1. Get into a
routine. Make sure you are very familiar
with all of the tells mentioned within poker
advice, and think about how you look to
other players. Try to do the same thing
every time you bet. In advance think about
the physical actions that you go through
when you bet or check. Do your best to keep
your behavior uniform.
prepared. Often your opponent will
actually ask you what your hand is or what
your hole cards are. My reply is always the
same, and said with a smile: "I don't
remember." You can also deflect the
question with one of your own: "What do
you think I have."
3. Use time
to your advantage. When you get your
cards wait until it's your turn to look at
them. When the flop comes, spend that time
watching other players watch the flop,
especially if there was a pre-flop raiser.
your table talk. Do not talk about the
hands you've played, the hands you've
folded, or why you did or didn't play a hand
a certain way. Don't show your hands if
you're not called.
Back in 1985, when my
son Neil was six years old, he and I were
playing head-up no-limit hold'em at the
kitchen table. During one hand he made a
pot-sized bet, and I folded. After I threw
my cards in the muck I asked him, "what
do you have?" He had a stack of chips
in front of him that was so high that I
could barely see him sitting behind them. He
raised himself up so that I could see his
eyes peering out from behind the stack,
shook his head from side to side and said,
"Oh, no. You got to pay to see 'em."