A Poker Face: is there such a thing? The answer would be yes, the concept of poker face does exist and it is really a blank expression of the face showing no emotion at all.
When playing poker, no matter if it’s the pros or just you and some friends on a boy’s night out, players look for each and every clue that they can get to read what is in your hand.
Unintentionally, especially with new players, one can know when they are bluffing from when they have pocket Aces.
So how can you use the power of your brain to improve your poker game?
Control Your Emotions
Showing signs of emotions at the poker table is usually really no go. In being a poker player you must establish a poker face that you will execute when playing. Some players are jovial right through the game and others don’t show a hint of a smile.
They key is to always stick to the script, as one alteration of emotion on your face when it matters most can cost you a whole lot of money.
How often have you been at a poker table and you see a player’s face move from happiness to sadness, the player moves from shaking to a sense of calm. It’s the curse of being a newbie to the game but you are not alone as many players have been in the same position.
Here are a few tips as to how to develop a poker face to ensure you maximize on the hands you have and ensure you get the winnings you deserve.
Learn To Relax
Firstly the key is to try and relax and get comfortable. The best way to do this is to forget about how much money you are playing for and just remember it’s simply a game. This will help you to remain objective and not have a clouded judgment or be nervous all the time, thinking every decision could cost you so much. It still comes down to a game being played so relax and be in a mind frame that you are here to have some fun. Clear your mind and let the chips fall where they may.
It is easy to tell how a player is feeling by the sound of their voice. Always try to talk in one tone, not too high and not too low, one tone straight throughout. What tend to help players master this art is to have in their head that another player is across the room trying to outsmart you and the question is, are you going to give in? Show that you are ready for the challenge and let your eyes do both the walking and talking in the room. Never close your eyes or open them too wide.
In remaining emotionless you must have a demeanor that says you have done this a thousand times before. If you realize you have won, lay tour cards down gracefully, if you realize that you have lost, lay your cards down gracefully as nothing changes. You must always be aware that you will not always win poker tournaments and hence accept a lost in a tournament with pride and your head held high.
Developing a poker face is not easy, it takes practice but once perfected will work wonders.