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Making Snap Judgements

by Ed Miller |  Published: May 13, 2015

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I judge my opponents by the way they look. Then I make adjustments to my strategy based on these judgments. I do it every time I play, and these snap judgments form the basis of my strategy choices against unknown players until I have more information. I played a session recently when two of these snap judgments first saved and then made me quite a bit of money that I would have missed out on otherwise. The first snap judgment was about an Asian man in his 40s or 50s. He was a little bit overweight and wearing a Margaritaville t-shirt and a nondescript baseball cap. He hunched over the table. Everything about his look said to me that he was a tourist, a recreational player, and an unconfident poker player. I’d seen the demographic and the dress and the posture many times before, and it added up to a ...


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