I know this has come up many times before, but I feel I need an update based on my play yesterday.
Background: winning recreational player at the 2-5 level. Finally got a new day job, so my head is much more into the game now than it has been.
Yesterday I played really well. Was very focused, and was able to pick up on "live tells"/"live betting patterns" to really get into some V's heads, and make plays based on what I thought they were thinking vs even caring about my 2 cards. Listening to Bart's podcasts daily for the last 3 years has certainly helped a ton.
So the game yesterday was your standard rec filled guys looking to have a good time. I'm normally good at table chatter to keep the mood upbeat, but one thing people like to ask when I've raised them out of the pot, is "did you have it? AA right? KK?" etc. And by not answering, I kind of felt like I'm "that guy" at the table, kinda being a dick. I wasn't giving any answers at all, wasn't being mean, just didn't say anything, whether I had it or I was bluffing (which I mixed up pretty well).
By doing that I did feel the mood of the table change slightly downward; but I think it was more than offset by helping me keep my focus, and keep the V's guessing.
So the age old question is, what do you guys do? Any stock answers to deal with it in a light fashion? Just keep quiet? Just answer all questions with " 7 2 off?" Make up a random hand every time? Just proclaim the nuts every time?
All thoughts appreciated.