On the contrary, "mind-reading" has become an important part of ELO
. A lot of people analyze how their opponents played so far and how much time they're taking and make decisions based on that. I find that high-level ELO
players take the timer into consideration in a big way when deciding how to react to a play. Sometimes an excessive wait is... simply a deliberate, if under-handed, way to make sure you're not giving any extra clues to your opponent!
Consider the following.
When you are attacking and you play FAST, you tell your opponent that you've already had your mind made up about the move you're going to make. In all likelihood a fast play is an all-in or an all-out move, not dictated by math.
When you play moderately fast (I think the average for this is about 25-35 seconds but I'm guessing a bit here) you tell your opponent that you took time to do some math. You've probably considered a couple of possibilities or at least the reaction you desire from your opponent, and either counted out the number of pills you need to win against a card that will block for up to X pills this round, or to 100% make sure you secure a win in some subsequent round.
When you play rrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaalllly slow you could be
-tabbing in and out of the game or otherwise distracted
-unsure about the move you're making
-trying to goad your opponent into thinking that you are NOT bluffing, as bluffs tend not to be 2-minute decisions