Originally Posted by Xavier
Is this the best way of doing it because you don't give reads to people acting before you and you can focus on reading them first?
I dunno if it's the "best" way of doing it, but those are certainly the reasons for doing it: if you haven't looked at your cards, you can't give away any information about how good they are.
Not having looked at your cards also means you're not as influenced in the way you study the other players. If you look at your cards right away and you see 73o, you're probably not going to bother studying the other players because you know whatever happens you're going to fold.
The flipside to it though is that if you wait until it's your turn to act before looking at your cards then everyone will be looking at you when you do it. You can counter that by practicing some tell-concealing behaviour - watch pretty much any televised footage of Chris Ferguson and just copy the pose he strikes every single hand, that's as good a start as any to tell concealment.
Read 'em and Reap
by Joe Navarro has a very good chapter on tell concealment too (it breaks down why the Chris Ferguson pose works, and covers some other stuff besides).