Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely, every time opponents play their hands differently from the way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose.
When David Slansky penned The Theory of Poker, he made the game sound oh so easy. Play in the knowledge of your opponents cards, whilst making sure they don’t know yours, and you will dominate the game of Poker.
But how can you begin to imagine what two cards your opponent(s) may be holding? As it turns out, clues might be more obvious than you think.
Many years ago I read Caro’s Book of Poker Tells and I had intended to do so again now that I have ventured on my little quest to become a poker pro.
However, I am currently on a bit of a Phil Gordon binge* so this has been put on hold, which isn’t exactly ideal given I am soon to (when I man up enough) play my first live game, at the Grosvenor Casino in Birmingham.
Thankfully, many of the key points (from what I recall, anyway) are covered in a video series which is now freely available on YouTube:
I plan to break down each of the videos and the key points raised in a future blog post but as it’s 11 pm and I still haven’t played a game of poker today, this will do for now!
* I picked up copies of Phil Gordon: The Real Deal & Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book on iTunes and failed to realise they were written in that order and form part of a 4 book series. As such, I have just re-read Poker: The Real Deal and am about to re-read the Little Green Book. Once they are done and dusted I will be looking at Little Blue Book and Little Gold Book.