Only look at one of your cards?
I'm a newbie to poker so please tell me if this would make any sense:
First my observations:
I've seen a lot of the WSOP
and it seems that luck plays a huge roll after all the complicating psychological betting and reading tells
is done. You have the flop, turn and river cards which often help the underdog hand as they unfold.
Firstly, don't look at both your hole cards, only look at 1 or none. My thinking here would be that if you don't even know what your other card is, how can anyone read you? once the flop comes look at your remaining card before moving on. If you don't like the first card you see I would still bet to see the flop unless you think its really bad and too expensive. I see so many players hit lucky trips or straights or 2 pairs on the flop with garbage cards, some experts might argue that this happens rarely, but I would think that same garbage is what guys with ACE-KING want when they win with Ace high. Also the read, if you imagine your 'hidden' card to be what you want it to be then I think you are really throwing off the expert readers out there and after the flop you can look and avoid players reading your reaction to the flop. I know this sounds crazy, but I'd even thought of making it a point to not look at either of my cards pre-flop and trying this out with small money live. This would totally throw the other players off and if I hit anything on the flop I can see that after the flop, and If I don't have anything good or any good cards, then I can fold. From the little I know about live casino poker I am told and observe that it is very hard to bluff others out of a pot and often times the pots are won by some lucky player whose good hand beats the other guys good hand on the turn or river.
For those that disagree with me, please humor me by answering the following: "How many times have you folded what you thought was a crap hand, only to have that hand hit big on the flop or win the pot?" Does this even cross your mind? or are you so hell bent on playing the "good" hands and rely on long term %'s that your "good" hand will beat someone else's "good" hand.?
Am I completely out to lunch here? any comments?