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Luck is cruel — stealing all of your coins, siphoning away the meager profits you began with. Every attempt to win a game has been foiled; every chance has been undone. You’ve collected endless cards, and none of them satisfied. They all instead failed, leaving you without a victory.
Your frustration bubbles, eventually revealing itself in a chat session: with complaints flooding the screen and obscenities offered. Every loss is mourned, and you seek sympathy from the other players.
They offer none, however — because you’ve broken the first rule of casino etiquette.
All players eventually lose. This truth can’t be denied. Choosing to lament every missed opportunity is akin to poor sportsmanship, however. You would never wail at a brick and mortar institution, pounding your fists against the table and cursing fate — why then would you allow your emotions to spill into a chat room? Other users won’t approve.
Etiquette demands graciousness. Letting words fill a forum with complaints is therefore counter-productive. It distracts from the game, forcing players to focus on what’s being said instead of what cards they should use. Individuals choosing to engage in this behavior will often find themselves warned or even banned (should they continue to grieve).
Losing is a natural part of gambling. It should be offered no pity therefore: it happens to all players and is to be expected. The anonymity of a chat room doesn’t make it somehow acceptable to whine. Any attempts to do so should be ignored — or reported.