Obviously, I do not feel as if Asians are nitwits. Many of the very best players in the world are Asian. At lower limits, some of the most exciting players are also Asian. So why do I include a section in this book lumping such a vast array of cultures into one group?

The answer is that Asians have something to teach other people! Many Asian cultures look upon gambling with much more benevolence than many Western cultures. Asians widely accept, and often view, gambling as a terrific recreational activity. Therefore, the inherent negative feelings that many Westerners feel about betting, and losing money, do not exist for Asians.

As I mentioned earlier, much of the intuitive information we garner from our opponents is due to their lack of ability to hide their feelings completely. If a person does not have any negative feelings, then there is nothing to hide! It can be difficult to get a `read’ on a person that does not experience any underlying emotion as events unfold.

Your goal, then, is to emulate this lack of emotion. If you can feel nothing as a hand develops, you too will be harder for opponents to read. This may be difficult to train yourself to do, as you likely have lived a fair number of years feeling that money has intrinsic value and is important to satisfy your basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and security.

It takes work. You must have a constant awareness that you may have these feelings. It is not enough just to repress the feelings; you must learn not to have them. One way to help this process is to have a large bankroll so you do not play with `scared money’. Another method is to focus on the strategies and tactics of the game itself.

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