For anyone who has played poker in India, one knows that poker is a marathon, not a sprint. Finding peace whilst at the table is vital to the success of the most accomplished players in the game. So what are some annoying aspects that tend to get on one’s nerves? Let’s have a look,
1. ‘Educating’ the novice
The most annoying thing that poker players do at the table is to teach the fish. Trying to teach the fish how to play better, and then later telling them off for playing poorly crushes their soul.What is even worse is to castigate them moments after they have busted. The best thing to do is to just leave them alone. Offer advice only when asked for.
2. Abusing the Dealer
Players who abuse dealers are next in the list of annoyances. Throwing playing cards at the dealer is simply a no-no. It is not the right way to conduct yourself. Respect the game and the dealers.
3. Poor Personal Hygiene
This one ranks highly in the list of professional poker player annoyances. How difficult must it be to concentrate on your game when there is a putrid stench emanating from the person seated right next you? How long does it take to take a shower, or even put on some deodorant? Maintaining proper personal hygiene is important wherever you go.
4. Being ‘in the tank’
For those unfamiliar, the term ‘tank’ means to take an exorbitant amount of time thinking before making your play. It is pretty obvious why this would get on the nerves of poker players. While it is perfectly fine to think before playing your cards, but try not to stall unnecessarily.
5. Forced Conversation
You will encounter a wide variety of people at the poker table, some more tolerable than others. What seems to annoy a few people is the needless chit-chat some characters force you to engage in. you are better off investing in some headsets to fend off unnecessary conversation.
6. Talking Strategy
No one likes a know-it-all. You be a seasoned player in your own right, but it doesn’t give you the right to spout your expertise all over the table. Like the first point, you should offer advice only when asked for.
Over-exuberance can wind up even the professionals. You are enjoying a good game and might feel the need to celebrate. It is all right to do so, but simply ensure that your excited state isn’t bothering those around you.
8. Angle Shooting
Angle shooting is term which implies using a series of underhanded manoeuvres to exploit inexperienced players. While there is a fine line between cheating and angle shooting, the latter is still frowned upon. It is not something which conforms to the spirit of the game.
Hollywooding refers to acting in an exaggerated manner so as to draw out a reaction from your opponents. It is often compared to overacting and typically annoys most people.
10. The Chip Stack Question
This one happens a lot. The person seated right next to you asks questions about your chip stack. There might be nothing wrong in doing so, but it is better to simply concentrate on your own game.
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