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Doctor offering ‘Pokertox’ … a Botox injection to give card players a better poker face

Nov 21, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT


Why am I not a world champion poker player? When I get a good hand my face screws up like I’ve eaten a lemon, and my ears twitch uncontrollably. But now help is on the way, because a Manhattan doctor is now offering Botox injections to hide face tells, and make people better poker players.

Dr. Jack Berdy, an East Side doctor of aesthetic medicine, just launched the idea of using Botox to “allow people to gain a poker face’’ in a service he calls Pokertox.

“Very few people can maintain a real poker face,’’ said Berdy. “They have some ‘tells,’ some expression that gives away that they have a good hand or a bad hand’’ to an opponent. “We can inject Botox appropriately’’ so the other player doesn’t get the message that they’re angry, disappointed or happy.

Cost? An average $600 to $800 per treatment, says the doctor, which lasts three to four months. So to make this worth it, you could use Pokertox face for other things … like explaining to your wife why you were out until 4 a.m., coming home covered in lipstick and seaweed.

  1. cur68 - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    This is a mistake. So many people practice a poker face these days that the tell isn’t in the face. Its the set of the shoulders, sipping water, foot tapping, etc. In fact, a good way to hide a tell is to have a whole lot of them and use them constantly. Best method of all is not to care about the outcome. The guy who could care less, wins the most. He does nothing no matter what.