Monday, December 13, 2010

Poker Trap and Psychology

Every One who plays poker has heard about "having a poker face" or capture. To have a poker face is more than just watch your face, your whole body language and actions combined.

A good poker player needs to be friendly in nature. He must learn to associate his opponent facial expressions, body language, speech, and even the stakes in what are ultimately found to have been held in the hand.

Facial Expressions: With online poker, you of course cannot use this. But in a real poker game you can. Start with the eyes. When they call or raise a hand, do they look down, to the right, to the left, at an object in the room? Then what did they have when they did that?

Do they smile? Grind their teeth? Immediately take a sip of their drink after or before the bet? Look for these things each time they call or raise.

Body Language: Do they play with their poker chips under certain circumstances? Lean back or forward? Look for things they do with their body and then what kind of hand they had each time they do that action.

Betting Amounts: Some poker players don't realize they have a pattern at all or they figure no one will figure out the "code" they use for themselves. Watch how much they bet, then what type of hand they had and see if you can associate particular hand strength with a specific range of bet or even a specific raise amount.

If you find a pattern where your opponent always does a specific action in relation to having a good hand or bluffing, you have their number and can beat them at poker easily . . . or can you?

The Trap: You can establish a pattern that will be picked up by the other players. Let it cause you to lose a little money here and there. Let your poker opponents think they have your number by doing specific actions associated with different hand strengths.

Don't let it cost you too much money and watch for the signs they are taking the bait and are using your patterns to beat you. Then you can rock. Wait until you have a very good hand and do the things he did when a bluff or if you had a lowest strength hand.

Your poker opponents will imagine they have you and bet the limit. You'll win what you lost and a lot more. Play poker much more than know how to bet the cards in your hand. There are a lot of psychologies involved, mind games, if you really want to play with the best.

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