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How to Spot a Poker Tell
This article deals with poker tells: How to spot them and how to collect
useful information by reading them.
Tells are one of the most important aspects of poker. They are a big part
of the game and very important to get clues and hints about the cards that
your opponents hold.
A good poker player knows that the amount of money that his opponent bets
on has nothing to do with his cards and that in order to evaluate his
opponents situation he must spot tells.
A good experienced player can gather lots of information from tells. Tells
are signs that reveal information in many different ways, good players
know how to spot them and how to use the information that they revealed
for their own benefit.
Another important advantage of knowing how to pick up tells is the ability
to avoid giving away your own tells. If you know how common players reveal
information by tells you can try to look at yourself while playing and to
notice what kind of tells you give and by that to learn how to monitor and
There are many tells that experienced poker players can read. Tells are
very idiosyncratic so in order to know exactly how to read a player's tell
you have to play with the specific player for a long time. In the long run
you'll realize that you're familiar with your friend's tells and that you
can read them like an open book, but if you're playing against new
opponents in all sorts of
poker rooms, here are some of the things that you should look for.
The first thing that you have to look at is the eyes. If you'll watch
professional poker tournaments you'll notice that many poker pros are
playing with sunglasses or visors. This is because the eyes can reveal
lots of information about one's cards.
Take a good look at your opponent's eyes, learn how he reacts to different
situations and you'll now how to read his tells.
You can also learn a lot from the facial expression on your opponents'
face. You can tell if a player is nervous or eager if he has specific
facial expressions or 'tics' and you can look for specific smiles or
concern if the hands are good or bad.
Look for certain body gestures that can hint on a specific hand. Look for
signs of anxiety or distress. There are stimulus responses that even the
most experienced players cannot hide, so try to look for those physical
changes and to study how the other players respond to different
Try to look for eye pupil dilations, signs of dry throat, sweat, trembling
hands and flexing of muscles and changes in the body gestures.
Other things that you have to look for are a repetitive glance at the
player's chips which might indicate a subconscious reaction to different
situations at the poker table. Another thing is that you have to look for
is the way the players stack their chips. If you notice a different
pattern of stacking it might indicate that the player is under pressure or
eager to make his move and win the hand.
There are many different tells that can indicate different reactions to
situations at the poker table, but you must remember that you cannot count
only on tells and you should use other poker strategies if you want to be
a better player. Tells can provide valuable information, but serious
players know that this is not enough for the game.
About the Author
Jack Reider is writing his PHD on Caesar and Augustus, but also
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