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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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Tag Archives: strong hand tells
This past weekend I played in several tournaments at Wild Horse Casino in Pendleton, Oregon. I played a $200, a $300, and a $500 buy-in. I had some pretty bad luck, but I also did some stupid stuff that probably … Continue reading
Some more thoughts on Martin Staszko and a specific hand where he played with his chips as he was waiting to raise Pius Heinz with a very strong hand. I talk about how these kinds of loose hand movements, if they’re unusual for a player, will generally be a sign of high hand strength.
An analysis of Martin Staszko’s physical behavior in his heads-up confrontation with Pius Heinz at the 2011 WSOP. Mainly, I talk about the relative amount of relaxation and muscle movement in Staszko’s mouth and face when he had a good hand compared to when he had a vulnerable hand.
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.
Continuing on same theme as last blog post, talking about another hand where Pius Heinz avoided eye contact when he was very strong.
A look at a significant poker tell exhibited by 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion Pius Heinz.
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.
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.
Some thoughts on betting motion tells: how quickly or gently a player puts his chips into the pot when he’s strong or when he’s weak. It’s not as simple as “weak means strong”.
Some players with a strong hand will check more quickly than usual to a pre-flop raiser, because they don’t want to dissuade the pre-flop raiser from putting in a continuation bet.
A clip from a celebrities-meet-the-pros type show where Jeremy Sisto displays some really amateur signs of strength when he has AA. These are very obvious weak-means-strong tells, like acting really disappointed, shaking his head, and having tight, upset mouth expressions.
Matt Damon at the 2009 WSOP, flopping a full house with 6T. He gives a really amateur, comical show of trying to act really weak. It’s pretty funny because you won’t find too many players behave this obviously weak when they are strong. It’s usually something you only see at a super-beginner level.
Interesting hand between Kido Pham and Doug Lee, where Pham flops the straight and talks a lot, trying to manipulate Doug into thinking he’s weak. In general, I think it’s one of those cases where the more a player is talking, the more you have to be cautious, because speeches usually equal strength.
I discuss some of the common misconceptions about poker tells, including:
1) People think that bluffers are usually going to stare them down, but this isn’t usually the case; bluffers will usually tend to avoid eye contact.
2) Related to #1, people tend to think that when they seek players acting in exaggeratedly strong ways (splashing chips, staring, talking shit, acting cocky) that this means weakness. But actually, many people with strong hands get more relaxed, which leads to them acting in these strong ways. So actually, for many people, strong actually means strong.
3) Everyone seems to think trembling hands is a very important tell, but it’s not unless you’re playing with extreme beginners. Most even somewhat experienced players don’t get so excited to see a strong hand that their hands shake. Plus there are many reasons a person’s hands can shake.