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Distracting Players

Do you ever get that itch? The itch to wager, to head to the closest gambling establishment, to uncover a great stakes casino game of Hold’em, to sit at a Black-jack table for hours on end. I love that itch. And I really like to scratch it.

I also really like to watch men and women bet. No 2 poker faces seem equal. When I wager I like to assume I put on a poker face which is impassable. But I know I’ve particular mannerisms. For one, the only time I smoke is when I bet on poker or Blackjack. And then I chain smoke. Except I smoke no matter whether I am winning or losing, no matter whether I have a good hand or bad.

I once bet in a very weekly poker game. The casino game was often five card draw. There was a guy who bet with us every week who constantly wore a hat. When he was given a beneficial hand, unconsciously, he would start touching and playing with his hat. Needless to say, he never won.

The very best poker player I ever saw was a guy who created much more actions and signals at a poker table than anyone I had ever met. He was flawless in the way he dressed. Generally an costly suit and tie, boots shined and nails manicured. He was meticulous in this manner. And he was usually brushing his pant leg or rubbings his hands or stacking his chips in neat little piles.

I use to examine him for hours. I’d attempt to see if I could spot his tell. Picking lint off his jacket- did this imply he was bluffing? Stacking his chips in a short pile – did this imply he had a very good hand?

Several years later I bumped into him in a very bar in New York and we had a drink. I asked him if he were aware of all those motions he created or if they have been subconscious. He told me that every single individual thing he did at a poker table was intentional. He said that everyone is always checking out everybody else’s poker face. They’re attempting to notice the the tell.

So his method was to give them lots to feel about. His thinking was if they have been pondering about him choosing a piece of fuzz off his coat and what it meant they sure were not thinking about their cards.

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

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