I am going to start off with an admission. I don’t play poker with any frequency. It’s more like a leap year event. I do poker slot machines and once on over $700 on a few quarters. That sure felt good. But I’m not here to write about slot machines. I want to just quickly note the beauty of table, card poker.
To me the best psychological aspect is the art of the bluff. I like to read people. I notice looks, twiches, use of certain words, leg movement and all the rest. I like to create a profile even after meeting someone for just five minutes. And, let me tell you none out of ten times I end up being right.
I like to call people on their bluffs. Sometimes, that’s the only way to get things done. Sometimes, that’s the only way to keep people honest. Dare people to show their cards. It’s also fun to see whether people try to call one’s bluff. Truth or dare. It’s all the same.