The Language Issue
I have been playing online poker for just over a year now. There have been many memorable tournaments at several sites, the majority of which I lost. I have had a few wins and finished in the money on several occassions in both freerolls
and buy-in tournments. Most of the time the games have been friendly where it appeared that at least a few of those at the tables were acquainted with each other and the conversations and comments flowed like water. But they were primarily FRIENDLY!
More memorable than any good or bad hands, however, are the number of ill-tempered individuals who resort to using foul language and name calling. Try as I might, I just don't understand it. Whether playing a freeroll or a buy-in tournament, the entry fee is the same for all players. In a freeroll, the buy-in and cost of participation is the same for everyone, and everyone is entitled to spend their chips and time in any manner they see fit. If one player decides to go all in with 9-2 off suit, they are perfectly within their rights to do so.
Of course it's aggravating as hell to lost to such a hand when your starting hand is a premium one, such as A-A, K-K, A-K suited, or the like.
But to start calling people names and using foul language in such a case shows immaturity and poor sportsmanship. Poker like any other sport, for even the most skilled player(s), is a game of chance: the outcome is always uncertain.
It seems simple enough to me that if a player is foolhardy enough to risk their entire chip stack/tournament on a bad starting hand and fortunate enough to catch, it only re-enforces what I have always believed about poker: it's 95% luck, and 5% skill.