The Science of Deduction in Poker

Science of Poker Deduction

The title sounds like some theory of mathematics or logic.  Now, Sherlock Holmes lovers must have caught my lesson steal right away. So I am hooked onto this master piece of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, whatever I indulge in now-a-days gives me a “take home” on Poker 🙂

And so, I landed on this chapter: “The Science of Deduction” thingy! It applies the eccentric Holmes funda to read a person inside out like a book.

He says, and I quote, “Let him (man) on meeting a fellow mortal; learn at a glance to distinguish the history of the man, and the trade or profession to which he belongs. Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation, and teaches one where to look and what to look for. By a man’s fingernails, by his coat sleeve, by his boots, by his trousers, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression: by each of these things a man’s calling is plainly revealed”

I wondered. This knack was so relevant to the poker table! To observe, just observe closely and characterize the poker tells of my opponents. The way the cards are held, a cough, an itch, a twitch, a breath; just meticulously observing these movements and deducing the tilt of the game would be such a skill to acquire. And yes I wrote acquire. It is easier said than done.

After all, this is just one of the components of the entire gaming experience. Nobody wants to give away their own game while focusing excessively on the traits of others. Nevertheless, a lesson well learnt from the genius of Holmes.

Coupled with my odds calculation, intuition and own bluffing abilities, this science of deduction would definitely make me more confident of “deducing” my poker payroll, is what I figure!


Trish Kunath

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  1. Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my website something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my website?

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