Do table manners / poker politeness matter to you on the felt?
I was in a private game last night and we were down to 4 players. Limp, limp, limp, I am short-stacked and push all-in with AK in the BB. I get one caller with A 10. First card out is, of course, a 10 and I am out in fourth place.
The chip leader, who is now second in chips, congratulates the leader on his nice hand. I say "really...nice hand? Isn't it more like nice catch?"
Two hands later, the two big stacks are all-in and the fellow who took me out comes from behind and outdraws the congratulator from my knock-out, and now it is down to heads-up.
The guy, who just 2 hands before was happy as a clam that I was outdrawn on is now spitting mad that he was outdrawn on. He rails for a good 20 minutes during the heads-up play about what a terrible play and player the other guy is.
After a few minutes of this it was kinda funny. After 20 minutes it was kinda sad, and it seemed to me, pretty rude.
The remaining 2 players were polite and commenting very little. I got the impression that the griper was trying to influence the outcome of the game by trying to get under the skin of the guy who knocked him out.
Do you think almost all is fair in love and poker, or should there be limits to this kind of behavior?