Isn't it neat how so many online gambling services feature interfaces
that enable you to chat with other players as you gamble?
Thanks to chat-enabling technology, you can log onto your favorite
Internet casino or card room or bingo hall, saddle up to a table and
strike up conversations with your "virtual" friends, almost as if you
were sitting around the card table with a group of buddies. It's very
similar to using ICQ or Instant Messenger; simply type your words in the
text box and hit enter. Some of the fancier ones let you post little
icons, like smiley faces and the likes; some even let you select sounds
to play to those at the table.
It's fabulous! Chat about the game you're playing, chat about current
events in the news, chat about how wonderful it is to chat, and blah,
blah, blah, blah...
And when there's a lull in the conversation, have a look at your
bankroll and notice how much it has shrunk.
This is because you devoted your attention to the conversation
instead of concentrating on the game itself. If this is fine by you, and
you feel that great conversation is the worth the price of making a few
ill advised moves at the table, then chat away and, by all means, enjoy.
If you're hell bent on winning, however, close the chat window and keep
it all business. One of the great advantages of gambling on the Internet
is the fact that you can eliminate all the distractions -- crowds, noise,
smoke, etc. -- of a real-world casino and concentrate solely on winning at
the table. This advantage is basically negated when you open that chat
window. (The exception, of course, would be the case of any person who
possesses brilliant multi-tasking abilities.)
Enabling gamblers to chat while they play is a great idea. It
provides a sense of community and raises casinos' player retention
rates. It's particularly successful for online bingo parlors and poker
rooms. And for the players, it makes gambling more interactive and
consequently more fun. If you're engaging in games that require no
skill, I gladly endorse partaking in such entertainment.
If you're all about winning, however, I recommend you save the
chatting for the real world.