Ever noticed that most of the world’s best poker players are the quietest ones? It’s not a coincidence.
Withdrawing and withholding information from your opponents is the key to poker, right? Well, if you follow through with this line of logic, then it makes sense to be as quiet and as passive at the tables as possible.
The simple fact of the matter is that the more chatter you give, the more likely you are to inadvertently give away information about your hand. It may not be what you say that gives away information (the things said at a poker table are generally the same sort of thing: ‘what have you got/will you show if I fold? etc) but the way that you say it. Advanced players can pick up any intonation and inflection in your voice and deduce whether you are strong or weak. So why give them any help with their attempts to read you?
Make no mistake; there is no obligation to make any noise when you sit down at a poker table.
Some players, perhaps those who are more inclined to Play Fruit Machines than anything else, will try to coerce information out of you by starting a non-poker related discussion and then steer you towards poker. Don’t be duped! It’s a ploy to get you chatting about strategy and game play. Just be on the ball and make your opponents work as hard as possible to get any information out of you.