re: Poker & Poker chip arrangement
Apparently (according to the experts) you can give away bits of your personallity by how you stack your chips. If they are messy then you are a messy player. Loose, not in control etc...
I like to deliberatly knock over my chips and gauge peoples reaction to it in live play. I sometimes stack sometimes play with them, sometimes have a mish mash pile. I find it makes people concentrate on the chips rather than what I am doing.
Anyway.. general rules (guidelines) for live play.
DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR CARDS UNTIL IT IS YOUR TURN - very simply, you wont give any tells
about the strength of your hand. (the amount of times I have folded a PP or A suited because the person to my left is already counting out his chips for a raise is unbelievable.) - Also , you have more information for when you do look at your cards.
Always state what you are doing, be it a call, raise or fold. (that way no one gets upset with you)
Don't talk about your cards when there are still people in the hand.
Try not to cheer if you suck out on someone.
Dont slow play things if you have the nuts.. (i.e you have quads.. and someone pushes all in. Just say call (or raise) and turn your cards over. Its not polite to make people wait.
You need to show both cards in a showdown. Dont just trun over your A.. It really pisses people off!