Has anyone played a game of poker online where all the players were required to have microphones and headphones? If so, how did you change your game based on what you heard or saw?
I don't know any client that supports that option, but it would give me an advantage. One of the key elements in poker is to observe your opponents.
If I would play in a game with headset and cam, I assume, I only would play on that one table. So I have more time to concentrate on the observation. Try to find out how my opponents react.
Are they getting chatty when they don't have good hands? Are they getting quiet when they do? If with camera: what ARE their faces telling me in certain situations?
Take notes or use a tool like Pokertracker. They have won with a made hand. What did his body language tell me? Did e folded a 3-bet? What did his body language tell me?
This is a pretty interesting gathering of thoughts on observation:
The Best Way to Study Players
Increasing levels of familiarity will help you with this task. That’s another way of saying that as you continue to watch your opponents, you’ll pick up things later on that you probably won’t see initially. So it’s best to look at the big-picture things first.
What’s obvious and available for all to see? When first sitting down at the table, look for skill signs and begin correlating your opponents’ play with the hands they turn up at showdown. You can easily do both at the same time.
Poker skill signs are easily found in live poker games. How comfortable is your opponent with the game, the speed of play, and the others at the table? Is he comfortable with his chips? Does he riffle them with an air of sureness and certainty that suggests he spends hours upon hours at the card table? Sure, there are poker players graced with manual dexterity who can riffle chips like a slight-of-hand artist and can’t play worth a damn – but there’s usually some correlation between these things and skill.
In some cases it may be very high. In others, not at all. But you have to start somewhere and if your opponent is at ease with the game’s mechanics, give him credit for being able to play, but be ever vigilant and willing to downgrade that rating based on information gathered later.
Long story short. Playing online poker with microphones and cameras would affect my play - other than the need to put on pants - with the given opportunity to gather more informations about my opponents and study their mind.
888 Poker offers a few tables ... but I didn t pay to much attention , because A: it is likely that they play other tables too ... so you can t really know if something you think is a tell really applys to your table . and B: I think you will see a lot of Fake Tells . I didn t enjoy playing there because most players had really bad soundquality or playing music in background ... so it gets really bad when you have background noises from 5 other players .