Fecha de registro: 7 may 2022

You appear weak and self-pitying. You may tell a bad beat story to get sympathy, but poker players—especially winners—aren’t sympathetic people. If you doubt me, just think of how you react to other people’s bad beat stories. Do you feel sympathetic? Do you tune out? If you do either of these things, you’re making a mistake. A winner would listen carefully to gain information about the storyteller and his opponent

Bad beat stories are not the only or even the most serious way that talking gives away valuable information. Countless losers criticize other people’s play or suggest ways to improve it. Doing so can drive them away or cause them to play better. It may also tell other people how to play better and how you think and play. The smart players will use that information against you. When you’re playing, don’t criticize or give lessons.

You should also avoid giving away information nonverbally. A poker face is a huge asset. It prevents others from reading and adjusting to you. Tommy Angelo went further and coined the term, “Mum Poker:” “On the outside, mum poker is the classic poker face, extended to the entire body…. On the inside mum poker is no complaining, no blaming, no regretting…. Or you could just think of it as sit up and shut up.”

Mum poker or any other form of controlling the information you transmit can manipulate your opponents’ thoughts and their feelings. Poker writers emphasize thoughts, but feelings can be even more important. For example, if they don’t call your bet, they may wonder whether you were bluffing. It can distract them, causing future mistakes. You will often see people make “peace of mind” calls just to relieve that tension. The caller expects to lose, but has to know what the bettor was doing.

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