If you have ever played poker before you know that you can
obviously see all the players around you since you play in a circle (unless
youíre playing online poker). You just figured out the most important part of
poker. You may be thinking that thatís impossible.
You probably think that the most important part is the cards; what cards you get
how to use them, ECT... These are very important, you are correct, but it all
starts with your ability to use your body language to your advantage. The cards
are going to be relatively the same for all the players. Luck usually doesnít
factor in well in poker since everyone has the same chance to get the same
In case luck begins to play a large role in your game then what can you does? A
player always has 4 basic choices; you can check, bet or call, raise, or fold.
If you are not getting good cards you can always fold right?
This is not always a good idea. You may be leaving large amounts of money on the
table in the long run after a few initial folds. Sure you seemingly get away
with losing less but you give up the chance to even try. Bluffing is the art of
misguidance. You want them to think you have a bad hand one second and the next
a great hand with all the best cards that are sure to win you the pot.
How do you accomplish such a thing? Simply with your body language this can be
done. If you have good cards act happy. You may not want them to know that you
have good cards but itís a way to change there thinking; now every time you act
"happy" they will think you have good cards and may fold.
If you have bad cards and you act happy they might fold because now they are
What you want to do is create a complicated pattern of sad, happy, indifferent,
ecstatic, angry, ECT. Actions for certain hands. You want to throw them off but
try and lure them into a safe zone where they think they understand your
bluffing pattern and then hit them with the reality. As long as they are trying
to keep up with whatever pattern you have, you will have them all under your
In one game of poker tournament I was playing in I decided to create very
complex poker faces. They where not good they where not bad. I scrunched my
face, grabbed my lip and scratched my leg; I did the craziest thing that nobody
understood. They had no idea what my faces meant so they assumed that when I
didnít raise that my cards where not good and they would raise and raise. When
it came time to show, guess who took home the pot.
The moral of this little story is that you have to be creative. This is step two
of poker (after learning the basics and learning them by heart), body language
is very important. If you are known as a newbie and you come in they will expect
you to show your cards loud and clear through your body language. You can
mislead and kill your competition with a good poker face.
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The 19th century, the game of poker was first played in
the United States. But, Asia is the location where the
game poker originated. Mississippi Steamers or floating
saloons is where gambling and poker really started and
prospered in the United States.
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