Distracting Players

Do you ever have that itch? The itch to wager, to head to the nearest gambling den, to locate a high stakes game of Holdem, to sit at a Black-jack table for hours on end. I love that itch. And I love to scratch it.

I also really like to watch people gamble. No two poker faces seem alike. When I wager I like to think I put on a poker face that is impassable. But I know I’ve particular mannerisms. For one, the only time I smoke is when I bet on poker or Pontoon. And then I smoke. But I chain smoke regardless of whether I am succeeding or losing, no matter if I have a good hand or bad.

I once played within a weekly poker game. The game was constantly five card draw. There was a guy who wagered with us every week who always wore a hat. When he was dealt a very good hand, unconsciously, he would begin touching and wagering with his hat. Needless to say, he never won.

The greatest poker gambler I ever saw was a gentleman who made much more movements and gestures at a poker table than anybody I had ever met. He was impeccable in the way he dressed. Generally an pricey suit and tie, footwear shined and nails manicured. He was diligent in this manner. And he was constantly brushing his pant leg or rubbings his hands or stacking his chips in neat little piles.

I use to analyze him for long periods of time. I’d tried to see if I could notice his tell. Choosing lint off his jacket- did this imply he was bluffing? Stacking his chips in a short pile – did this imply he had a good hand?

Several years later I bumped into him in the bar in Vegas and we had a beverage. I asked him if he were aware of all those activities he created or if they had been unconscious. He informed me that each individual thing he did at a poker table was deliberate. He said that everyone is generally checking out everyone else’s poker face. They’re attempting to detect the the tell.

So his method was to give them lots to feel about. His thinking was if they were pondering about him choosing a piece of fuzz off his coat and what it meant they positive weren’t thinking about their cards.

His system was diversion. And it worked for him. By no means give up a method that operates for you.

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