Hiding Tells


Posted by Prince | Posted in Poker | Posted on 02-02-2014

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Do you ever get that itch? The itch to bet, to head to the closest casino, to discover a superior stakes game of Holdem, to sit at a Black jack table for hours on end. I really like that itch. And I love to scratch it.

I also like to watch folks bet. No two poker faces seem equal. When I wager I like to believe I put on a poker face that’s impassable. Except I know I have specific mannerisms. For one, the only time I smoke is when I bet on poker or Twenty-one. And then I chain smoke. Except I smoke regardless of whether I am winning or losing, regardless of whether I have a great hand or bad.

I once played in the weekly poker game. The game was always 5 card draw. There was a person who bet with us just about every week who usually wore a hat. When he was given a excellent hand, unconsciously, he would start touching and playing with his hat. Needless to say, he in no way won.

The very best poker player I ever saw was a man who produced much more movements and signals at a poker table than anyone I had ever met. He was impeccable in the way he dressed. Usually an pricey suit and tie, boots shined and nails trimmed. He was fastidious in this manner. And he was constantly brushing his pants or holding his hands or putting his chips in tidy little piles.

I use to analyze him for hours on end. I’d tried to see if I could notice his tell. Choosing lint off his vest- did this mean he was bluffing? Stacking his chips within a short pile – did this imply he had a excellent hand?

Many years later I bumped into him in a bar in Chicago and we had a beer. I asked him if he were aware of all those actions he manufactured or if they had been unconscious. He informed me that just about every little thing he did at a poker table was deliberate. He said that everybody is often checking out everyone else’s poker face. They are attempting to spot the the tell.

So his technique was to provide them lots to consider about. His reasoning was if they were thinking about him picking a piece of fuzz off his vest and what it meant they sure weren’t pondering about their cards.

His program was distraction. And it worked for him. By no means give up a system that functions for you.

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