Table talk


Having been away for a few weeks, it has taken a good few days to trawl through the posts in the forum. But one in particular caught my eye. It was one about abuse at the tables.

For as long as I’ve played online poker I’ve seen abuse been thrown around. In the olden days though it would be restricted to ‘lucky so-and-so’, or ‘idiot’ comments. Nowadays, it’s degenerated into a complete bloodbath of hate filled abuse. Whether it be racist, sectarian or verbal sexual abuse, there is absolutely no need for it at an online poker table.

If these people had to make the vile comments we so commonly see online, at a live casino game, their feet wouldn’t touch the floor as they headed for the exits. No casino in the world would allow abuse anywhere near the level we see online.

I have no problem with people having a bit of banter at the table. But when the comments degenerate into a personal hate filled attack then something has to be done. Too many sites are turning a blind eye to chat abuse. When people complain to the sites they are commonly told to ‘just switch the chat off’ or the sites don’t even reply to the complaint. This level of disinterest from the sites means the problem will only get worse. The sites have to clamp down sooner rather than later.

I will say that I have abused people at the tables in the past and probably will in the future, but I have never questioned anyones race, religion, or sexual preferences. I don’t know them, so I see no need to personalise abuse. The odd comment of ‘monkey’ or ‘idiot’ has more or less been my limit in the past and will do me fine if I feel the need to type anything in the future.

So what to do if you are being abused at the tables? It’s easy to say this, but a lot harder to do, but you must resist from getting into a slanging match. All you need to type is that you have the history of the chat and will be reporting the offender to the site. And ask others at the table to do the same. Maybe the sites will do something if several people complain at the same time.

Sites need to start taking a bit more responsibility for the chat functions. They need to go back to basics on the matter. They never used to tolerate the problem but it looks obvious to me that ‘money talks’. As long as they are making money then they will turn a blind eye to the problem. We as a community should be trying to change that.


2 Responses to Table talk

  1. netsson says:

    Thanks for your comment in my blog and welcome back from your trip you….you….you (green wih envy)

    I absolutely agree on what you’re saying here!

    Strange how we did write about the same subject thou. Can it be that the personal abuse at the onlinetables increases to the level that more people take offense. It’s good that we do debate the thing and that more people start to oppose to those who can’t behaive with manors when none else but them selves to blame for loosing.

    I mean as you say to question a opponents strategy or why someone got into a hand they shouldn’t is one thing, the pointless jumping on others race, gender, sex or religion is totally another thing that have nothing to do with the game hence have nothing to do at the table.

    Sad part is you never will get an answer from those people on the question of why the **** they do this. Due to idiocy, chickeness i guess, positive side of this is they do prove how stupid, ignorant they are and that generates more money for us but no fun way to win…..

    Glad you’re back hon and see ya at the table and with the skypecrew.

  2. svcmgr says:

    Gopher, calling someone an idiot for playing the game in a way it shouldn’t be played is not abuse, in my opinion. Thats just telling someone they should re-think their strategy in a forcefull manner.
    I usually don’t write anything but if you happened to be in my house at the time of a particulal Monkey play that takes me out, you would be educated in how many swear words can be combined in one
    What I have found is the “abuser” is normally some teenager pretending to be an adult and lashing out to see if they can get someone to respond.
    They hide behind the annonimity(sp?) of the internet which gives them a percieved position of power.
    When I first started playing a while ago, when someone said s**t a moderator would immediately jump in an say “watch your language”.
    Nowadays, with the explosion of Poker, I don’t think the sites even attemt to watch the tables. I also think they are so understaffed, they don’t or can’t respond to all of the complaints.
    So, we are pretty much left to our own devices to handle this which is unfortunate.
    It gives the game a bad name.
    It usually never bothers me. I ignore it. But I can understand how it would ruin the experience for others.
    Maybe the sites could pick some regular players and make them “police” or something. Besides turning the chat off, I don’t know what else can be done.
    GO SIXES…lol

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