Listed below you will find some common poker tells. Some of these are great poker tells that will help you win at poker on a regular basis. Others are easy poker tells that are mostly common sense. Reading poker tells is a "must do" in the game of poker. It's 100% necessary when playing live online poker in a real poker room and you'll be surprised that some online poker tells can even be picked up by the ultra observant poker player. We hope you enjoy'em and are able to put on your best poker face!
Watch other players eyes - This is absolutely the most important
poker tell. People's eyes give them away. You'll find many astute
poker players wearing dark sunglasses to avoid people from reading
Facial Expressions - Good hands may create you to look confident
and conversely a poor hand may cause you to look stressed or give
away the fact that your holding a bad hand. One of the strongest
Bold/Assertive/Lack of Interest - All may describe a player
putting on an act to display that he has a good or bad hand when
he actually has the opposite. This can obviously run confusing but
if you see a player acting in this behavior, watch the outcome of
his hands while he's doing this and he may be able to be easily
figured out once you've done so.
Anxious Behavior - When a player is holding a hand and becomes
anxious, changes in the body may happen. These physical changes
include flexing of muscles, eye-pupil dilation, a palpatating heart
rate, or dry throat. Trembling hands may also be a sign and a bad
one. This may denote the player is sitting on a fat hand. (Assuming
he's not all in) On the flip side, an overly anxious player may
be bluffing. It's important to watch the behavior of your fellow
players for as long as possible to see what kind of behavior their
displaying on a regular basis. Many aren't sharp enough to flop
back and forth. Many are consistent in what they do whether it's
a bluff style player or a strong hand player.
Deliberation - (Pertains more to online poker) A weak player
who is thinking generally has a weaker hand and is debating whether
to cal or not.
The Player's Stack of Chips - If you find a player shooting
an immediate look at his chips or diving into them for a quick raise
after he's viewed his hand, this player may be planning his raise
which may denote the player has a good hand.
Consistency in Betting Behavior - Some players will display
the same behavior with checking, calling, raising, in certain situations.
Identify his final hand whenever possible to determine his style
of play. If you can force him to fold even a few times during the
night when he mabye otherwise wouldn't have, this can equate into
Body Posture -This is probably the second most important
factor when it comes to poker tells. It's human nature for a person
to hang low when playing poorly or having been dealt a bad hand
or sitting straight up at attention when he/she has a solid hand.
We feel this is easy pickin's in low dollar poker rooms.
Tossing Chips into the Pot - The player is likely acting
assured to mask a weak hand. The player wants his opponents to think
that he's so confident of winning the hand that he's prepared to
call or raise any bet.
Guarding Cards - People protect what they perceive to be
valuable right? A player may subconsciously look like he's guarding
his hole cards which could be a bad sign for you unless your holding
a strong hand.
The Overly Non-Threatening Look - Many like to avoid eye
contact and look non threatening when they have a good hand. A sure
More good articles on poker tells:
Truth and Fiction Through Tells - Howard Lederer goes in depth to shed light on poker tells.
Top 10 Poker Tells by cardshark Don Lewis
In this next article, Don talks about Stereotyping Opponents when you have nothing else to go on.
We hope you have enjoyed our page on poker tells. All in all, if you play common sense poker there's a good chance that your going to cover most of the above listed poker tells. Good luck in your poker action!