Hold The Lies


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Aug 16, 2006
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Hold The Lies

By Aaron J. Moore

There are two types of people who can stake their professional living on lying. These crafty people are professional poker players and politicians named Clinton.

The ability to be less than truthful is the foundation of any quality poker player. Thats one reason playing poker is so gratifying. Even if you dont have the winning hand, you can still lie and bluff to victory. Wins will be few and far between if you dont occasionally make the others at the table think your pair of 2s is the nut flush.

A bluff is a necessary form of a lie at the poker table. On the other hand, there are other types of lies that are becoming more popular during online and live games but are unnecessary.

Be aware anytime you hear someone at the table say to you good luck or sorry. In a landscape of lies, those are the two most disingenuous phrases ever uttered at a poker table. It might be nerves or a feeling like they must act gentlemanly as if they are in some type of pistol duel during Revolutionary War times, but for whatever the reason, you dont need to say these phrases at the poker table.

Youve seen the scenario numerous times. Two players go all-in and stand over the table. One player lends his hand and says good luck to the other. Does the guy who puts entire chip stack at stake really wish good luck to the guy who could take that all away from him? Of course not. Deep down inside he is hoping to tear his opponents heart out.

Everybody at the table realizes this, so there is no reason to say anything in the first place. The best course of action is to quietly watch the cards play out.

The cringe factor rises when two people transparently wish each other good luck. An alternative and better form of sportsmanship is to stay calm following a win and forgo any tantrum if a painful loss results.

If the all-in results in someones departure, then hand shakes can be exchanged.

Another time to stay quiet instead of offering a clich-ridden lie is the obligatory sorry when your opponent finds himself on the business end of a bad beat.

Did the Pittsburgh Steelers say sorry to the Oakland Raiders when the Immaculate Reception put them in the Super Bowl?

Did the Yankees say sorry to the Red Sox following the Babe Ruth trade?

Did the USSR basketball team say sorry to the USA after a terrible call gave the Russians the gold medal in the 1972 Olympics?

Certainly not, because in a sport of any kind, numerous occasions arise when landing some luck brings victory.

If you truly feel sorry when you give someone a bad beat, then you are playing the wrong game. Everyone sitting at the poker table is there to win chips and dollars in just about any legal way. Before a player sits down, he runs the risk of stepping on the landmine that doubles as a bad beat.

Saying sorry to someone is just like rubbing salt in their wounds. Once again, the best way to handle the fallout of a bad beat is to stay quiet and dont gloat.
Allow the person who lost to handle the pain in his own way. Hearing an empty sorry from you wont help.

There are many times you will find yourself in uncomfortable situations at a poker table. Rather than making a bold lie in the form of uttering good luck or sorry, think twice and handle the situation the right way by being a gracious winner or a noble loser.

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Nice cloaked promo. The link doesn't lead to where they took the article from in the first place, it leads to (of course) wagerweb.

Why should people stay quiet at the table? Why shouldn't you get under someone's skin after dishing out a beat, helping them to tilt? Only thing I agree with in that article is people are only there to win money by any means neccessary. If it means being a "bad sportsman" to accomplish this, oh well. Nobody sits at a poker table to win a popularity contest.

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