Behind The Scenes

Sport Science: Show and tell

In the game of poker, it’s not just about the cards.

It’s also how you handle the pressure.

And when it comes to the World Series of Poker Main Event, there is no brighter spotlight than sitting at the table with the coveted bracelet and potentially millions of dollars in prize money on the line.

To break down the science of the poker tell, here’s a video from Sport Science that will be part of ESPN’s WSOP poker coverage.

Using heart monitors, a polygraph and other equipment, John Brenkus and company measure the fluctuations in breathing rate, pulse, heart rate and pupil dilation of poker pros David Oppenheim and Ali Eslami.

The video also sheds light on why so many poker players wear sunglasses at the table.


Editor’s Note: ESPN’s 2011 World Series of Poker coverage continues Tuesday with the first two hours of Main Event telecasts beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Player of the Year candidate Ben Lamb is the chip leader, competing against the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jean-Robert Bellande and Robert Varkonyi, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. WSOP Main Event shows continue every Tuesday on ESPN until the November Nine final table on Nov. 8.

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