Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thought on Tells

When playing poker face to face you should use different skills than you would to win on-line. Physical tells can give you insight into your opponent's hand. Here are some things to look for:

  • Shaking hands or a flush face usually come from the adrenaline caused by a player's excitement about a strong hand. Don't assume shaking means nervousness, often the player is quite confident they will win.

  • Your opponent will likely cover his cards  with his hand or look back at them more than once. This is a subconscious action in line with the desire to protect what one considers valuable. Keep in mind that you are looking for anything out of the ordinary. If he always covers his card in the same way, it means nothing.

  • Disinterest and drawing attention away from the game is often an act to disguise a big hand.

  • A player with a weak hand, hoping to bluff, may throw his chips into the pot aggressively and make a point for direct eye contact with the player thinking about the call. Often acting strong equals weak and acting weak equals strong.


It is also important to note that if you are up against an inexperienced (or drunk) player, the tells will be less reliable. This is because tells don't really give you information about your opponent's hand, only about how you opponent perceives the strength of his hand. If the hand is misread, you will be mistold.

Mistold is a new word copyright HellsColdDay 2008.

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