If you are setting up a player account for online poker, you will probably have an opportunity to select an avatar. This may be an image of your own like the ones used on PokerStars, or it may be one of the pre-designed ones like FullTilt offers. Whatever the case may be, you might want to be careful about what you choose because most of the time, female avatars pay off in the end. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female – you should choose an avatar with feminine features. Here’s why…
Girl Power in Real Life
To easily put this concept into perspective, we’re going to use the example of the lovely and talented Jennifer Tilly. This actress turned poker pro has won a World Series of Poker bracelet and made millions in this profession. Despite Tilly’s strong skills as a poker player, we have to attribute a small portion of her winnings to her ability to «distract» some of the other players at the table with her…. um…naturally large «chip stacks.» That’s right – the boobs.
As much as it sucks to admit this, men have a tendency to go easy on women because they see them as delicate creatures, or they get excited when a little flirtation is thrown their way. Tilly may not intend to use this to her advantage in real life, but she certainly isn’t losing out because she’s nice to look at. You could apply that same theory to your poker avatar.
How to Get the Most of a Female Avatar
Here are some quick tips to ensure you get the most out of your female avatar: Pick a girly name to go along with it. People may go easier on «CutiePi314″ than «IWillKillYou229″. Pretend to be a girl in chat. If you get a chance to interact with other players in the chat system, use a lot of emoticons and girly phrases. If you don’t know any, just act dumb. This in no way implies that women are intellectually inferior to men. It’s just another way you can develop a character for yourself online.
Flirt with other players. If you notice a player that is blatantly a man, try to flirt with him a little bit. If you’re playing in a room that allows you to send «gifts» to that person, do so. If you can get him on your side, you might not get beat out on a hand you should have lost. Pick the most «gifted» avatar possible. The idea of «my eyes are up here» applies to online poker too. Even if you’re playing under an animated avatar, you’d be amazed b how many male players will get distracted by your virtual figure.
Disadvantages to Female Avatars
Of course, we have to show you the opposite end of this argument. If you choose a female avatar to play under, some players may think less of you as an opponent. They might talk about you in the chat system, or they may think any time you win, it’s a bad beat. You have to be able to get past that and play your best. Heck, you may even use it to your advantage and come out as the «underdog» with a victory. No one has to know that you’re a gifted player. You know that, and that is all that matters.
The next time you get an opportunity to choose an avatar for your online poker persona, think about selecting a female one instead. It may make all the difference in your success.