Mind Your Expressions Poker Players


From a frown to a smirk, any facial expression can be your game changer. Yes, poker players! You can hide your eyes wearing sunglasses at poker table. But is there anything you can do to hide your tightened cheeks, strained forehead or any other form of reflex facial movement. 

Just visit a casino one day to play poker or watch it live. You will notice a lot of drama at poker table. Numerous players may pretend to leave with the best cards in hand. Many others attempt to look aggressive with just rags. The players initiate small talks to divert attention from them and they even glances in a try to cover a no hand.. 

Learning gestures to communicate

We normally discuss and learn on what gestures to communicate to the fellow players. But frequently get fooled by our challenger’s misleading activities. These gestures though characterised as non-verbal form of messages are off late pretty plain due to poor acting of the amateur online poker players. Mastering this art to manipulate challengers in particular the beginners is easy but when you sit facing players who have already beaten hell lot of stacks and have clean swept the table, you require big confidence and a savvy methodology to break their game. 

In those moments, the only thing which can save you from a smash is the talent to read the countenance. Actions, phrases and words can be faked but micro expressions, no way. They show up on your face involuntarily. If you are Homo sapiens, you have emotions and your emotions have the tendency to show up on your face, even if for a nanosecond. That is where your talent to recognize and read others’ emotional stances would act as an extra benefit. 

Micro expressions normally appear at the time when someone is trying to conceal their feelings. The best instances of such are found nowhere than poker live. This works on the easy science of “conceal a few and reveal a few” but might or might not be proportional. You, in turn have to learn and play with every clue you get. There might be unexpected interactions and consequences thereafter but hey, this is where your experience counts. 

And once you get this right, whatever your challenger is withholding, he isn’t doing it from you. 

Happy playing!