Originally Posted by egoismforever
The reason why there is no thread for this, is because regulars do not wish to surrender edge to other players and makeing the fish playing "the other one" longer, will make the fish lose more money to your competition. So, yes, chatting might be +EV (in a given situation) but makeing a thread about it is very much -EV.
Chat doesn't bring about that much edge on average and I've never heard any (serious) pro talk about chat secrets.
It's a lot more common that people tilt themselves or distract themselves (burn up EV) than help themselves in chat.
All in all, it's probably more valuable to make a thread about not chatting.
Originally Posted by James Bong
I'm not sure if it's been discussed before, but I didn't find a good thread about it.
Like it or not, we are in the entertainment business and the reason why we're able to make money is mostly because of casual players. Using chat to get more rematches can be +EV. So why not use occasional chat to keep our casual players more entertained?
Any good lines/ideas?
- Stay nice to players that are being nice/not saying anything mean to you. Friendly games can equal fun to players that aren't interested in one upsmanship via immature insults.
- Needle the harassing, chat tilted player. This one is obvious, if a guy is calling you every name in the book, he's likely tilted. Smiley faces, ridiculous questions or even the occasional insult can drive someone over the edge.
- Sometimes ignoring the player is the most +EV move. Not just because it allows you to focus on the game, focus on decisions and not get distracted by insults, but it can also infuriate a player to no end.
When and where you apply these methods is the real skill though.