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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: weak hand tells
A reader pointed out an inconsistent section of my book on the subject of immediate calls so I wanted to draw attention to it for everyone’s sake.
A guy who’s been talking a lot suddenly gets quiet after raising pre-flop. This tells me he’s not feeling too comfortable with his hand.
Someone emailed me a question about “repetitive behavior”, and the sudden stopping of repetitive behavior, and what it means. In general, if someone stops exhibiting a repetitive movement, it will mean they are more anxious than normal.
A crazy, weird limit player and a tell I noticed he had. On the river, he’d make slower, more roundabout bets when he was weak, because he was trying to get a sense if his opponent was calling or not so he could potentially abandon his bet if he saw they were calling. If he had a strong hand, he’d just push the bet in more straightforwardly and quickly.
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.
Thoughts on the common move you see where a player holds out his chips and makes it real obvious he intends to call you. This generally means weakness, but a player is still capable of calling when he does this. A lot depends on a player’s specific tendencies.
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.
Observations about a tell that influenced a hand in a $5-10 NLHE game, involving how much tension/stillness a guy’s hands had.
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”.
An analysis of an eye-contact tell that one of the players had in the $340 tournament I played and how I used that to my advantage. And some other random observations.
An interesting limit hand where I call a guy down pretty light based on a stillness-based tell he has when he’s bluffing.
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.
Thoughts on the threatening-to-turn-your-hand-over tell, where a player who is bluffing, when facing a potential call, acts like he’s ready to turn his cards over to show a winner. While this tell can sometimes be very obvious, it can also show up in very subtle ways.
Players who stare for a while the first time they look at their hole cards are more likely to have weak cards. Relatedly, though less common and useful, players who quickly look away from hole cards are more likely to have strong cards.
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.