• Poker Face

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

    I also really like to watch people gamble. No two poker faces seem the same. When I gamble I like to consider I put on a poker face that is impassable. Except I know I’ve specific gestures. For 1, the only time I smoke is when I bet on poker or Black-jack. And then I smoke. But I chain smoke no matter whether I am succeeding or losing, whether or not I’ve a great hand or bad.

    I once played in the weekly poker game. The game was always 5 card draw. There was a guy who wagered with us every single week who constantly wore a hat. When he was dealt a great hand, subconsciously, he would begin touching and playing with his hat. Pointless to say, he never won.

    The greatest poker gambler I ever saw was a guy who produced a lot more movements and signals at a poker table than anybody I had ever seen. He was impeccable in the way he dressed. Generally an expensive suit and tie, footwear shined and nails trimmed. He was fastidious in this manner. And he was often brushing his pants or holding his hands or putting his chips in tidy little piles.

    I use to analyze him for hours. I would tried to see if I could notice his tell. Picking fuzz off his jacket- did this imply he was bluffing? Arranging his chips within a short pile – did this mean he had a great hand?

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

    So his system was to provide them lots to assume about. His thinking was if they have been pondering about him selecting a piece of lint off his coat and what it meant they certain weren’t thinking about their cards.

    His method was diversion. And it worked for him. Never give up a technique that functions for you.

     November 9th, 2012  Marlee   No comments

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