Where It Gets Serious
Posted by Waldorf 1 on 01 Oct 2008 at 12:10
Tonight Adam's going to be playing a £100 Re-buy tournament at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair. This is where it gets serious, with approximately 60 players, and the re-buy element, the pot could easily be over £20,000. The Palm Beach is a prestigious casino which attracts some seriously good players. These guys do not mess about, and Adam will need to play a great game, and project himself as confident and strong at the table to do well.
It's really important he doesn't get intimidated by the other players and by the surroundings. There's a good chance this could happen, especially as the majority of Adam's play has been online, so I'm going to be giving him a session on ‘talking the talk'. This will be an overview on how to handle himself, face-to-face, with the other players and give as good as he gets when it comes to banter.
Adam's already picked up loads of poker terminology from previous training sessions, but it's key that he can confidently reel this off like he's known it all his life and talk the talk if he's challenged. Alternatively, if he doesn't feel confident talking the talk just yet, then we'll create a quiet man persona – not every successful poker player has to be as loud and brash as Daniel Negreanu or Mike Matusow.
A lot of poker is a game of psychology – if you come across as strong and confident, people are more likely to think you've got strong hands and will start to believe you've got all the luck. That said, unless you've got the skill to back it up, you don't want to come across as too arrogant at the table, so it's a fine balance!
This is where we need your help. What's your best tip to handling yourself at the poker table? Is there any terminology you reckon Adam should be using? The best answer gets a www.CircusPoker.co.uk USB stick.