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Dave’s Diary: Posture Predicts Poker Player Possibilities

I love playing cards. I grew up watching my relatives play pinochle and whist, gin and cribbage and I was always amazed at how they always seemed to know what everybody else had in their hand.  Uncle Albert Bjorge was the best…but you don’t have to have 70 years of card playing experience to tell if your opponent has a good hand.

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  Here’s what to look for… when a person is dealt a good hand they very subtly sit up straighter in their chair and put their shoulders back.

When someone is bluffing, they very often engage in what’s called “perception management.” They try to give the perception that they have a good hand when in fact they don’t. So they put their chips in very quickly and confidently. That’s because a person who engages in perception management almost always overcompensates. If you look for it, it can be glaringly obvious.

Uncle Albert always sat up straight…come to think of it, he almost always won!

Good times.

Source: David J. Lieberman, author of “You Can Read Anyone

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