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Poker Comment: Why Speed Reading is Good for Your Hands

“[Classical] might seem an inflated word for a shady pastime, but it is wholly appropriate, for there is a kind of strict beauty in the game when it is played by experts, when every detail is accounted for and every nuance recognized” – from Poker, Bets, Bluffs and Bad Beats, by Al Alvarez and even pkv games online.

“Strict beauty” isn’t perhaps the term that automatically springs to mind when most of us attempt the multiple calculations involved in establishing just where we are in a hand of poker:

  • Assessing the value of our hand…
  • Assessing the odds of it becoming unbeatable…
  • Assessing the value of our opponent’s hand by asking ourselves how he’s played so far…
  • Assessing whether he’s smart enough to change tack…
  • Assessing whether he knows that we know what he’s holding…
  • Assessing whether he knows that we know that he knows that we know what he’s holding…

Which is why the game that takes you minutes to learn then takes a lifetime to master. And yet the best poker players can make these deliberations look so easy, swiftly whittling down their list of options like a company accountant deciding how much can be blown on the office party, sometimes with a crowd of tournament railbirds hollering all around them.

Just one more remarkable quality that separates us from the experts. Now Tourney Blog’s Michael Thomas thinks we can narrow the gap.

He believes that the spin-off benefits from learning to speed read will help us as much in reading poker opponents at the table as it will in digesting tuition books away from the table…

“The skills you develop from speed reading practice do a few things for you,” he writes, “for example, strengthening your ability to absorb information without losing meaning. This, in turn, builds your natural ability in processing information and recognizing and distilling it into the most relevant facts”

As our skills grow in this way, he suggests, so multi-tabling becomes a more realistic proposition.

The idea got me looking around to find out how the improving poker player goes about adding speed reading credentials to his resume.

Holdem Tight looks to speed reading, for example, with this article on learning to read pips on cards, instead of their numbers:

“The point of this article is to teach some speed reading tricks, so you can read the board as a sentence, not sounding out each individual card. It reduces your mental strain, and frees up neurons to think strategically”

They also include a chart to help you brush up on your ‘pip perception’ here…

Onto speed reading generally, Rock Town blog has a meaty list of tips that should getting you skimming through War  amp; Peace in a weekend, even if it doesn’t make comfortable reading for anyone in the publishing industry (“Some publishers say (off the record, of course) ‘A book is simply one great chapter with a dozen other filler chapters.'”).

AskMen.com weighs in with How to Speed Read, meanwhile, which introduces the concept of reading a page diagonally.

Of course, if we all had Derren Brown to help us out, the whole ‘reading’ thing would be a lot easier to start with…

Tells to Remember when Playing Poker

  1. Scratching – When a player is at your table and is uncertain of the play he or she is about to make, the player will begin to fidget and scratch parts of his or her body. If you notice a player fidget and/or scratch when placing or raising a bet, it would be to your advantage to call the player’s bet or raise the stakes even further if you have a good hand. If you follow this tip while playing poker on PokerQQ, you will find yourself in some luck even in that game. 

 

  1. Blinking – When a player blinks repeatedly, it is a good indication that the player is lying about something. If the player puts down a big amount of chips and you or someone at the table asks or comments on what kind of hand the player has and the player says he or she has a good hand but is blinking a lot, then most likely the player is lying about the good hand. I must warn you that you need to study the blinking pattern of the player before you can call his or her bluff.

 

  1. Twitching – When a player twitches his or her mouth, nose or eyes, it usually means the player is trying to hide an excited expression. If you see a player twitch when receiving his or her hand, it usually means the player has a good hand. If a player raises the bet that the player put down and the player twitches, it would be a good idea to fold if you do not have a great hand because the player who twitched probably has a great hand.

  1. Nervous talk – If you see a player at your table talking more than normal during the hand that is being played, it usually means he or she is nervous about something. If you or another player puts down or raises a bet and the player who is supposed to go next to bet begins talking to you or the bet placer more than normal, it is a good indicator that he or she is phishing for a tell from the bet placer or you; if that happens, it usually means the player is not sure about his or her hand.

 

  1. Wide eyed – If a players eyes are wide open without blinking that much, it usually means he or she is pleased with his or her hand. If the player puts down a sizable bet with non-blinking wide open eyes, it would be wise to fold if you do not have a strong hand.

 

  1. Relaxed – If a player appears to be relaxed during game play, it usually means he or she is confident with the hand that was dealt to him or her. If you see a player, who is relaxed, putting down or raising a bet, it would be a good idea to fold if you do not have a strong hand.

  1. Over Exaggerating – If you see a player over exaggerate a tell, it usually means he or she is trying to give a false tell. If you see a player over exaggerate a tell, it would be wise to think the opposite of the tell he or she is trying to convey.

Poker Strategy Tips on Reducing the Field and when to Quit

Raising to Reduce the Field

There are times you should consider raising a hand even when you know you probably don’t hold the best cards. This is how many players on KoinQQ have made their spot to the top of the chart boards and continue to play the game with interest. There are many various reasons to raise a hand. This tip focuses on just one of those circumstances. There may be times when you have a good starting hand that plays better against a limited number of opponents. As an example, KQ off-suit is a good starting hand in a limit Hold’em game. If you already have a player or two in the pot in front of you, you could easily be behind to a hand like AJ or 88, but the hand is generally still worth seeing a flop. However, the more opponents you have,

the weaker this hand becomes. This is a good time to raise in an attempt to reduce the field. Hopefully this will eliminate some hands like suited connectors and such. Pocket pairs are best against either a very small field (where they can hold up on their own), or against a large field (where you’re looking to hit a set).

When to Quit

The issue often comes up, “At what point should you stop playing for the day or the session?” The answer to this question depends on your objectives in playing poker.

If you are a regular player, you should take a break or quit for the day when your quality of play has deteriorated. This may come from frustration, fatigue, boredom, or distractions. When you aren’t playing your best, then quit. This might mean you can play for 15 hours without trouble, or it could mean you shouldn’t play 15 minutes. Note that you are not quitting based on being up or down a set amount of money, referred to as “stop loss”. If you’re winning and playing well, why would you stop? If you’re losing because of luck, but playing well, there’s no need to stop, assuming you are within your bankroll. If you are losing for other reasons, change tables or quit for now.

If on the other hand, you are a recreational player, someone who plays just for fun every now and then, you may need to quit based on a set amount of money or time. Ask yourself what your objectives are. Perhaps it is to play for five hours with your friends? Then play for five hours or until the money you took runs out. To buy that new DVD box set? Then quit when you’ve won enough to pay for it. To spend $50 and play until it’s gone? Then don’t get more (perhaps don’t even have more with you). Just want to have fun at any expense? Contact me and we’ll set up a game 🙂 The key is to set your objectives before you go to play and know how and when you will stop.

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