In many cases, non-verbal communication is more important than verbal communication. This certainly applies to the game of poker. It can’t be said enough that showing your emotions during a poker game is a faux-pas, as it can give away your hand or indicate that you’re bluffing. A stern poker face is a must to prevent your opponents from reading your strategy. Discover our tips in preparation of the bwin.be WPTN Brussels series we’re hosting in February …
Movements of eyebrows and lips
Sudden movements of the eyebrows and/or lips indicate nervousness. If you make such moves when looking at your cards for the first time, your opponents are very likely to figure out that you have a good hand. They will thus be less likely to take risks, making it hard for you to cash in on your good cards.
Rapid or halted breathing
Pay extra attention to your breathing when the flop (the first three cards), the turn (the fourth card) or de river (the fifth card) is shown. If you start breathing rapidly or literally have to ‘gasp’ for air, your opponents will notice that something is amiss.
Touching your nose or ears
Rubbing your nose or ears is not a smart thing to do when you’re playing poker, especially when you’re placing your bet. Touching your face indicates a certain restlessness that is inconsistent with the concept of ‘putting on a poker face’.
Tics are unacceptable
Tics are also out of the question when you are playing poker. Strumming the table with your fingers, constantly rubbing or shuffling your cards, … These movements are a dead giveaway, screaming of nerves and insecurity. Additionally, excessive laughter and smiling may put your poker strategy at risk.
Improve your poker face
Putting on a poker face goes hand in hand with an imperturbable gaze. Some players opt to wear sunglasses to hide their expression, although that is not always permitted in casinos.
Playing poker is something you learn by doing, so drop by Grand Casino Brussels Viage and learn all the tricks of the game!