re: Poker & playing for Deception!!!
This is actually the opposite problem that I run into. Whereas you play too straight forward, I tend to over trap, and I wind up letting myself get drawn out on. There's nothing wrong with playing straight forward, you just have to make one or two plays that aren't straight forward. If you have a reasonable chip stack, make a medium sized bluff (that you can afford to lose). If you get called and you lose, that's fine, because it sheds your straight forward image. If everyone folds, show it. Once they see a bluff or a slowplay, they will have to stop playing you how they are, for fear that you'll bluff or trap off too many chips from them.