talking at the table
Poker is a social game
and interacting with your opponents has its own benefits. Chatting
at the table though – whether in a live game or an online one –
may not be such a good idea, especially for beginners. The same
way he doesn’t know that deals like the
Full Tilt rakeback and the
NoiQ Poker rakeback will offer
him an edge the usefulness of which is hard to match through
actual strategy, the rookie will enjoy talking to his/her
opponents and will feel appreciated while he’ll unmistakable cough
up valuable clues for his opponents.
Poker is a game of partial information. The player who has the
most information on his/her opponents has a huge edge. Giving away
any sort of information to your opponents – especially for free –
is not just a mistake, it’s plain stupid.
Most professional players like to chat with their rookie
opponents, because they basically fish for information. They don’t
really care about what the conversion is about, as long as they
can get you to talk. They’ll simply ask you whether you want them
to call you, whether you’ll show if they fold or not and other
such apparently unimportant knick-knacks.
The key to fishing for information this way is that you don’t
actually give the information away through what you tell them, but
rather through the way you tell things to them.
Remember that these guys are adept at reading human behavior, and
that’s the skill they love to use at the table.
You have the right to remain silent and not to answer any such
questions at the table. Of course, you don’t have to be a grouch
either – you can talk to your opponents as long as you want to
when you’re away from the table and the conversation is not about
poker. At the table however, you needn’t answer any of the probing
questions coming your way.
In conclusion: If you reckon you’re a good enough player to use
table chatter for acquiring information, go ahead. If you’re a
beginner though, you are much better off not talking to your
opponents at all.