Distracting Players
March 17th, 2011 by Deacon

Do you ever obtain that itch? The itch to wager, to head to the nearest gambling den, to come across a high stakes casino game of Texas holdem, to sit at a Black-jack table for hours on end. I like that itch. And I really like to scratch it.

I also like to watch people today wager. No two poker faces seem the same. When I gamble I like to assume I put on a poker face which is impassable. Except I know I have certain personal habits. For 1, the only time I smoke is when I wager on poker or Pontoon. And then I smoke. Except I chain smoke no matter whether I am succeeding or losing, regardless of whether I have a beneficial hand or bad.

I once played inside a weekly poker game. The game was often five card draw. There was a person who wagered with us each and every week who generally wore a hat. When he was dealt a very good hand, unconsciously, he would start touching and playing with his hat. Pointless to say, he by no means won.

The greatest poker gambler I ever saw was a man who produced much more movements and gestures at a poker table than anybody I had ever met. He was flawless in the way he dressed. Generally an high priced suit and tie, boots shined and nails trimmed. He was diligent in this manner. And he was generally brushing his pant leg or holding his hands or stacking his chips in neat little piles.

I use to study him for hours on end. I’d tried to see if I could notice his tell. Picking lint off his shirt- did this imply he was bluffing? Arranging his chips within a short pile – did this imply he had a great hand?

Many years later I ran into him in the bar in Boston and we had a beverage. I asked him if he have been aware of all those motions he manufactured or if they were subconscious. He told me that each little thing he did at a poker table was intentional. He said that everyone is usually checking out everyone else’s poker face. They’re trying to notice the the tell.

So his method was to provide them lots to feel about. His reasoning was if they had been thinking about him choosing a piece of lint off his vest and what it meant they positive weren’t pondering about their cards.

His program was distraction. And it worked for him. Never give up a process that works for you.

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