Right on, Dr. Crush. Truth to all those words.
DrCrush wrote: › While sitting at any poker table, conversation is always going to happen. The one thing to remember is that sometimes it is more important to listen than it is to talk. This is a great tool to gain information from another player.
Information about players in your game is all around you. You might notice a particular player throws his chips in gently if he has a strong hand. You might notice if a certain player always raises preflop and he will always bet on the flop
. You might also notice that there is one player who will only play large pocket pairs. Although you might gain a lot of information from observing what the players at the table are doing, sometimes you have the potential to gain a lot more if you shut up and listen to what they are saying.
It is easy to get swept into a conversation without realizing what kind of information you could be slipping out. Daniel Negreanu is infamous for using this tool to gain valuable information form other players.
If there are a bunch of loud mouths at the table it is even more difficult to keep your mouth shut. There is nothing better than taking chips off a loud mouth player but the best way sometimes to do this is to sit back and listen to what they may be divulging.
In addition, some players will run off at the mouth for the simple purpose of distracting you from your game.
A pro poker-playing guest