They say “nice guys make lousy poker players” but I believe if you are aware of this rule you can defy it. In the low-limit games you are not going to find too many “killers”. Mostly just nice folks looking for a friendly game. On the humanity side of things, just be nice. Don’t call other players names when they sting you on a hand, and more importantly don’t insult players who are losing. I sat at a table last night and one of the players was probably a beginner player, too loose – and clearly had some things to learn about hold’em. Another player, one who was actually taking a good bit of his money, was just insulting the hell out of the guy.
Even as poor as this player’s performance was, he was still facing better odds than say a slot machine or a roulette table. You don’t see the casino’s having people walking around to the games going, “you dumb asses, why are placing those stupid bets?” – Besides just being a jerk and kicking a man when he’s down, the stronger player also eventually ran off his best customer for the night with his insults. Bad move.
Be nice to the other players. Congratulate them when they sting you on a good hand, and show gratitude when they compliment your play. The nice guys at the low limit tables would prefer to sting the jerks, not the other nice people. 🙂 I got stung on a good hand recently and the player actually said, “sorry man, wish that didn’t have to be you. “