re: Poker & Are you allowed to write notes in a live game?
Originally Posted by OzExorcist
FWIW Gus was only doing that because he was writing a book (his "every hand revealed" book from a few years back) - it's not something you see him doing any more. And he was walking away from the table because, among other things, he was speaking aloud about exactly what cards he had in every hand.
OT: as others have said there's no rule against it (outside of places that won't let you use your phone or electronic device while you're in a hand) but few people bother to do it because it makes you look like a weirdo.
In fact I'd probably recommend AGAINST doing it, unless you're able to do it very subtly on your phone or something. Sitting there writing notes about people who are three feet away from you is likely to creep a lot of people out, especially casual players. You don't want to weird them out and have them quit the game on you.
Gus Hansen actually took notes here in the Melbourne Aussie Millions tournament and went on to win !!This created such attention and many poker players started making notes after seeing/hearing of his note taking.But after a while people also realised that playing in MTT and moving from table to table created too much "paper work" and not enough attention to playing your cards.
Also it is enough of a hassle to carry around pens,note pads,phones,car keys,wallet,drink bottle,cap,sun glasses,card protector,nail file(lol),snack,sweater bar,apple(like Ivey),lucky charm,jumper with a hoodie,passport/identity document,$1 notes for tips to waitresses,mirror and lipstick(female players....I think/hope).