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    Poker is assumed to be a game purely of percentages by people who don’t know anything about poker. In reality, it is quintessentially a people game. Understanding whether the rival poker players are timid, fearless, pushy, soft callers, kind to their opponents, frightened of getting involved, rocks, drunk, tired, emotionally upset, caked up, on coke, penniless, at death’s door, or on tilt, count much more than knowing you are an 11-10 underdog rather than 6-5.

    This is the reason why most of the poker players are extremely solicitous of the health of their rival poker players and their families. For the amateur, they are being sociable, having a genuine interest and are trying to create a friendly ambiance. Still, there is hint of self-interest. After all, healthy poker players are needed so that they continue playing poker.

SOCIAL DYNAMICS

    As far as I know, nobody has written a serious doctoral thesis on this subject- yet it is utterly fascinating. A game that is completely drab is the game that one normally plays in. Then somebody will mutter to me about how bad the game is.

    This is usually the poker player who is the prime cause of the lack of action. To some extent, it is essential to follow suit where everybody is only taking up premium hands.It is true that you can snatch off a number of small pots. Being confronted only by the best poker hand among the other seven poker players in each case becomes a problem.

    This is tough burden to withstand. Once, I played in a four-handed game where there was no bet at all for thirty minutes. The poker players who bought in the forced bet won the antes. Obviously, we stopped playing. Actually, we never had really begun.

    The whole dynamics of the action alters even if there is a change of just one person in the game of poker. Now the game has become a huge hit. The poker player being a weak loser is not necessarily the reason. I have frequently had that effect on a game.

    So much so, that when invited to sit in on a game, I have only half-jokingly suggested they pay my table money. When they agreed, it became mentally disturbing. Sometimes, as soon as the poker player sits down, the game dies which has a stultifying effect on the game.

    The poker players don't want to give the boring rock action.Similarly, as soon as one poker player starts to play aggressively, trying to snatch off the antes, the other poker players follow the suit. To play in one game where you don't even consider calling with a certain hand and in another where you are willing to take the same holding to the river is a perfectly feasible solution.

    For example, In Omaha poker, the flop is A-10-3. Holding 6-5-3-3 in some games, I put my head down and charge. In other cases, a casual flip of the wrist mucks the hand immediately should somebody breathe on the pot. The whole dynamics of the action alters even if there is a change of just one person in the game of poker.

    Now the game has become a huge hit. The poker player being a weak loser is not necessarily the reason. I have frequently had that effect on a game. So much so, that when invited to sit in on a game, I have only half-jokingly suggested they pay my table money.

    When they agreed, it became mentally disturbing. Sometimes, as soon as the poker player sits down, the game dies which has a stultifying effect on the game. The poker players don’t want to give the boring rock action.

    Similarly, as soon as one poker player starts to play aggressively, trying to snatch off the antes, the other poker players follow the suit. To play in one game where you don’t even consider calling with a certain hand and in another where you are willing to take the same holding to the river is a perfectly feasible solution.

    For example, In Omaha, the flop is A-10-3. Holding 6-5-3-3 in some poker games, I put my head down and charge. In other cases, a casual flip of the wrist mucks the hand immediately should somebody breathe on the pot.

When the star attraction gets up from the table, some professional poker players behave appallingly. They straightaway follow suit. The star being a dreadful poker player doesn’t make him a fool. If they could have waited for a few minutes and showed some tact, it would have been better.

    Sooner or later even the biggest idiot will eventually catch on that he was the only value in the game. His ego might be hurt. If you don’t allow inveterate losers to feel at home, it will hurt your pocketbook. Once, in Las Vegas, after having thrown off a nice lump of money a businessman was leaving the poker table.

    Suddenly, he turned and said. “You will probably you will laugh at me once I’m out of earshot. I come here three or four times a year and blow off some steam and energy. Whenever I return, you are always sitting here trying to scratch out a living. You tell me, who’s the mug?”

    I often wished to listen to the things said about me when I was away from the online poker game. It would be most profitable, as it would be extremely revealing. Certain questions came up in my mind such as should I set up a bug? Has anybody ever done so?

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