18 Dec 10

Do you ever get that itch? The itch to bet, to head to the nearest gambling house, to uncover a good stakes casino game of Holdem, to sit at a Black jack table for hours on end. I really like that itch. And I really like to scratch it.

I also love to watch individuals wager. No two poker faces seem equal. When I wager I like to feel I put on a poker face which is impenetrable. But I know I’ve particular mannerisms. For one, the only time I smoke is when I play poker or Black jack. And then I smoke. But I chain smoke whether I am winning or losing, whether I’ve a very good hand or bad.

I once wagered in a very weekly poker game. The game was generally five card draw. There was a gentleman who wagered with us just about every week who generally wore a hat. When he was dealt a good hand, subconsciously, he would begin touching and playing with his hat. Needless to say, he by no means won.

The greatest poker player I ever saw was a guy who made much more movements and signals at a poker table than anyone I had ever seen. He was impeccable in the way he dressed. Often an high priced suit and tie, shoes shined and nails manicured. He was meticulous in this manner. And he was often brushing his pants or rubbings his hands or putting his chips in tidy little piles.

I use to examine him for long periods of time. I would attempt to see if I could spot his tell. Selecting fuzz off his vest- did this mean he was bluffing? Arranging his chips within a short pile – did this imply he had a good hand?

Many years later I bumped into him inside a bar in New York and we had a beverage. I asked him if he were aware of all those activities he created or if they had been subconscious. He informed me that just about every individual thing he did at a poker table was deliberate. He said that everybody is often checking out everyone else’s poker face. They are trying to detect the the tell.

So his program was to give them lots to consider about. His reasoning was if they had been pondering about him selecting a piece of fuzz off his vest and what it meant they sure weren’t pondering about their cards.

His technique was diversion. And it worked for him. In no way give up a method that functions for you.

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