If you’ve never been to one of the Bingo Halls where live Bingo is being played, you’ve missed out on some real excitement. Some people have the idea that Bingo Halls are filled with elderly people who listen intently to the caller, play a half dozen Bingo cards at a time and sit quietly waiting long moments for the next number to be called. The reality at most Bingo Halls is nothing like that.
First and foremost, Bingo Halls are a place for friends to meet, greet and challenge their luck for the evening. You may go to the Bingo Halls in your area or travel across the state (or country?) to visit other Bingo Halls with friends and family. There’s no doubt that some pals just love to hit new Bingo Halls and make those excursions into fun outings that may even last a couple of days or more.
But if you don’t have any friends who want to go to the Bingo Halls with you, don’t worry. Bingo Halls are notorious for friendship opportunities. The people who sit next to you will likely usher you into their group. All you have to be is a Bingo enthusiast who’s willing to share the banter that typically goes with the game.
Bingo Halls have seen some dramatic changes over the past decade or so. There was a time when Bingo had a very narrow definition. It was played with paper Bingo cards and a real person called the numbers. Today, many Bingo Halls have electronic Bingo games. That means you can play entirely at your own pace, if that’s what you want.
While technology has touched many Bingo games, there’s still something about the excitement of the traditional Bingo Halls. Find one in your area, grab your luckiest rabbit foot and head on over for an evening of fun. Traditionally in the United States, bingo is usually played at a church or some kind of benevolent organization. You will find Protestants playing bingo in a Catholic church and vice versa. Churches have used bingo to raise money for church activities, improvements, and outreach programs. Most churches see bingo as good clean fun, not gambling. There are churches that have offered bingo for decades and there are players who have been there since the beginning. Even the smallest hamlet usually has a church that offers bingo. In some rural areas bingo is often the only social event for miles around. Whether you play in a city or a country church, bingo is an American tradition that is likely to continue for a long time.
Though poker is a game of chance, and your game is as good as your hand, there are ways to get the most out of your hand even with a bad hand. Though this hand won’t likely win the game, it will help you become a better player.
Learning your opponent’s habits is also very important to your game. Often times, players have certain expressions and gestures they use, usually without noticing them, that occur when certain things happen. For instance, someone who is bluffing may bring their hand to their face every time they do this. After a while, people learn to recognize this gesture and know it signifies the player is bluffing. These types of expressions and gestures are known as poker tells.
By definition, a poker tell is any habit, behavior, or physical reaction that gives other players more information about your hand. The more you play with the same opponents, the more you will come to recognize such occurrences.
Listed here are tips that can help you spot poker tells. Remember that in poker there are many contradictions and exceptions. Also, experienced players often give false tells in order to fool other players.
Watch the eyes. Many experienced players wear caps or sunglasses while playing because they know that the eyes rarely lie. For example, many players can’t help but stare at big hole cards, so they peek for a longer period of time.
Facial expression. Here too, many experienced players try to disguise their facial expression by wearing a cap or looking down so as to avoid the classic stare down that poker pros are famous for like when trying to study a person’s face to try and detect nervousness detecting a weak hand, repetitive body characteristics like a body “tic”.
Weak is Strong/Strong is Weak. In its simplest form, this usually applies to novice players but can frequently apply to pros as well. Most players like to act, and when they have a great hand, they will often appear disinterested thereby, sometimes tricking their opponents. Adversely, a player who raises the level of his or her voice while raising the level of the pot, trying to look intimidating, may actually be bluffing.
Anxiety. Anxiety typically occurs when a player is either confronted or facing confrontation. Psychologists often call this the “Fight or Flight” response. This is believed to link back to cave man days where physical changes happened such as muscle flexing, dilation of the pupils of the eyes, heart palpitations, ETC. In poker, a player with a big hand is often ready for confrontation and may exhibit any or all of these characteristics. You may notice the player’s chest expanding abnormally, or his or her voice become higher than usual.
While these are just a few of the poker tells you may notice in your opponents, they are of the most common to occur. Being able to spot them is important and essential to your being able to bluff, and may even help you avoid such tells yourself.
Tells are often a big part of a poker game. Whether done without notice or on purpose to trick opponents, they can often help you read what the other person is thinking, or wants you to believe they are thinking. Most of the time, however, tells are an obvious way for others to know what type of hand you are likely to have. Because of this, it is advisable to try to stop them from occurring.
Below is a list of tips and tricks to help you detect poker tells and body language and will let you know what you should avoid. By recognizing the poker tells of your opponents, you will learn to avoid doing them yourself.
The top poker players in the world know that body language is one of the most important aspects of winning the game. Knowing when one of your opponents is trying to bluff you and steel your chips can sometimes mean the difference between winning and losing. It is important that you understand which tells to avoid in order to successfully pull off your own bluff.
One of the most common tells is acting weak when you are strong, or acting strong when you are weak. For some reason, almost all players will do this at one time or another. The key to avoiding this is to mix it up and remember not to overdo it, so watch for this.
Breathe often. When making a big bluff, or when nervous, people often get caught up in the excitement of the moment and forget to do this. Doing so will give you away.
Eyes on the flop. Often times, when a player has a weak set of cards and you notice they are staring at the flop, they are usually attempting to figure out what outs they may have, or if it is possible for them to make a hand. When you see this occur, it usually indicates they have a weak hand. Try to avoid doing this yourself.
Though it may be impossible to stop every tell in your game, knowing the ones that are most likely to occur and how to avoid them will help you improve your game and how you play your hands. Also knowing when to “tell” on purpose so as to trick your opponents is important. The key is to pay close attention at all times. Try to learn the tells of your opponent and be careful not to pick up on their bad habits. Pay attention to any habits or gestures you might frequently use that could give you away. This could be crucial to your winning or losing the game. Remember, you are playing a game of chance, but increasing your skill can help improve your odds.