The Art of Observing in Poker
Part of the reason why a lot of Poker players fail is due to their lack of appreciation on the importance of observation. Poker is not a game wherein your actions are automated; the fact is that by keeping your eyes open, before and after the session, you will be able to win more games and make more money.
Of course, there are a lot of things that one should keep an eye on, during the game, but one of the most crucial, and one that will play a vital role in your Poker strategy is that of your opponents. All too frequently players just concentrate on what they are holding, but that will not be enough to help you take the pot. As you play, especially in beginner's Poker rooms, you will see a lot of players giving away tells,
By simply keeping your eyes on them, you will see from their reactions as to what kind of hand they got. Their mannerisms, and the way their eyes would move, would give away what they hold. Very often in online Poker, players like to chat, and this too provides you with an opportunity to gauge them.
Something else that you should be observing is yourself. This is of course, mainly applicable to land based casinos. Very often, a Poker player will get caught up in trying to read an opponent that he ends up giving tells himself.
If you sense that your opponent has a weak hand, or is going to fall for your bluff, try to avoid getting excited, and try not to let the others be aware of how you feel. All the Poker reading that you do will be for naught if your actions are interpreted.
Finally, a Poker strategy of observation does not end with the game. You should always make it a point to look at the pertinent facts of the just concluded session. What did you do right, or wrong? Also, take a look at your bank roll. That, more than anything else, will give you a clear insight as to your current stature.
Observation is key in Poker, yet the fact remains that very few adhere to it. It is time consuming, true, but it will pay off. The more time that you spend in observing the game, learning from your opponents and taking stock of your money, the more skilled and polished you will be.