re: Poker & Why do you play poker, and reading opponents
Jon UK mentions the psychology of poker, by Dr. Al This is the finest book on the subject. It is also the foundation of this post.
Your predeterminations about an opponent are very revealing, but as some pointed out should remain fluid and change as you learn new information. Let's take it one step further.
The college kid sits down, and doesn't know where to put his second drink. So he "slams" it and puts the empty glass to the side.
As opposed to him just leaving the mostly full drink on the rail for the waitress to take away.
Ill often ask folks casually, "What brings you to Vegas?"
If they say they are here for a bachelor party, well that means something.
If they say they beat up the poker games
back home, and could't wait to try their skills in Vegas, that means something else.
I am watching these things, as it reveals insights into the way they will be playing.