If you have played poker on earlier occasions, then you would surely know that players are seated in a circle and are capable of seeing each other ( unless you are playing an online game of poker). This is arguably the most important part of the game.
In all probability, you think that cards are the most important part of poker–the cards that you get, ways of using them and so forth. Well, these factors need consideration, but then, the most important part is using your body language to put you in an advantageous position. All players are going to get relatively similar cards and luck fails to play an important role in this game—as each and every player has a fair chance of winning the same.
Take a look at the steps to take in case luck does start playing a role in your poker game. You have 4 options—you can call or bet, check, raise or fold. For example, you can always fold if you are failing to get good cards. However, this is not a good idea as you may end up leaving a lot of money in the long run. It’s true that you garner lesser losses, but then you start losing interest and give up trying –right?
Bluffing, a great art for misguidance, comes to your rescue and helps you convince your co-players that you have a bad hand at a point of time and a great one the very next moment—one that will surely make you win the pot.
This can be accomplished with the right body language. Look happy if you have good cards, your act may urge them to anticipate losses and fold. Also, act happy if you get bad , and get the same results. All you have to do is generate a complicated pattern of indifferent, ecstatic, sad, happy and angry body language.
In certain cases, help other players understand your pattern of bluffing and then hit them hard with the reality. You will be in control as long as they are trying to adjust with or play in line with your behavioral patterns.
In a poker tournament, I decided to make extremely complex poker faces. I grabbed my lip, scrunched my face and scratched my leg. In other words, I did the craziest things that none could understand. They went on raising their cards under the assumption that mine were bad. No prizes for guessing who took the pot home after the show!
Here, the moral is that you need to be creative. Step 2 of poker (after knowing the basics by heart), your body language, is extremely important. With your reputation as a newbie, you can fool other players with the same. You can kill your competition and mislead others with good poker faces.