of the site, and what is or isn’t tolerated.

3. Be a Graceful Winner and Loser

Players who gloat or boast after wins, or worse, have temper tantrums after loses make it miserable for everyone playing. Don’t be that guy or girl. Accept your wins with grace and gratitude, and take your loses in stride. It’s true: you can’t win them all. Sticking within your budget helps keep your temper in check. Players who blow up after a loss are often those who couldn’t afford the loss.

4. Avoid Excessive Alcohol

There is nothing wrong with casually sipping a drink while you play, especially if you do so to relax, unwind, and have a good time. But players who drink to excess often end up saying or doing inappropriate things, or betting too much money. This is especially true with strategy games. Drinking too much while gambling isn’t a smart idea.

5. Use Common Social Manners

Beyond “please,” “thank you,” and “way to go,” some social niceties that are truly important in online gaming. These games are open equally to men and women, people of different races, and people with different religious views. There is no room in online casinos for people who make others feel uncomfortable or insult them about their sex, race, religion, politics, or background. Every player should feel equally welcome and respected at the online casinos.

6. Don’t Even Think About Cheating

Some players think they can get by with cheating the casino, especially when it comes to cashing in on bonuses. Even if players get by with it for a while, they will eventually get caught. Not only will you be banned from that online casino, the owners and operators are likely to spread the word to other online gaming sites, and you could be banned there too. If you enjoy playing, play fairly.

Respecting the dealer and other players, taking time to learn your game, and refusing to cheat goes a long way in achieving your invitation to online gaming casinos everywhere.

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