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- Chris Moneymaker getting a live read on Chris Oliver
- Phil Ivey talks about poker tells
- Reading Poker Tells e-book now available
- I'm interviewed on Badugi Allstars poker podcast
- More poker tells in Rounders (besides KGB's Oreo)
- Trying to influence villain to call or fold (false tells)
- Betting motion behaviors in limit
- Poker tells in limit hold'em: A critique of my book by Philip Newall
- Loose hand movements associated with high hand strength
- 2011 WSOP: Martin Staszko's (Possible) Poker Tells
- Watching the players directly to your left
- Another example of Pius Heinz avoiding eye contact with a big hand
- Poker tells at 2011 WSOP Final Table: Pius Heinz' eye-contact tell
- Situations where poker tells are most important
- "Disclaimers": a category for some common verbal statements in poker
- Self-delusion and overconfidence in poker
- A tricky player with a rather unique betting motion tell
- Looking down quickly when betting a weak hand
- Limit players who make it obvious they’re calling your bet
- Gambler's Fallacy and why not to show opponents AA or KK
- Gambler's Fallacy in poker. Defensive chip handling tell.
- A hand using poker tells - an introduction to the book
- Decision fatigue in poker
- Most ridiculous poker hand ever televised
- Great live poker advice from Limon
- Immediate calls and raises, and talking a lot after betting
- Bluffing and hand tension
- Pre-flop looking-at-hole-cards tell
- "Sick Call" Kenny vs. guy with good hand
- Some tells in a $5-10 no-limit game
- Phil Galfond and some great thoughts on poker
- Looking down when betting. Studying body posture.
- Best strategy for playing a limit game with a kill
- A forceful bet on the river and fake aggravation
- Pushing/throwing chips into the pot
- Betting movement tells - betting forcefully vs. betting gently
- Direct eye contact after betting and what it usually means
- Freeze-up bluff tell in $30-60 Limit Hold'em hand
- Facial expressions of strength and weakness
- Checking quickly vs. taking a long time to check
- Limit player who holds chips defensively
- Jeremy Sisto and some pre-flop tells meaning strength
- Acting weak when strong, starring Matt Damon
- Hole card tells in Guts games and 5-Card Draw
- Jamie Gold, lies, and ambiguous statements
- Most useful tells in limit poker
- Threatening-to-turn-cards-over tell
- Kido Pham vs Doug Lee: verbal trickery and making speeches
- Staring at hole cards usually means a weak hand
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Category Archives: Poker Strategy
More analysis of factors that might influence immediate calls in No Limit Hold’em poker.
A theory about snap-calling and what it is most likely to mean.
Phil Ivey recently did an interview with Nolan Dalla where he said he thinks a lot about the facial expressions of his poker opponents.
A critique by Philip Newall (author of The Intelligent Poker Player) of my book. His critique went into uses of tells when you’re getting really good prices on calling, as in fixed limit.
Some thoughts on watching the players directly to your left. Not only can you get some last-minute tells from them regarding their actions, they are the players who pose the biggest threats to you.
Thoughts on the most common situations where tells are likely to be useful; mainly in those spots where a significant bet is being made, and a player knows whether or not he wants a call or a fold. So, basically, there aren’t most tells in the large majority of spots.
Thoughts on self-delusion and overconfidence in poker and how easy it is to over-rate your own skill.
Some thoughts on a limit player who had a reliable tell of looking down at his chips for a second when he was betting with a vulnerable hand.
Knowing how to categorize and remember the behavioral information you see at the table is the hardest thing to do. It’s impossible to absorb all information, so you need to figure out the easiest way to absorb the most important information. I give some thoughts on that.
Analysis of a hand on the Pokerstars Big Game show where Joe Hachem tries to bluff an amateur off flopped quad Jacks. I think the amateur gave off some tells of strength.
Continuing to talk about the Gambler’s Fallacy, and how it relates to poker. In this case, players are (mistakenly) less likely to give you credit for a big starting hand if you’ve recently shown AA or KK, so I don’t like to show these cards if I can help it.
The Gambler’s Fallacy is when you think past events influence events, even though they are not linked in any way. I talk about its relevance in poker. I also talk about a specific player’s tell of defensively handling his chips when facing a possible bet, and how this usually means weakness.
My planned introduction to the book, where I picked a hand I played where tells played a big part. I was trying to get feedback on the hand from a fundamental theory perspective on the twoplustwo forums, and there’s a link to that discussion.
Talking about the twoplustwo thread by “Limon”, a professional poker player who lives in LA, and the stuff he shares about
Just venting a bit about how my limit game has sucked lately. Fancy play syndrome, not aggressive enough, etc.
Analyzing a Pokerstars Big Game hand with Negreanu turning the nut straight and an amateur rivering the nut full house. I analyze the immediate calls and raises of the amateur, and his excessive talk on the river.
Strategy-related post, just talking about a leak I’ve noticed in myself of not wanting to bet high pair hands into aggressive players.
Just some thoughts on some stupid leaks in my limit game, mostly stuff I technically know but for some reason am not doing.
Some thoughts on how awesome Phil Galfond is.
In a kill game, you are essentially punished for winning two pots in a row by having to pay the mandatory kill. So you should play tighter after winning a hand.
Some thoughts on playing loose players in limit and how that should make you raise less pre-flop.
Interesting limit hand at $20-40 with me against a guy who tends to hold his chips defensively when he’s weak and waiting for you to act. I had 22 and was ahead, but folded to a semi-bluff raise when he got a great draw on the turn, but I should have known what he had.
Some thoughts on starting out playing $.50-1.00 heads-up no-limit Hold’em online. I’m not very good at heads-up, having only played it on the final table of tournaments before.
Talking about peripheral vision and how it can be useful in poker.