When playing poker, don't look at the players' faces for clues. The experienced poker player's face will not show any signs of a 'good hand' or a 'bad hand.' That stealthy facial smirk could mean either a winning hand or a good bluff.
But the clues are still there in the body language though, just not in the face.
Instead of looking at their faces, keep an eye on their arms. New research suggests the professional poker players' arms hold the secrets to a good hand or a bad hand. The researchers found the arm movements of professional poker players were more predictable of either good cards or bad cards than the clues given by the poker face.
When the poker players moved their arms to push the chips forward to place a bet, the ones holding good cards had smoother arm movements. In contrast, the 'bluffers' had awkward arm movements when they pushed the chips forward.
The more graceful the poker player is in pushing the chips forward, the higher the probability that player is holding good cards.
Therefore, until the professional poker players learn how to control their arm movements, never mind the poker face. Watch how smooth their arms are when they push the chips forward.
The findings were published September 12, 2013 in Psychological Science.
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