Advanced Poker: Betting, Hypnosis and Distractions

If you're that much of a poor poker player, you might as well become the slave for the pro for laboring without getting paid and losing all that much. When does this happen? For sure, the pro has taken notes of you in his files somewhere and exploiting that information to use against you.

Betting

You may not realize the simple scenario of playing poker in your typical Thursday night game, but there's more than meets the eye. The pro is definitely studying you without batting an eyelash; he can read how you play your cards. And he can lure you to become poorer and poorer until your chips run out and so are you. With proper strategy, he can cause you to make mistakes. He can induce you to improperly read the value of his hands. He can create an atmosphere where you comfortably play loose. He can challenge you to a bluff and play a hand that would have been better folded. Conversely, he can make you fold with hands that you should have taken to the showdown.

A pro can also exploit you through betting. With a strong hand, for example, he can call a bet and get others to do it too or even raise. He can do this by either betting indirectly or disproportionately. One example of indirect betting is to betting aggressively rather than checking when the pro is uncertain of your intentions. Disproportionate betting is utilized by a pro when, for example, he suddenly lowers his bet ($12) even with a strong hand. Normally, you would see him betting ($24). This prods every one to call and even raise, thereby increasing the amount of the pot.

Hypnosis

Sometimes a pro is so good he can scrutinize you by knowing how you think and how you behave at certain scenarios. With tactical experiments, he can get subconscious responses from you, especially if you're emotional, dull, mystical, etc. Most probably he has hypnotic stimuli that go like this: (psychological hypnosis) staring intensely at the player's eyes; (visual and motion) moving his fingers over or through the pot; (sound) breathing loudly during an edgy silence; (sound and motion) finger tapping on the table; or repeating a chant-like commands (e.g. raise - raise - raise, fold - fold - fold, etc). Ploys like these often trigger automatic reactions from opponents.

Distractions

The easiest way to exploit the opponent is when they're distracted (sometimes by a radio or T.V.). Sometimes, a host would offer you liquor or late night newspaper or pornographic materials during a poker game. A pro isn't distracted by this and so should you.


 
 

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