This is a discussion on Body Odor = Strategy??? within the online poker forums, in the Live Poker section; you've probably encountered a lot of people with poor hygiene at the poker table but do you know anyone who refuses to take a shower
I don't know of anyone who refuses to take a shower to gain an advantage. I however have encounter several people who have had a rather pungent odor!! Most of them went to the casino after a night shift of work and stayed into the day. Not pleasant for the other players at the table. Best thing to do is ask for a table change if available.
people have no respect for others.
bad body odor bothers everyone.
i had a guy once come fix my windows he stunk to high heaven
the wife told me not to say nothing but i looked at him and told him.
man you stink you could have put on pit stick before you go to someones house smelling so grose, so i took out our air freashener and sprayed it so we dodnt have to put up with the BO smell.
Fortunately i have never been in such situation but i play live in casino very rarely so maybe i just got lucky. I don't understand how that can be a strategy as most you can do is to make other players find another table or call manager to address it.
I think that when playing live poker can someone use their nasty smell, to make for yourself a winning position. Someone is not affected, and the other can be very distracting and make do the wrong moves.
In cashgame why would you want anyone to leave early? I guess in mtts might make players a little tilty so maybe some benefit. But Amy shred of poker benefit would be countered with all the social interactions that get ****ed by your smell
hahaha thanks for the laugh it never occurred to me that someone would do that as a poker strategy, but now that you brought it up... i wouldn't be surprised.
good thing online poker isn't scratch and sniff lol
I can't recall any blatant hygiene issues, but I have seen players who have played for more than 24 hours straight...they looked like hell, but I never got close enough to smell them. I don't think anyone would intentionally smell bad...after all, I do think that players play better live (FOLS...Fear of Looking Stupid), because they are not some anonymous avatar.
Well if someone has to use their hygiene as a tool to win, that's pretty low. I would presume that they would have some fans (not people as fans) but mechanical fans blowing his BO down to the other table! OMG! I can't imagine not showering and brushing my teeth, and sitting so close to people! That person has some serious gambling/mental health issues if they can't take a time out to take care of personal issues. Then again, I think they should put him in an isolated room and play with himself! haha
I think you give FAR too much credit to the mindless degens that fill the casinos, they're not doing it as a strategy, they're more than likely well on the way to mental illness, gambling is a disease of the mind.
And lest you wonder why I would say such a thing while posting here on Cards Chat... its because I don't consider poker to be "gambling" at all. That's for the smelly degens to revel in. For me, poker is a skill game, with a gambling element yes... but over the long haul, that "gambling element" (otherwise known as "luck") converges to zero. The gambling element disappears leaving only the relative skill sets to determine who is a winning player and who isn't. Smelly degens are almost never winning players, trust me on this. LOL
yeah ive sat at the table for 35 years and that was one thing I could never get used to smelly people. Not a guy at the end of the day who came in to cash his check and decided to get in a few hands and a few beers smelly. Or Ive been on a 30 hour heater smelly. But that I havent bathed in 6 days kind of rank smell. since Ive been in vegas I have run into that I havent bathed in months smell from certain types in both cases they were either western Europeans or middle easterners. I mean take a totally different elevator because even on the next run this one still straight up stanks.
I had a couple young net poker friends from the Netherlands come and visit and after a couple days I had to tell them. that in this country it is customary to wash every day and that if you dont people will avoid you and think ill of you & especially at the tables its considered common decency. Once they started bathing the tables turned for them much for the better.
my shark scope reads, "Glaucus atlanticus".
There is no reason for anyone to have body odder at a poker table. That is just nasty and should never ever be a thing. If I was at a table and some next to me had bad odder I don't know what I would do but I would def say something to him or her. Thats just nasty.
A few years ago I was listening to a podcast about women in the game and how womens's only tournaments were so popular. Obviously, a host of reasons were given as to why some preferred to only play those events rather than deal with men being men...but at one point a player said "well the room just smells so much better" and everyone burst out laughing.
I don't think it was about women wearing perfume - more about several hundred men in a room for hours and the aroma can get a little "Eau de Locker Room".
Hopefully good casino ventilation can help a bit! Otherwise, I'd consider just bringing it up to management. I have gone after working a long shift at a sports complex and might have smelled a bit, but no one said anything so all good.
I've never played at a live table. I didn't think about this problem. But as a measure of struggle, you can try to knock out a player who does not like. But perhaps you should not allow such players to the table.