I always leave the avatars on for a couple of reasons...
- it helps to remind me of a particular player... helps for me to associate my reads on them with the pic. & their name.. both.
- & to a far lesser degree, it can 'occassionally' give me a bit of insight into their personality type... thereby getting additional reads as well (some may question or joke about this.... sure it's not the telltale most reliable tell of all tells
... but I find it can actually have some significance... ie. the joker/clown avatar - if in micro buyins $5-$20-ish, player is often Lag... and a shytty lag at that...quite often real spewy, bluffs alot in bad spots (bluffs don't make sense, etc.).. especially if they've got a sn like 'Iownu'.. or 'Iownu27' (many with 72 in their sn are Lags as well... usually loose/spewy over-aggro donk lags) I actually have some other profiles for other avatars (call me obsessive, lol).. some I've read about & others that I've also noticed for myself (ie. like the joker/clown one)... 'ninja', 'doberman'..but I've said enough already... can't give it all away, lol.