Where it ends up.
I host a small 1-2nl game, several times weekly. I employ three dealers, but on occasion, I will sit in the box myself, though I much prefer to play. I have become familiar with the styles of play and betting patterns of several of my regulars while playing against them. However, when I'm dealing, I can predict with upwards of 85% accuracy where the pot is going to go after the flop, barring some miraculous turn or river. Better said, I know, almost to a certainty, who has the best hand on the flop, who is drawing, and who missed. I've tested this on a couple of occasions, keeping mental notes as to the accuracy of my predictions, and the results were surprising. Now, when I'm not in the box, and am playing, this accuracy decreases markedly. The clarity with which I "see" the cards or the players is somehow confounded when I've got chips on the table, or am involved in a hand. I've thought about this for sometime, and have come up with several confounding variables that could explain this phenomenon, but I was hoping for some advice/suggestions as to how to recapture that certain disconnect and clarity that I have while dealing, and then try to incorporate it into my play, and capitalize. Little obscure subject, I'm sure, but I'm new here. Thanks for your help.