Why is everyone putting their hand on their shoulder while they play?

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Been seeing this for the past couple of years, especially in the Main Event broadcasts. Players taking an arm and crossing it over their body to rest/hold their opposite shoulder. Is this to protect against tells, is it because their arm is tired from playing 14 hour days? I don't get it?

Here's a pic I posted below to use as an example of what I'm talking about:

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I dunno why, but I have noticed I do it too quite often.
 

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Seriously I think there might be some unconscious body posturing here. Sort of like when someone crosses their arms when they want to shut themselves out of a conversation. This may be a subconscious attempt by the player to wall themselves off from the rest of the players.
 

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Did you just start doing it because you saw it on tv or had you been doing it long before that?

I have to admit:

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I've been doing this for a really long time now, as far back as I can remember playing. For me it started as a way to keep my hands from shaking when I was playing at a casino and I think now it's just habitual.
 

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i don't watch much if any televised poker, so i'm not sure i know exactly what you mean, but i did put my hand up to my opposite shoulder to get an idea when i read the post and realized that i do this on occasion in order to rest my chin on my arm without directly touching my hand(s) to my face. i do basically all i can to keep from touching my face with my hands in the casino since the typical sanitary condition is about two steps up from an ebola ward.
 

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I've noticed that many players do this or something similar (hand on neck). I think some players are trying to hide the pulse in their necks, others are just doing it for comfort/soothing.
 

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I dunno why they do it, but I think it looks pretty stupid.
 

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too funny.... but if you really want to tilt me, snag a pic of those all-white chips with different color spots (Trihonda's favorite set).

The shot he posted would make for an incredibly difficult 1000-pc jigsaw puzzle.

And here's mine

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FRAK! I forgot we got a tourney next night. Just started a tourney on P*. Oh well, I will get some sleep NEXT night then...
 

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I think it's more of a "if I do this every time then no one can get any physical tells on me" thing. Kind of like how Hellmuth does this in every hand:

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What tilts me is when people do this:

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I know, those Brazilians are the worst, running around wearing their flag and screeching BRAZIL, BRAZIL!

I'm going to play the WSOP-Europe events wearing an American flag and a garish America-themed outfit and chant USA! USA! like a jackass everytime I win at least 1.2 BB's.
 

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While waiting to get called, it might be easier to become statue-like still with something supporting your head or neck?
 

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I do this while reading and at work. I actually opened this thread while I was doing it. I don't think I do it playing poker though.
 

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There's no need to do it at the poker table when you can rest your chin on 6 racks of $1 chips.
 

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I believe this is my "normal" pose playing online. I'm supporting my weight in my standard bad posture pose leaving one hand free to mouse. I don't care about look or tells. Live, I do it less but still do it. I never noticed anyone mentioning it on TV until recently. It was either Norm and Lon on WSOP Main Event 2014 coverage and/or Joe Stapleton on EPT 10(?) coverage. If in fact it has become epidemic, I would suggest it could be due to online play carryover, or practicality. Practically speaking, there's some carotid covering going on (looks better than a scarf IMO) and it's a "closed" posture to indicate whatever a closed posture would indicate in the specific context when used.
 

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And here's mine

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Those are just so sexy in stacks....... ;)
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P.S. I catch myself doing that pose too, but not for any good reason.........
 
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