A recent poker study has come to the conclusion that a stern poker face is not the key to hiding your hand in poker. Instead the study has suggested that it is your arms that are the giveaway.
This now means live poker players will not only need to work on their poker face, but also their poker arm. For many years now, the poker face has always been known as the key to not revealing your hand through emotions.
The most recent study claims it is your hand and arm movements that can be the ultimate tell when you are betting your chips. The straightest face does help, and in fact people are so aware of their facial expression giving their game away that they are very good at hiding this part of their play. However, when other players can also read the way you place your chips into the pot, facial acting or frozen motion is a waste of time.
Players acting very confident, almost too confident, will place their chips into the middle in one smooth motion. While players who trying to bluff the pot will splash the pot or roughly place their chips in untidily with an unsmooth almost hesitant motion. This seems to be the dead giveaway and observers were able to see this within roughly just a couple of seconds.
The study was held by a team of researchers at Tufts University in the USA. The men and women involved in the research project were asked to view 20 videos, each 2 seconds long looking at players in the 2008 World Series of Poker. They then rated the hands that were being held according to face and arm movements.
The end result concluded that players were almost unreadable when looking at their faces, but when looking at their arm movements they could make a more accurate judgement on whether that player was bluffing, holding a weak hand on a strong board or whether that player had a strong hand. This supports research that has already been done on the same theory.
Just to confirm this, there was a third study undertaken to look at how smooth and how confident the players were and the results were consistent with the first two approaches’ conclusions.
It seems when it comes to cards, there are plenty of tricks out there to get you ahead of the game, by giving yourself that little extra edge in the game.