Ya, it could be, and partly I do it as an experiment to see if anyone even notices. That's partly why I do it, instead of looking at the card, I just stare at the players to observe them undistracted, and I have yet to even notice anyone notice me noticing them, or even just focus attention to what I'm doing in these spots(I wear sunglasses alot so I can just stare at people); they aren't even observing me, they are looking at their cards, or paying attention elsewhere. Another reason I do it is to avoid the tilt that happens when I realize I would've won if I had played that hand that I know I shouldn't have. I was fascinated by body language, and read about it and studied it even before I got into poker, and I am just incredulous when people say stuff like "tells are overrated". Like, say I'm UTG, I just peek at the corner index of the first card real quick, by the time the UTG+1 player gets his first card, my eyes are on him. I almost always try to get the corner seat, like the 2,3, 9,8 seats or as close as I can. That way, every player is in my field of vision without needing to turn my head, and I feel I win more when I sit at the corner seats, too(haven't done spreadsheets on it so could be some observational bias). When you sit across from the dealer, you can see the board easier, but if you look left the player on your right is out of sight. If you sit right by the dealer, the other player right by the dealer is out of sight, from the corners you can watch everyone, so you don't really even need to "look left", since the player(s) to your left is/are practically right in front of you.