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Hello I have a question, my friend told me that he has feeling that when you play live poker, you can only look at your cards when its your turn. Is it true or not?
I mean pre flop.
He said that you can not look at your cards when you are not on turn. Is it true?
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The confusion might be that some people say you should only look at your cards when it's your turn to act - they think that it forces you to pay more attention to the other players in the hand. If you look at your cards immediately and see you've got rags you probably decide right then and there to fold and your brain switches off, so you might miss some important reads on other players, or an opportunity like a good spot to try a squeeze.
Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with looking at your cards earlier.
Lol you can look whenever you want as many times as you want but the old poker books say not to look until its your turn, so you can watch every one elses reactions. Not me though, I look as soon as I get them, I like to make my decisions before I know for sure everyone at the table is looking at me.
personally, i find it annoying when players wait til its their turn, then go thru motions to look at cards, waste a min or 2, then fold or whatever. I know its what "experts" say you should do, and if i was playing in the wsop main event, ok, i'd understand, but when i'm playing in a 45 dollar buyin with 15 min levels and can get down to under 10 bb's pretty quick, i want the game moving fast as possible. just my opinion, of course, you can do whatever you want, no rules against waiting to look or looking right away
I've never played live poker since in our country it is banned,but I think that is possible ,it's your card
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You can look at your cards as soon as they are handed over to you, but this gesture says that you are an inexperienced player and accordingly weak. Players look at their cards when it's their turn to look at the reactors of the players, and thus have different information. You can also throw your cards in a non-queue, but by this action you simplify the decision for the players.
You can look at your cards at any time. If you're a newer player and feel nervous about giving away tells and aren't good at spotting tells in others then by all means look at them straight away.
I'd suggest building up the confidence though to start looking at others when they look at their cards and seeing if you can pick up a tell from them, if you can you're onto a winner - just don't tell them you saw it!!
I have already played in some cassinos, not so much. But everywhere I played, I could look my card just after the dealer give them to you, there was nothing like what you said.
The only rule I sow being applied it was when a player raise before his time, he could not take his money back.
For an example, if I player A is before player B, Player B raises 300 before his time, player A go for all in, player B can fold or all in, but his raise stays on the pot.
Look at your cards when you wish. If you do wait until it is your turn, not only can you watch other players' reactions, but nobody can anticipate your action. Players who use a card protector when they want to play a hand and commit chips to the pot will give others a hint at their holdings if they look at their cards, then just put them down without the card protector...this is telling everyone that you intend to fold, which may affect their play.
If you do wait to look at your cards when it is your turn, make sure that you immediately look at them and don't be a douchebag and wait 15-30 seconds before even touching them. (reference: William Kassouf 2016 WSOP).
You can look whenever you want, but many choose to wait to look at their cards in hopes of not giving any tells as to why they're betting the way they are pre-flop. I personally don't look at my cards until my turn most of the time, but that is more a habit than anything else.