Welcome to another edition of this series. This week I want to talk about some of the gestures made by players in competitive play. Sometimes you see these things and wonder if the person has AD/HD or are they just retarded.
There are several factors that come into play here as well as many small things not everyone notices.
Hand Shuffling: This is the most common and to some the most annoying thing that players of all skill levels perform. The rapid card snapping noise combined with the repeated action is usually done as a player thinks out his play or in aggravation to a turn of events during the game. All in all, the motion is less nervous tick and more acquired taste. Because, let's face it, noone does this when they are playing Uno or Rummy.
Graveyard Slide: This stylized motion is used to fan out the contents of the graveyard to see what's in there. People also use the slide to fan out their hand. It's a cool little trick that takes a bit of practice to do it well. The problem arises when a person fans their grave REPEATEDLY in a single turn, while checking and rechecking their facedowns, while hand shuffling. This in my opinion is a sign that the person has the memory of a Goldfish.
Unfortunately, my time is short toaday, so I will have to check back in a few days to continue the list.
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