Originally Posted by pfapfap
A friend of mine likes to protect his cards with the "finger cage" around them. This is a popular method, I'm sure you've seen it. I maintain that it makes the cards difficult to see from all angles, and that it's often a factor in players getting skipped. At the very least, it adds time to the scan of the table that players and dealers do in order to verify who's in the hand. He's of the opinion that I'm full of beans.
I believe I am said friend, however I’m not sure I can accept the “full of beans” quote. I demand a retraction immediately!
I started doing this as more a consistent way act and set myself as the cards come out and minimize potential for throwing any sort of tell on my intended action. I receive the cards as they are dealt – cage - then watch the other players act. When the action gets to me I can quickly transition to looking at my cards and, however in general that’s where it ends. If I continue to play on preflop, I’ll normally cap or tuck my cards in front of my stack and reach for chips and play on, from that point the cage is not in play.
While I can see his argument from a dealer perspective, IMO any competent dealer will know I have cards – especially after I’ve established the same routine hand after hand and I do try to make the cage as open as possible. Also, it protects yourself from having a hand accidentally swept into the muck when in seat 9 (although consistently capping your cards SHOULD have the same effect).
Anyway, I believe the original exchange was at a homegame and went something like this:
L0QTiS: <sets, cages cards>
PFAPFAP: you shouldn’t do that
PFAPFAP: cage your cards, your obscuring the cards from the dealer and the rest of the table
PFAPFAP: No, seriously…
L0QTiS: <looks at cards, open folds Q7s in CO>
L0QTiS: Really? I’ve been doing this for a while and nobody ever mentioned it but U
L0QTiS: U Mad?