It's nice to meet new people and be social - however, at least at the micro stakes I play, there seem to be a bunch of anger bots and kids who want to use chat to put other people down. On the one hand I could sort of respect this if it was a strategy to gain an edge but after the game, when you look these guys up on sharkscope
, it turns out the name callers are losing players.
Turn off the name callers chat unless you think you can get an edge on them by winding them up. But if you do run into decent people you can make great friends - I met some of my best poker friends at a free poker site
- we sometimes get together in person with people from as many as 15 different states (both coasts and plenty in between) showing up to play a $20 tournament!