Poker seems to be the in thing nowadays and I've taken a moderate interest in it.
I've decided that I'm going to take the time to study it in the interest of social research, if you will. Luckily, one of my friends works as a dealer in a Casino Filipino branch and she agreed to teach me a thing or two. After all, who better to teach you the ropes than the dealer herself, right?
It seems to me that Poker has a lot to do more with "reading" your opponent rather than being strictly a game of chance and probability. Either that or I've been watched Casino Royale too many times.
Some people have become so good at it that they can immediately tell if someone is lying or "bluffing" as they call it in poker. It makes me wonder if the talent is still effective give the virtual internet casinos setting more prevalent nowadays.
There's a lot of visual ticks, not to mention the so-called sixth sense, that I think gets lost when you're playing online. Mostly because you're watching your opponents on a screen instead of being in the same room with them. It still doesn't stop people playing online however.
Me I think I'd prefer playing in the real world. See you at the tables.