Poker Betting Rhythms

During any poker hand, we could say that there are three different betting rhythms taking place, simultaneously. First, the rhythm you want to establish of yourself as a bettor and player over many hands (deliberate, decisive, thoughtful, and so on). You seek to keep this pace going. It is who you are as a player, a pace you've been refining for years. It's the rhythm that accompanies your Lifetime Player Personality. Secondly, the rhythm of the betting as it is currently going around the...

Rule Gathering information when people dont know theyre being watched

A certain percentage of our impressions about other people are gained by observing them when they don't think they're being watched - maybe even the majority of our impressions about them. If true, then we can use this -to silently communicate things about ourselves to other people. This approach might be described as getting yourself in their line of vision, pretending not to notice that they are looking at you, and then conveying what you wish to convey. Rule 149 People's facial expressions...

Rule What do good players see How do the pros read their opponents

They notice things. They notice the things their opponents do, the things they don't do, and the things they do but suddenly stop doing. If you have a good hand, one that you feel pretty good about, and you get a cigarette out of your shirt-pocket, light it, and put your lighter down in front of your chips, then the next time you decide to smoke, when you don't have quite as good a hand, you'd better do all these things exactly the same way. Or if you're doing...

Rule Good players are able to separate their game personality from their regular personality Their g

Expert players often have gestures and mannerisms that operate independently of game play. For instance, it is not uncommon to see two good players carrying on a sociable conversation about some other subject at the same time they are battling it out in a game situation. They are entirely capable of having a friendly conversation at the same time they are locked in a deadly duel within the game itself. They are able to separate the two things in their minds. In fact, it is a measure of their...

Chapter Notes on Online Internet Poker

It is sometimes said of people who have a physical handicap (such as blindness or deafness) that their other senses become more acute. A little bit of this effect occurs in online poker. Deprived of the usual clues we are accustomed to seeing in a game, we strain harder and become more attuned to clues that are available, thus enhancing our abilities in this area more than we otherwise might. Playing poker online doesn't offer opponents very much information about us our play (of course), our...

Rule Most peoples poker games are too predictable

Many players feel they've got their game honed down nicely to one workable set routine. They've eliminated most of their bad habits, weeded out the mistakes one by one, but in truth their game is kind of stationary and stagnating. It's become rather stale and one-dimensional, which is itself a mistake because it allows opponents to put them exactly on a hand. They'd really be better off if they were all over the map once in a while, even at the cost of a few chips. The player needs to shift...

Rule As you move up to higher levels of play you begin to look for smaller and smaller tells

At higher levels of poker play, the body-language clues of opponents get smaller. A player who moves his hand just a fraction of an inch, the downturn of a mouth a quarter of an inch for a fraction of a second, or simply a moment of sudden silence might be all that you get. Proof that this is so - that the tells get smaller - is simple. If you go back down to lower-limit games after this, the clues in the game suddenly seem very broad and obvious. (Heads shaking from side to side angry and...

Rule There is an underlying conflict between poker and acting

There is a major conflict that occurs between the two disciplines of poker and acting, and that is this The body-language approach chosen by most players of always acting the same is a very bad platform from which to launch an acting career. A poker face (over the years) does indeed start in the face, and a kind of woodenness branches southward, from the face down, until eventually it takes over the whole body. Trying to show no emotion is a pretty bad foundation for suddenly trying to spring...

Rule Dont pick the best hands to play pick your spots

Look for the right combination of probability, weakness, hesitation (by opponents), body language, position, past tendencies, who is short-stacked , and your hand's value in the overall scheme of things. Look for all of these things, and then play. This is called picking your spots . Less skilled players simply wait for a good hand . This is something quite different. The picking-your-spots approach considers ail things before making a play. It is the one used by successful top players.

Rule Dont key your body language to your cards

Nothing about your gestures or body language should be keyed to your cards. Ideally, the two things should be independent of one another. (In the movie Rounders, the character played by John Malkovich has an Oreo tell - he puts a cookie up to his ear and fiddles with it when he has an unbeatable hand. This would never happen in real life. Experienced players would pick up on this in a minute. They would notice the connection and file it away in the back of their minds.) You shouldn't have any...

Rule Watch your own tone of voice

Many poker players make the mistake of having a steady graph-line of growing certainty in their voices that exactly matches their hand. The better their hand, the more self-assured and authoritative their voice becomes. It doesn't take long for expert opponents to calibrate their play to this. It is difficult for almost anyone to keep their voice from steadying out when they have a good hand. One's voice simply gets more firm, confident, and unwavering at such times. A lot of poker players...

Rule The Novocain Syndrome losing without feeling any pain

Another poor use of money that sometimes occurs is using it to lose-without-any-pain . This is an obscure, little-known use of money. What happens is that a cushion of cash permits a player to lose without it hurting. Now this is an attractive state of affairs for many people, one they've always wanted to experience. They are used to losing with pain. For some players, losing with no pain is as close to the feeling of winning as they will ever get. It is just behind winning as a desirable...