What you can learn about non verbal communication from the poker table.
In the video above, Annie Duke gives us five tells to help you get a read on an opponent at the poker table. Annie Duke is a professional poker player and author who won a bracelet in the 2004 World Series of Poker $2,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Event and was the winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, where she earned the Winner-Take-All prize of $2,000,000. In 2010 she won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, earning a cash prize of $500,000 in addition to the title.
Playing poker has grown extensively since 2003 with Chris Money maker won his way into the World Series of Poker while playing online. He then went on to win the entire WSOP tournament, drawing worldwide attention to online poker.
The world of poker has not been the same since and the online poker game is where many people began to learn this game. There is a distinct disadvantage to playing online in that you are unable to read your opponents and that skill must be picked up in live playing. However there is a counter argument that if you are easily read, you have an advantage in playing online because your opponents cannot read you, because they cannot see your face, body, etc. That’s not to say there aren’t tells in the online game, cause there certainly are. (A “tell” is a habitual action by another player that gives you a clue as to what he is holding.) In the online game you can gain insight through speed of play, use of auto plays, opponent fold flop percentage, and the chat box.
In the following video, former FBI Agent Joe Navarro explains how our faces communicate more than we know and how you can take advantage of this in your next poker game. This interview takes place after he taught a session at the recent WSOP Academy Main Event Primer. Watch it to get his thoughts on how people’s faces can tell you everything you need to know about them, especially at the poker table.
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- Live chat with former poker world champion Annie Duke (seattletimes.nwsource.com)