Gambling is supposed to be played objectively. In poker, for instance, where the players are expected to battle each other out with the cards that are dealt them, everyone comes in expecting nothing less than to make the best out of their hands. Of course, they won’t get it equally, and they accept this reality. The only real advantage is the ability to tell based on an opponent’s body language. Here are a few of them.
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A scratch is often a tell that indicates a lack of confidence in one’s hand. Psychologists have even gone as far as claiming that people who lie have exhibited this behavior. In gambling, there is no moral code, but sometimes, the gambling table becomes an uncontrolled environment wherein players may show discomfort.
In poker, the eyes have the tendency to give away a myriad of clues. One must first learn to have a good measure of when another person’s eye behavior is normal. There is a certain consistency that comes into play. Watch out for the break in this consistency. This could come in the form of irregular blinking patterns or eye movements that go off the norm.
Breathing is yet another indication of whether or not an opponent is confident about his cards. Slow and deliberate breathing always indicates that a player is calculating his options quite closely. Relaxed breathing usually indicates that he is quite confident.
These clues are what make up the conditions by which the next player will play to. In gambling, it’s not always the best hand that wins. It can also be a case of who is able to spot a tell better.
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