If you often play offline (tournament poker or cash games in a poker club in your city), or want to visit such a gaming establishment in the future, then you just need to know the basic tips of professional players for playing offline.
Have you ever thought about why a new player in the club plays stiff and too nervous, becoming a victim of more experienced players. Even a player with a lot of experience playing online poker usually loses a few buyins at the beginning of his live career.
Making absolutely stupid mistakes. The fact is that such players are used to showing their emotions, because. no one will be able to see and “read” these emotions behind the monitor screen. In live poker, the opposite is true, there are no statistics from the Poker Tracker and Hood Hold’em Manager, non-verbal gestures play the most role here, which can be easily read by experienced players.
Therefore, before heading to the nearest poker club, read the advice of experienced players. But, remember that there are many contradictions and exceptions to the rules in poker. In addition, experienced pros may try to deceive you by showing false gestures.
1. Look into the eyes of the enemy, and hide yours.
That’s why many pros wear sunglasses, visors or baseball caps while playing, they know that the eyes rarely lie and can give you away.
2. Facial expression
Again, many professionals try to disguise their face by putting on a hat and looking down. This is done to avoid looking down, the opponent can calculate how long you look at your cards. They may try to examine the face for nervousness (detection of weaknesses), or even look for recurring characteristics such as “nervous tics”. You can show your emotions when your hand is weak, and conversely, you can show joy when you get a good card.
Anxiety usually arises in people when they encounter or expect an important hand or a strong card has come to them and they are excited about the correctness of playing this combination. Physical changes occur including muscle flexion, dilated pupils of the eyes, fluttering heart rate, dry throat. When bluffing, a player may show anxiety knowing that he has a weak hand, or vice versa, or may look quite comfortable with a good combination in his hands.
4. Trembling hands
A very common symptom for beginners. And besides, this is a by-product of anxiety, beware of a player with shaky hands, this nervousness can represent a big hand.
5. Gaze at the chips
Again, a non-verbal sign associated with the eyes. It is common for players to take a quick look at their chips if they contact the board after the flop. It may be a subconscious reaction that the player is already planning his attack. To avoid this, remember how many chips you have at the table before each hand. If you have a lot of chips, visually count them before you get the cards in your hand, at least an approximate number.
6. Don’t touch your cards ahead of time.
Often, beginners try to speed up the game too much and not slow it down, as if showing excessive courtesy to all participants in the game. And they rush to fold with a bad hand, before the moment when their turn comes, taking them with one hand and preparing to make a Pass. Experienced players very often look to their left a few places ahead. If a beginner reaches for his cards or folds them for a fold, this can serve as information about the strength of your hand for an opponent.
7. Re-Reviewing Their Cards After the Flop
Some players re-examine their cards when, for example, there are three cards on the board for a flush draw. Typically, a player looks at his cards if one of his cards matches suit, because he only remembers that the two cards were of different suits.
8. Template bets
These are bets that a player repeats in similar game situations or with the same cards. For example, check-raising the flop with a good hand. Betting like this can hurt you if your opponent finds out which hands you’re playing like a pattern. And next time he will use it against you.
10. Chip stacking
It is highly doubtful, but still theoretically possible that aggressive players stack their chips inaccurately and casually, while tight players, on the contrary, always stack their chips very carefully. This can help you in the first rounds of betting, after the start of a game or tournament, when you have no idea about the style of play of your opponents and you have never played with them before.