not worry if a pit boss camps at your table. In many
casinos this is the customary procedure at any table
with big bets. The only problem with having a pit
boss.assigned to your table is almost all dealer errors
will be caught.
new pit boss comes to relieve the old one, the exiting
pit boss generally tells the new one how much each
player has bought in for. If you think they are talking
about you, you are right, but fear not. The bosses
keep track of how much you buy in for and how many
chips you walk away with, but I have never seen the
information put to any use except to decide whether
to offer you a free meal.
Sometimes a boss will grab a handful of discards and
examine them. Sometimes the backs will be examined,
sometimes the fronts, and sometimes the sides. Generally
the boss is looking for marks. Maybe s/he is checking
to see if the cards have been used enough and should
be replaced. It is rare that a pit boss will examine
the discards to find the count.
is easier to control than most other physical displays.
Most of the time, a heaving chest means a big hand,
but this is just too easy to fake or control to put
much stock in without some history on your player.
Tells are a fascinating subject, but as knowledge
of common tells becomes more common, it becomes less
useful. The information remains valuable against relative
novices, but isn't particularly valuable against more
experienced players without empirical and player-specific
Televised poker is going to make it much easier to
pick up tells on players, because we're all going
to get to see faces and hole card simultaneously.
I can tell you from first-hand experience that players
are working on sending false tells to TV audiences.
When I knew prospective opponents might be studying
videotapes of me, I made quite sure I included some
meaningless repetitive motions.