join awop poker forum

Top Articles

Common Live Poker Tells

A tell is anything that gives away about what a player holds. It may a habit, a physical reaction, or a pattern of behaviour. Recognizing tells is the primary thing that separates the pros from the amateurs in the brick and mortar world.

While each player is different, most beginners and intermediate players fall into the same traps. This list doesn't replace making actual game-time observations, but it will get you off to a good start. However, be wary of "reads" provided by professional players, as many will purposely give out false tells to throw other players off balance.

The first thing to watch is the eyes. A poker pro knows that the eyes don't lie (which is why most wear sunglasses). Players can't help but stare at big cards and so will peek longer when they hold a good hand. If a player is looking to steal, they will likely glance to their left to see if anyone has checked their cards before they raise. When a player takes a quick glance at his chips on the flop, he probably hit and is planning his attack.

Like the eyes, the rest of the face holds strong clues to a player's hand. Nervous or unhappy facial features may show a weak hand, while confident or happy features show a strong hand. The more subtle the expression, the better, as an obvious facial expression may be a trick.

Novice players love to act, which means they will usually tip off strong and weak hands by exacting the exact opposite of the way they actually view their hand. They will try to act disinterested when they have a big hand and will raise their voice and try to sound "confident" when bluffing.

Anxiety normally occurs when people are confronted or anticipating a confrontation. In poker, this can take a number of forms, but it usually happens when a player has a big hand and is ready to "fight" if necessary. Physical signs of anxiety include flexed muscles, dilated pupils, rapid heart rate, a dry throat, and trembling hands.

One of the most revealing tells is a habitual betting pattern. Most players will tend to bet the same type of hands the same way over and over again. What exactly they do in each situation varies from player to player, so it is important to pay close attention to how a player plays different types of hands.

Finally, in poker posture matters. Many players will visibly alter their posture based on their attitude and hand strength. Dropped shoulders usually represent a weak hand, while an attentive position indicates that a player is "ready to go" (i.e. has a good hand and wants to bet). Habitual bluffers tend to lean forward in a confrontational manner.

JackRag


Special Reviews and Articles

Novoline
By Paul Steven
Where Are the Hottest Live Poker Rooms in the World?
By John Stevens
American Poker II
By Paul Stephens
For Canadian Poker Players
By John Jones
5 Facts On Why Casinos with Poker Room Are Safer than Standalone Ones.
By Paul Stephens
Let us know Poker
By
How Coral are revolutionising the game of poker
By
Playing Online Poker? Tips that will help you win
By
Showcase your stats with 888 personalised poker videos
By Paul Wilson
The Hippodrome London Review
By
Comparing the Top 5 Online Casinos in Canada
By
Casino Trends in 2016: What does the Future Hold?
By
Round up of the WSOP main event
By
Tips to win at Poker
By
Common Beginner Mistakes 2
By JackRag
Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, or No Limit?
By JackRag
Common Beginner Mistakes 1
By JackRag
When to Slow Play
By JackRag
Profiting from Multi-table Tournaments
By JackRag
A Guide to Poker Bonuses
By JackRag
When to fold a big hand
By JackRag
Value Betting
By JackRag
Is Poker a Game of Luck or Skill?
By JackRag
Poker Hand Rankings
By JackRag
Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, or No Limit?
By JackRag
Playing Pocket Pairs
By JackRag
AQ in NL Holdem
By Steve Larson
The Importance of Position
By JackRag
Stealing from position
By Steve Larson
How to play AA
By JackRag
Common Online Poker Tells
By JackRag
How do you play poker?
By GNews
Should you treat poker like you would an investment?
By GNews
The dangers of slowplaying
By Eeyore
SHORT STACK EQUITY
By B Raggers
When not to raise with the best hand
By Eeyore
MEN LIE
By B Raggers
LIVERPOOL CHALLENGE
By B Raggers
DOES NOT COMPUTE
By B Raggers
CALL ME
By B Raggers
Basic Omaha 8 strategy
By Eeyore
Phil Hellmuth VS Poker Office
By B. Raggers
Game selection – continued
By Eeyore
No-Limit Holdem Tourney Self-Destruction
By the Cut-off Razor
No-Limit Holdem Tourney Blow-up
By the Cut-off Razor
A fundamental difference between STT's and MTT's
By eeyore
Sharkscope
By B. Raggers
My first Ever Live Reporting Experience
By The Cut Off Razor
Game Selection Basics
By EEYORE
CHUTZPAH OR CIDER
By B. Raggers
The 'NET' Benefit
By The Fox
And the flop came...
By The Viper
More Poker Reflections
By The Viper
Poker and Politics
By The Viper
Action at the Rosebowl
By The Viper
Poker Fairies
By The Viper
Royal Flush Towers
By The Viper
Bonanza Celebrations
By The Viper
Jacarama
By The Chaser
Perchance to Dream
By The Viper
Now it can be told
By The Viper
A Personal History of Poker
By William W. Grey
The Merits of a Casino Poker League
By Chris "SpuddyD" Flint
Poker Bots or Utter Rot?
By John "Emrys" Dempsey
Texas V's Omaha
By Gareth "The Nugget" Jones
Poker Odds
By Mark "The Chaser" Greenwood
A POKER FAIRY TALE
By Mark "The Chaser" Greenwood
Mandatory Calls
By Warren Clarke
The Scuba Death Game
By Tim "Dogma" Flanders
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part I
By Pokerlistings
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part II
By Pokerlistings
How to Play Texas Holdem Poker Part III
By Pokerlistings