re: Poker & Live players, when do you look at your hole cards?
Originally Posted by combuboom
Definitely as soon as they're dealt. You get to watch the other players, and in the case that you accidentally give some sort of tell when you peak at AA, all eyes won't be on you when you first see them.
I'd be pretty confident I wouldn't give off a tell right when I looked at AA, much like the pros on TV don't. But I might have a harder time acting calm until it was my turn if I looked first thing. I might bet quicker or something. Though I guess everyone's different.
When Freak and I played last in Reno, I noticed almost everyone looked first thing and that's when I picked up the most tells
on them because they had to wait their turn. Waiting my turn before looking also kept my mind clear so I could keep track of the action before me without my cards clouding my thoughts. It helped me create a routine I could repeat every time. Chris Ferguson has a repetitive routine where in he waits 9 or 10 seconds after looking & before betting every time. Again, to each his own I guess.