Derren Brown Proves You Can Even Turn Your Granny into a Poker Ace

Poker is a game that everyone can enjoy, be it at home in a friendly game among friends or online for fake or even real money, but how many people enter into a real, high stakes professional poker game with a vision to actually win? With the help of Derren Brown, a pensioner named Ann did just that!

With no real prior knowledge of poker, and only limited exposure to card games such as gin rummy, Ann was taught firstly the rules of poker, winning hands, odds etc and was also taught body language skills to try to tell what card an opponent is holding. By looking for tells, and remembering the rule whereby players with a weak hand will try to appear strong, and vice versa, Derren teaches Ann the skill to read amplifiers given off unconsciously by other players.

By remaining calm and relaxed, Ann develops newly amplified intuition, enabling her to better read her opponents, and look for weakness that may give her the edge.With lessons in body language and a week to polish skills, Ann is entered into a professional poker match against five of the best UK professional poker players:

Although Ann came second in this contest, it just goes to show that, given proper training anyone can play against the big boys. Now, not everyone has someone like Derren Brown to give them the winning edge, but given some study application of poker principles, you can dramatically improve your chances of success. And what better way of practicing your new skills than by joining a free table online or entering into a freeroll tournament before getting down to a real money game.Don’t forget when you’re ready to play for real money, you can make great savings by signing up for rakeback deals with Rake the Rake.

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  • PokerCoach wrote

    I coach similar students to the wonderful Ann.

    And by the way, Kudos and Congratulations to you and your coach, Ann!

    Derran’s wise counsel provided you the insight to the true key to success in this game, which is . . . you do not actually play the cards, but play the player.

    The foundation of my coaching comes from Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War and Strategic Thinking. You obviously need to know how to play the game of poker and comprehend the tournament structure, but fundamentally it is all about risk management. And the major part of managing your resources is to know who and when to risk those resourses against.

    One of the first things I tell my clients/students is to look forward to the opportunity to throw away a hand. That “no play” is actually a play. Instead of watching the bar-girls, the big-screens or BSing with neighbors, that they should be looking at playing less than 5%-7% of the hands dealt to them (at least in the initial stages of the tournament).

    The general responses are ones of doubt and dismay. “I’d be bored to tears,” or “How can you win if you don’t play?”.

    However, the very advise that Derren gave you, to examine players for “tells” is what you do in that 93%-95% of the time at the table you’re not in hands. You’re going to school on those that ARE in the hands.

    Don’t be obvious, but pick one and be observant as to simple signs that they like or don’t like their cards, the board, the moves of other players . . . anything you can measure. There are some biological things they simply can not control. Then, as Derren suggested, take note of when they may be “acting”. That is, suggesting “strength” when they are most likely “weak” and vice-versa. Also, this is the best time to generally categorize a player. That is, place them on your scale or level of proficiency. That can be a simple 1-2-3-4 grading system.

    Now pick a different player each time. Keep a notebook in your head. It may sound complicated, but it will all fall into place. General impressions at first, but when it comes time for you to play this player or that player in a show-down it will come back when they exhibit the “tell” you observed earlier and you make the perfect lay-down saving yourself from disaster; or you make the perfect read of a bluff and eliminate another opponent on your way to the final table.

    They may as well be showing you their cards.

    Again, well done . . . the both of you.

    H. Lee Travis

    Warrior Class Coaching

  • poker rakeback wrote

    In this game it is not about winning unless until it is professional.Professional players always aims victories.They want victories to be by their side every day.

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