A New York doctor has introduced a Botox program for live poker players that is designed to eliminate facial tells that may reveal the strength of a player’s hand.
“Pokertox,” the brainchild of Dr. Jack Berdy, consists of cosmetic facial enhancements intended to permit a player to maintain a “poker face.” The concept was introduced one week ago, but no players have yet signed up for the procedure, the Huffington Post reported.
“Some people might get a card they like or don’t like and raise their eyebrows,” Berdy said. “If that’s the common reaction, we can put Botox in certain areas to minimize them.”
Other facial tells that can be worked on include eye motions such as squinting or certain mouth movements like curling one’s lips. A downside to Pokertox, other than the prohibitive cost of such procedures, is that the treatment lasts only three or four months.
Though spotting tells will always be part of live poker, some players believe that other factors pertaining to the game have become of greater importance in recent years.
“The game has moved on from bluffs, and is more analytical these days,” said poker pro Josh Hale. “Players might look at physical tells, but they are relying more on betting patterns and bet sizing.”