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CELL PHONES

It had seemed that at every table where Peter had played, someone had been trying to talk on the phone while playing poker.

He recalled one instance where it had got so bad the dealer had been compelled to say something to the guy.

Naturally, you may have been busy or needed your phone for emergencies – but at the table, your focus should have been on the game and not on talking on your cell.

It had also been rude to other poker players who had been trying to focus on the game. check out other games.

ALCOHOL

You should avoid drinking! Having had a beer was well and fine, but that’s what the bar was for. Everyone has known that as you drank more, your judgment would have become more clouded.

You would want to be as sharp as you could, so you should avoid alcohol when you are playing poker.

By the same token, if you were ever to see someone who is obviously drunk, he might as well have had a flashing sign above him saying, ‘Free money here.’

He wouldn’t be have been able to focus on the game very well, so he would have been an easy target for you.

ATTIRE

As for table image, pretty much anything would do in a public card room.

You couldn’t be fooled by someone’s style of dress – the only way you would really be able to figure out how a poker player would have played would be by watching him carefully and learning from his playing style. Still, you could have picked up on some things, such as how he had presented himself.

If ha had had chips in no particular order in front of him and he hadn’t watched the play of the game carefully when he wasn’t in the hand, it was a sign that he was more of a loose poker player.

However, if he had had chips neatly stacked and looked very focused on the game, he was tighter and a more solid poker player.

How should you have presented yourself? You should have worn whatever you had felt comfortable playing in. Peter had always worn the same thing – a black shirt and a tie with a deck of cards or images of dogs playing poker on it.

That’s just what Peter had felt comfortable playing in. Most poker players had been superstitious, so if you had a favorite shirt or rabbit’s foot that you had felt would have helped you in your game, you should have gone ahead and worn it or brought it.

You would have wanted to portray yourself to the table as a tight, focused poker player who had been ready to play – so you shouldn’t be the guy with the chips all over the place, on the phone, or watched TV.

You should have your chips stacked neatly in front of you in stacks of five, ten or twenty, and been focused on the game.

ATTITUDE

The right attitude has also been poker fundamental to being a winning poker player. You would have wanted always to be in the proper mind set when you had been playing poker.

As Peter had said early on, if you had felt yourself going on tilt or starting to chase a lot of cards, you should have got up and taken a walk or cashed in the rest of your chips – you wouldn’t have been playing your ‘A’ game.

You should have always tried to remain optimistic, too, even if it had been a long time since you had been able to play a hand.

The good hands would have come, and when they had, you would have wanted to be focused, so you would have known how to play them right.

If you had thought you were a bad player, then you would have probably gone home right through the exit – without stopping off at the cashier’s cage first.

A WORD ON TELLS

When it came to tells, there had been no better source of information than Mike Caro, the ‘mad genius of poker,’ who had been an expert on tells as Mr. Caro, thee had been some tells Peter had noticed that had been common in poker players at the low limits and in home games.

They were most likely to have occurred on the seventh street, but they could also have happened during the earlier rounds of the hand.

One tell that poker players had frequently exhibited occurred when they had missed a hand after getting their last card.

When a poker player had got his last card, and he hadn’t made his hand, he may have sighed a bit, or shook his head ( never raise ) slightly.

Some poker players would have even picked up their three hole cards, shuffled them, slowly looked at them, and then frowned slightly.

This had been a great indicator that a poker player had not made his hand, but if hadn’t lasted long. For this reason, it would have been important to watch players’ faces on the seventh street. You should have noticed how they had reacted to their cards.

That sigh or frown wouldn’t have lasted forever, so you should have watched your opponent to catch it. Your last card wasn’t going anywhere.

Before you had looked at it, you should have watched your opponents’ faces to help clue you in as to whether they had made their hands.

Another tell had been a poker player’s showing his hand to the player next to him. Some players had been blatant – they would have tapped the player next to them on the shoulder and even have said, ‘Could you believe that!’ Others ( midile pairs ) had been subtler.

They had shaken their heads slightly and let their hands out enough so their opponents could see them.