Poker Face

Do you ever obtain that itch? The itch to wager, to head to the nearest gambling establishment, to come across a good stakes game of Texas hold em, to sit at a Twenty-one table for hours on end. I really like that itch. And I really like to scratch it.

I also really like to watch people today bet. No 2 poker faces seem similar. When I wager I like to think I put on a poker face that’s impenetrable. But I know I have certain personal habits. For 1, the only time I smoke is when I play poker or Twenty-one. And then I smoke. But I smoke no matter if I am succeeding or losing, regardless of whether I have a beneficial hand or bad.

I once played in a weekly poker game. The game was often 5 card draw. There was a person who played with us each week who often wore a hat. When he was given a very good hand, unconsciously, he would start touching and wagering with his hat. Needless to say, he in no way won.

The greatest poker gambler I ever saw was a guy who created far more actions and gestures at a poker table than anyone I had ever seen. He was flawless in the way he dressed. Constantly an high priced suit and tie, shoes shined and nails trimmed. He was fastidious in this manner. And he was always brushing his pant leg or holding his hands or stacking his chips in neat little piles.

I use to study him for long periods of time. I’d attempt to see if I could notice his tell. Choosing lint off his vest- did this mean he was bluffing? Arranging his chips within a short pile – did this imply he had a very good hand?

Many years later I ran into him within a bar in Chi town and we had a beer. I asked him if he had been aware of all those activities he manufactured or if they were subconscious. He told me that every single individual thing he did at a poker table was intentional. He said that everybody is often checking out everyone else’s poker face. They’re attempting to notice the the tell.

So his technique was to give them lots to believe about. His thinking was if they were pondering about him picking a piece of fuzz off his shirt and what it meant they certain weren’t thinking about their cards.

His technique was distraction. And it worked for him. In no way give up a technique that functions for you.

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