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HouseCalls 10-01-2005 07:28 AM

Another newbie question
 
This is an issue that doesn't exist online but has been bugging me the few times I have played in casinos. When is the best time to look at your cards? It seems if you look at them when you get them then you cannot watch other players reactions to their cards but if you look at them before you bet than you guarantee that everyone will be looking when you react to your cards. Any toughts?

Jersey Nick 10-01-2005 08:03 AM

Re: Another newbie question
 
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This is an issue that doesn't exist online but has been bugging me the few times I have played in casinos. When is the best time to look at your cards?

[/ QUOTE ]Look at them right before or just as the action is on you without holding up the action.

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It seems if you look at them when you get them then you cannot watch other players reactions to their cards but if you look at them before you bet than you guarantee that everyone will be looking when you react to your cards. Any toughts?

[/ QUOTE ]Don't react to your cards unless you intend to convey a reaction.

KCFire105 10-01-2005 11:54 AM

Re: Another newbie question
 
The more you play, the less of a reaction that you will show as you look at your monster. Look down when the cards are two to your right, and less people will be paying attention to you than the one the action is on.

Lastly, don't get so caught up in if people are watching you look at your cards. They will. Just relax.

KenProspero 10-01-2005 12:03 PM

Re: Another newbie question
 
The advantage to not looking at your cards until the action is on you is that you can't give other players information that you don't have, assuming you have a tell.

The disadvantage is that while players might be looking at you if you look at your cards when dealt, they certainly will be looking at you when the action is on you. If you futz with your cards or give away anything, this is the worst time to look at your cards. Also, if you're a beginner, you have less time to think about what you're going to do this way.

In a low stakes game, it probably doesn't make that much difference. Most of the players are too busy figuring out how to play he hand and can't read players anyway.

However, all in all its not a bad idea to get in the habit of looking quickly, when the action is on you, especially if you ever intend to move up in stakes. If controlling your emotions is a problem, you either have to overcome this or accept the fact that you have a major leak in your game, with all the consequences.

MegumiAmano 10-01-2005 03:58 PM

Re: Another newbie question
 
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In a low stakes game, it probably doesn't make that much difference. Most of the players are too busy figuring out how to play he hand and can't read players anyway.

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As a newer player, this is how I do it.

I look as soon as I get my second card. I don't want to hold up the table, and generally there's no one who really cares about my reaction anyway. After I peek, I slide my cards back to the rail and sit there watching everyone else. I don't make any more motions toward my cards or chips until it's my turn to act. If I'm planning to fold, as soon as the person to my right starts to count chips I throw my hand in so the game keeps on moving.

Seems to work fine for low limits. The guy next to me shouldn't be getting much in the way of tells from me to know if I'm going to fold or not.

MegumiAmano 10-01-2005 04:02 PM

Re: Another newbie question
 
Oh and one tell that I know I have, which I'm trying to get rid of, involves not being able to remember my cards. I'm getting better, but on drawing hands sometimes I just can't be sure. So I make it a point to recheck my cards sometimes when I have a pocket pair, just to keep anyone who's watching me guessing. It's a temporary band-aid until I can do a quick peek and remember my cards without question.

smarterthanyoda 10-02-2005 06:29 PM

Re: Another newbie question
 
When I first started I looked at my when I got them so I wouldn't give away that I had a marginal hand because I had to stop and think about it. As I got better and the pre-flop decisions became more automatic I started looking when the action got close to me.

As far as memorizing your cards, I thought up stupid associatons. The stupider the better. For example, hearts are feminine, so I associated it with a woman. Because a spade is a little bit like an upside-down heart, I called it a man. Therefore, when if my higher card was a spade and the lower card was a heart, I just remembered "missionary" (man on top.) The key is, the reasoning is so absurd that it sticks in your head.

AngusThermopyle 10-02-2005 07:27 PM

Re: Another newbie question
 
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