Posted on 5/20/2018, 12:48:40 PM by Kaslin
Poker is a game of odds. There are high-probability hands and low-probability hands. As one would expect, lower-probability hands, such as a full house, trump – are stronger than – higher-probability hands. The player with the stronger hand wins over the player holding the weaker hand.
In poker, or any number of other games where human beings play not just against the odds, but against each other, and no player knowing what cards the other players hold, a weak hand can, in fact, beat a higher hand if the player with the weaker hand is able to trick the other player into thinking the weak player’s hand is stronger than it really is – in other words, a bluff.
In poker, it is not enough to read one’s cards; one must also read the other players.
The best poker players constantly are on the lookout for clues in the opposing players’ behavior for signs that reveal the opposing players’ true position. They look for “tells”:
We don’t ever know for sure how good or bad another player’s hand is, often until it’s too late. But … we sometimes receive clues from other players, based on changes in their betting patterns or their physical demeanour[.] …
Poker tells that may indicate a strong hand
• Fluid speech.
• Shaking hands.
• Full relaxed lips.
• A full, ear to ear, relaxed smile.
• Eyes open, not blinking. …
Poker tells that may indicate a weak hand
• Incoherent, forced, high pitched, slow, broken, or unnatural speech.
• Holding breath and not moving.
• Putting chips into the pot with great force.
• Staring right at you. (Strength means weakness.)
These are just a few of many tells that a shrewd poker player will look for in the other players’ eyes, faces, mannerisms, method of play, etc.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …