On a televised poker tourney I saw the other day, pro Danny “Win” Nguyen said that he knows what his opponents are holding. How? Because when he came to the US, he started off as a poker dealer. He’s watched “tells” long enough to be able to interpret them. I’ve watched Nguyen play in a few tourneys, and he is rather gutsy at times, and does seem to have some insight into his opponents hands.
Nguyen himself has a stone face to nearly rival Doyle “Dolly” Brunson and Howard “Tahoe” Andrew. I suppose if you can read players, you don’t want to be transmitting what you know yourself. Nguyen does put on the shades sometimes, so I suppose he’s still developing his poker face. BTW, Nguyen won the tourney, up against a surprising lot of youngsters.
This post by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG alumni) is from last week, but the information is still releveant. My interpretation: poker is enjoying a great deal of media attention and celebrity fame. As a result, there are scumbags taking advantage of this and robbing people in casino parking lots – or at least one casino in particular. Funny, I’d always thought casinos were pretty good with security, but maybe I’ve been watching too much of the oh so sexy crew of the TV show Las Vegas.
A bit of trivia: the IMDB indicates that there are over 110 movies or TV shows that have Las Vegas in the …