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Old 10-01-2005, 12:03 PM
KenProspero KenProspero is offline
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Default 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.
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