While it is always very good to have your game making opponents wonder what you have, I’m not talking about that kind of suspense. I first heard of this way of looking at your hole cards from Daniel Negraneu.
Now while I have dealt for Negraneu in a charity event (different story) I never had to chance to talk to him directly (though I did watch him walk over an entire final table and win the event, haha). In Daniel’s blog he briefly discussed how he looks at his hole cards to make it more suspensful.
You will notice if you look at a deck of cards you can put the cards into different catagories based on how many markings are on the side of the card. For example: Aces, dueces, and threes all have no markings on the outer edges. So to peek at the cards cover the upper left corner with your thumb (so you can’t see what it is, obviously!) and first see if you can see any markings (diamonds, spades, clubs, or hearts) on the outer edge. Here is how it breaks down:
0: Ace, duece, or three
2: Four or Five
3: Six, Seven, or Eight
4: Nine or Ten
Line: Face card
So when you peek at your cards one by one and you see a line and a card with no outer markings you know you have Paint plus an ace, two, or three … how suspensful is that!
Anyway it’s just a thing I like to do sometimes to get through the monotony of live tournament play, and imagine how exciting it is to have two cards with no outer markings to find AA, wahoo! Good luck!