I was in a Texas Hold ’em cash game with about 6 other people and I had won 7 straight hands – three of them on the bluff. On the eighth hand I was caught in a really bad bluff. I lost 20% of my chips.
The next thing I did was ask, “OK, what’s my tell? Seven hands I had the top cards and I try a bluff and you see it?”
Nobody said anything, but they were suddenly all wondering if this guy who beat me had seen something. So I started changing slight facial expressions and moving my chips differently. People were looking for tells, and I was giving them to them.
Two hands later I had doubled-up and later I ended the night the big chip winner.
All I did was disrupt their rhythm.
Disrupting rhythm can be a very powerful thing.