What is ‘Window Dressing’?
Window dressing means to purposely flash a card from your own ‘hand’ so that another player may see it during a casino game. The term originally comes from the financial world, where it refers to companies or specific employees making figures look better than they actually are. In both financing and poker, it’s a dishonest tactic designed to mislead others.
‘Window Dressing’ Explained
The aim of window dressing it to make the act of flashing the card (or cards) look totally accidental. This can be done in an array of ways, including:
– Accidentally dropping the indented card, face up.
– Turning to check something or grab an object, slyly revealing a single card while they’re still in your hand.
– Bending the intended card with your thumb.
– Walking away from the table with cards in hand, dropping them to your side while you innocently fetch a drink.
There is no end to the ways you can creatively do this. It can be a deceptive form of sleight of hand.
One of the key advantages of window dressing is the exact opposite of the reason financial businesses would be doing it. If you were to flash a card of low worth (for example, a two of hearts), an ill-experienced target may think that your hand lacks cards of any great power. At this point, such a poor player will feel the confidence to raise, only for you to lay out a flush of a two, three, four, five and six come ‘calling’ time.
At the other end of the scale, if you were to flash an ace at a weak player then there’s a chance that you could scare them off quickly, saving time and money.