re: Poker & No More Chat!
well i dunno about chat...but talking to your opponent can be a huge help sometimes
in one of those prolessons emails form FTP Erik Lindgren has one entitled "ask and ye shall receive"
its all about saying things to get information out of your opponent
or even just listening to what kind of things opponents are saying
ex: a player is jokingly complaining every 2 or so hands about how the dealer sucks and he is not playing any hands...then he stops saying it and starts to play hands more frequently
this would mean either he is getting sick of folding all these hands, and he's too impatient so he's playin mediocre hands instead of waiting for monsters
or he is finally getting monster hands
In Lindgren's article, he talks about how 1 guy was getting hammered by everyone at a table, and was getting frustrated...finally one hand he flat calls in early pos. and E.L. raises with A10. The guy immediately pushes and erik starts thinkin..ok he finally hit a monster hand...
then he thinks a while and (obviously lying about his hand) asks the guy "can you beat Q hi?" and the man says, with relief, "yea i can beat Q hi" and erik immediately calls - the man shows K10s and tells
Erik " good call" and Erik wins the pot. Read up on it at fulltilt.com because i'm sure i told it wrong but talking to your opponents can help alot sometimes
if you don't like chatting i suggest at least leaving it on for information purposes even if you're not chatting...sometimes it really doesn't help and can put you on tilt or get you pissed.. but others it will help alot