re: Poker & Observing opponents on a live table
I have a few tips if anyone is interested in taking to the felt next time they play. First I like to look for dead giveaway serious players. I'm looking for poker logo discipline- playing in position,how relaxed or nervous a person seems to be and people trying to conceal and not reveal. Now that we have these people singled out from the casual people/ recreational players we can gauge what kind of skill level the table will have before we even sit down. Next try to get position on a recreational player by sitting on his left. Your looking for people that are drinking and socializing and have inelastic behavior preflop disregarding position. Try to have tags or competent players to your right so you force them to be proactive rather than you being reactive to their play. Next watch the players at the table preflop instead of looking down at your cards. Your looking for any type of behavior that defines your opponents hand, do they lean in towards the table when strong?,shuffle chips when confident?, or are the slouching back ready to fold.. Your waiting and watching as everyone else's reactions instead of looking at your cards until its your turn to act and by then you can prepare to keep calm and with confidence know kinda where your at in the hand disregarding what holding you have and can now get creative if the table dynamics warrant it. Going to the flop rinse repeat + pot odds
and implied if player depending..