When you’re in the midst of a poker tournament, you might want to wear a mask or some gloves.
It’s the perfect time to do so, says Dr. John J. Zaltzman, the chairman of the medical board for the National Sports Medicine Association.
In a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), he found that, on average, the participants’ facial expressions, body posture and tone of voice were more affected by their poker performance than their poker results.
In other words, it takes a lot of poker to look as good as you would at your next game.
To help you avoid that pitfall, Zaltstein created an online poker tournament called Stick and Poke.
“It was a great idea,” he says.
“People were excited about the idea of being able to get out of their chairs and play and have a good time.”
What you need to know about poker face masks When you play poker, you’ll be faced with a lot, or a lot in some cases, of the same facial expressions.
This can be particularly bad when you’re looking to score a big win.
Zaxo, a professional poker player who uses the alias Mike “Mike” Pardo, says that when he played a tournament with friends, “most of the time it would be a few days before I could start thinking about what I had to do to make it a good match.”
In that moment, Pardo would look at his partner’s poker hand and make the comment, “You need to make a lot more money.”
“That’s when you can start making mistakes,” Pardo says.
The other problem is that when you win a tournament, the faces you use in your online games tend to change.
In some cases you might use your usual poker face for a poker face mask and in others, you may switch from a neutral mask to a face mask with a poker mask.
In this case, your poker face could look a lot different than the face you were playing with, so the mask will look different too.
“Face masks that mimic the poker face will look like they’re playing the game,” says Dr, Scott P. Hagen, a board-certified physician who heads up the medical education division of the Society for Neurological Surgeons.
“That doesn’t look very nice.”
For some players, face masks might be a good idea when you want to look better than you did the day before.
For others, though, they might not be a big deal.
“I think it’s a bit silly to wear them because they’re not going to be used much,” says Jason B. Davis, a licensed professional poker pro in California.
Davis and other professionals in this area of poker play, known as poker players, wear masks to help improve their poker game.
“There’s a lot less chance that you’re going to get hit with a facial mask than you are in other sports,” Davis says.
However, some poker players say they wear masks because they need them when they’re trying to improve their accuracy in a game, such as in a hand of poker.
In addition, some professional poker players are also concerned about how poker masks could affect their ability to see and hear what they’re doing on the table.
“If you can’t hear your partner, it’s very hard to play,” Davis explains.
“So if you’re not able to hear each other, it really limits your ability to play.”
It’s a concern for some professional gamblers, too.
One of the big reasons professional poker pros play online, says Hagen of the National Board of Medical Examiners, is to keep their opponents from being able a) seeing and hearing what they are doing on their cards or b) to tell them exactly what they need to do.
That’s because a player can’t tell his opponent what he’s doing without actually playing the hands, he says, and even then, the outcome of the hands will be determined by the opponent.
“This may not be something that you would necessarily want to be doing with your poker hands,” Hagen says.
But if you do want to avoid getting hit by a poker game mask, you can try to avoid looking like you’re struggling.
If you’re a professional, don’t look like you can throw your hands up and down, like a pro poker player.
Instead, try to look like the poker players who were in the tournament did.
That way, you’re more likely to win.
“You’re going for the big win, not the small win,” Davis warns.