We currently live in a world that seems to be outsourcing the virtue of patience. Instant gratification is literally to be had everywhere. If you want to buy something, just a swipe on the Amazon Prime app and it’ll can be there tomorrow. Want to watch something? Stream it online and ask yourself when was the last time you saw someone order a DVD from Netflix? The same can be said for gambling, which has taken a major move to online gaming where you are in hand literally 95% of the time. Whether or not you come from fast paced gambling online, have a strategy that is quick and simple for you to implement, or you are just an all around fast player, you may find it hard to sit through a live game where the people and money are real. They want to win just as badly as you do and are going to take their time to play at their best, which obviously extends the game time and may wear on your patience. To help you remain the classiest, most alert, and effective player, here are five tips of what you can do when you are not in hand.
1 – Get To Know The Enemy
While everyone you play against is your opponent, that doesn’t mean you need to huddle down in a bunker and send mortars their way. Gambling is a recreational entertainment activity and most people go to have a good time. People often make friends at gambling tables and unless you are in a serious high stakes game, conversation is acceptable and sometimes even encouraged.
2 – Study The Players
Of course you can go to make friends and chat, or you can be a little more stealthy. Keep the poker face on pay attention to what you opponents do throughout the game. Are there any tendencies that you notice before they call or fold? Noticing patterns in the other players is often more helpful than trying to win just based upon card deduction.
3 – Try It Over Again
Another useful tip is to play your last move again in your head. Was it a good one? Are you second guessing it? What angle did you approach that from? Many times you can look back and see that you got caught in the heat of the moment and that it may be wiser to replay that hand a little differently.
4 – Play Sherlock Holmes
Study the table to see what has already been played, along with what’s in your hand. While there are literally millions of possibilities as to hands your opponents can have, you can make some clever deductions if you gather enough information. What is the possibility that somebody can get a royal flush? How about a straight flush? You can work your way down and train your mind to identify how likely possibilities are given flushes and hands. As the saying goes, hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
5 – Keep A Journal
The weakest ink is stronger than the best memory and experience is the best teacher. You are of course going to learn a lot about the game the more you play, but it is easy to forget a few tricks or principles if you don’t just them down for review when you will need them most. You can take it old school and use the pen and notepad, but it will look a lot less conspicuous if you jot it down in your phone. Players often send texts or tweets, so it won’t call much attention if you just write something in your device about the game, players, or table.