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 nicknames, location, stack size, the cards we show down, the timing of our bets, and whatever we might choose to type into the chat box - that's about it. That's all they will ever know about us. (Unlike real-world poker, where people are on full view and body language, facial expressions, conversation, and a host of other things get factored in.) Since so few of these Ā«information bitsĀ» exist in our online identity, maybe we should give some thought to how we present them to our opponents.

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