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Best ways to Look like A "VIP" in a new casino

JKHJKH Posts: 837Subscriber
edited December 2016 in NLHE Strategy Discussion
Ok maybe a little humour to this post but I am traveling to play this coming weekend and when playing NL cash I don't wanna look like a guy with 15 years experience with this game, so here are things I am thinking about doing.
1).Where a collared shirt with cuff links, and be dressed up
2). Bring and use a special chip marker
3). Don't handle my chips

Strategy adjustments include
1). After I am winning and have a good image I plan on opening up a little selectively too run big bluffs on good players

Any thoughts/comments


  • BananaStandBananaStand Posts: 1,455Troll
    I don't know man. To be honest, it sounds a little corny. I mean, why not just be yourself? Unless you're a trained, experienced actor, I don't think it's wise to start cultivating a phony facade.

    Dressing flashy is definitely going to draw attention to yourself, which means you're little roleplay is going to be under as much scrutiny as possible. Are you sure you won't break character for the entire session?

    Personally, I'd rather be invisible.
  • JKHJKH Posts: 837Subscriber
    edited December 2016
    I am not acting I am just trying to not look like someone who knows what they are doing.There is no character to break.
    The post could also be called what are subtle ways u know a VIP is a VIP before u see him play.
  • TastesLikeBurningTastesLikeBurning Posts: 429Subscriber, Professional
    I like dressing up a bit (jacket & buttoned shirt) because it makes me feel good and it gets me in a good frame of mind to play. It just so happens that's part of the VIP look. I happen to act like a donk at the table anyway because I'm generally an outgoing person who likes to find out about others and tell jokes.

    That said, I'm with Banana - be yourself. Nothing worse than being a phony. It shows right through.
  • Dragon-AshDragon-Ash Posts: 203Subscriber
    There's a guy I know that is a fairly good, savvy player. But he makes a great show of being a splashy, gambool-y guy the first 15-20 minutes, trying to double or triple straddle, making blind bets on any street, over-betting the pot in limped pots, etc. And man, does it loosen up the table - and now everyone is going crazy trying to get in pots with the 'crazy maniac spewing money', playing all sorts of junk - it's only when you take a step back that you realize that he stopped doing the crazy stuff well over an hour ago, and now every time he's made a 'maniac' move like 3-betting or 4-betting, or making some huge over-pot bet and gotten called, he's had the goods.

    I suspect it'd be easier to pretend to be a bluffy maniac for 15 minutes or so, then play your normal game, than it would be to try and pretend you're inexperienced for a whole evening..

    That said - and I speak from experience here - dressing up in a suit and tie is absolutely going to do wonders for your image. People at the tables - even some regs - generally view me as way tighter than I actually play (and yes, I exploit that to the max).

  • JKHJKH Posts: 837Subscriber
    edited December 2016
    I like being viewed as not cable of big bluffs and tighter than I am I find it makes for lower variance sessions, I have done the crazy guy image lots but then a person has to get the big hand and make it stand up.... Has a fair bit of variance with that image , also with that image I can sometimes level myself out of making profitable bluffs
  • JamesSuhJamesSuh Posts: 320Subscriber
    edited December 2016
    This worked for me in Vegas! photo.php?fbid=10151272183693931&set=a.10150484929083931.363190.505618930&type=3&theater
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  • JamesSuhJamesSuh Posts: 320Subscriber
  • JKHJKH Posts: 837Subscriber
    edited December 2016
  • 4barrell4barrell Posts: 13Member
    JamesSuh wrote: »

    please tell me that is you in seat 5....like a boss
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  • 4barrell4barrell Posts: 13Member
    Formal/nice dress is good for 3 reasons (I can immeditaly , and I'd suggest packing a suit/no tie for the following reasons:

    1. dress good = feel good = play good

    2. nice dress looks like tourist, willing to spend and lose $$

    3. dressed to impress at club / bar if you need a change of pace

    ...none of this requires any acting...that being said I tend to act a bit at the table regardless

  • pokertimepokertime Posts: 2,194Subscriber
    I love the chip marker! VIP for sure.

    I think your on the right track. Kind of sounds fun.

  • iamalliniamallin Posts: 1,173Subscriber, Professional
    1. Suit up.
    2. Tip big.
    3. Don't take too long to make your decisions.
    4. Always say nice hand after you lose a pot.
    5. Never let it on that you are capable of making big folds. Fold quietly and quickly. Don't agonize.
    6. Do some sports betting or side gambling during the game. Neutral ev gambling like red black.
    7. Announce your hand if you get called on the river instead of tabling it quietly like a 22 year old Internet wiz kid
    8. Never discuss any strategy whatsoever.
    9. Tell stories of monies you've made and honies you've slayed.
    10. Drink if you can handle it.
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  • pokertimepokertime Posts: 2,194Subscriber
    11. Tap the table twice when you say "nice hand"
  • MasonIsAClownMasonIsAClown Posts: 102Subscriber, Professional
    I think never discuss strategy isn't necessary, because recs talk strategy a lot or at least talk about the hands a lot Just discuss it in a way recreational players do (when you are engaged), leave out important details, mention gut feelings etc.
  • pokertimepokertime Posts: 2,194Subscriber
    I think never discuss strategy isn't necessary, because recs talk strategy a lot or at least talk about the hands a lot Just discuss it in a way recreational players do (when you are engaged), leave out important details, mention gut feelings etc.

    The key is discuss strategy like a rec player. "I had to find out where I was at...."
  • chilidogchilidog Posts: 2,427Subscriber
    edited December 2016
    "I just didn't think he had that time"

    Also : bet like 1/10 pot early in your session
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  • workinghardworkinghard Posts: 1,573Subscriber
    first hand you play, wait to look until it's folded to you. then declare "if i have good cards, i'm shoving." look at your cards and go all in with anything you have. almost certainly, everyone will fold. then proudly show whatever you shoved with. everyone will remember that and think you're capable of anything.
  • chilidogchilidog Posts: 2,427Subscriber
    I had this idea to actually go goth-ish for a wsop trip to Vegas about 7-8 years ago. I was gonna paint my nails black, spike up my hair, wear some braclets and/or other jewelry, black ripped T, etc. never followed thru with it tho. It would take some discipline to not handle chips in an expert looking way plus I'm not sure it would have gained me more edge as compared with the amount I would feel uncomfortable / out of place.
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  • JamesSuhJamesSuh Posts: 320Subscriber
    Yup that's me with the shades and headphones lol
  • RogerHardyRogerHardy Posts: 794Subscriber
    JamesSuh wrote: »
    Yup that's me with the shades and headphones lol

    Tell me thats your girlfriend in seat 6 and i will really be impressed. :wink:
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