10 Crazy Poker Tells That Give You A Huge Advantage
If you know what your opponent had in their hand, you would win more and lose less. If you pay close attention, other players may actually tell you what they have in their hand. Tells are anything a player does or doesn't do that clues you into what they are holding. When you master tells it's like you are wearing a pair of x-ray goggles at the table and it's hard to lose.
10 Ultimate Tell Are Reliable but be careful because there are exceptions to the rule as there is with every card game or poker strategy.
Before you sit down at the table - look around. There are a number of things you can pick up about the personality of a player before any cards are dealt.
1# Tell - The method of stacking chips tells the personality of the player. A messy stack indicates a loose player and a neat stack indicates a tight player. Your opponents who put their chips in neat little stacks are usually conservative players. They are not looking to bluff a lot. So you do not expect them to be wild gamblers and you shouldn't call them expecting them to have weak hands. Conversely, if a player doesn't care very much how their chips appear, that's probably a loose player who is willing to gamble.
2# Tell - If a player makes a messy bet, they may make the time to clean it up, they are usually bluffing. If the player is bluffing, they don't want to do anything to trigger your calling reflex. The assumption is that everyone comes into the game wanting to call. This player, if he is bluffing, thinks that his bet not being neat may trigger your suspicions. So if he straightens his chips into a neat stack it's usually a bluff and he is trying to cover up for it to make it look less suspicious and less inviting. That's a bluff.
3# Tell - How a player busy chips is a sure sign of how they will play. When a player makes a big show of buying chips that's a true indication of how they might play. They are probably going to play very aggressively and loose with their bets. But if a player comes out with his wallets, almost hiding his cash, hardly wanting to show his money, that's usually a conservative player.
4# Tell - Most tells are visual hints, but keep your ears open because you can save yourself some money if you hear what experts call a ''poker clack''. It's one word which sounds like ''tut''. But what does it mean? It's a sad sound. When you hear it in a poker game, it's usually an act. It means that the player actually made a hand. So listen very carefully when players look at their cards coming on the flop on the very last card.
Whenever you hear that that means they made their hand. They are trying to seem sad but they are really happy.
5# Tell - When the flop comes, ignore your instincts and don't look at it. If you are watching the flop, you are making one of the biggest mistakes in holdem - don't watch the flop, watch your opponents watch the flop. That flop will still be there later and if you are watching it now, you'll be missing some of the most profitable tells in the game. Something as simple as where the players look after a flop can reveal the strength of their hand. Players who look away from the flop have strong hands. While players that stare at the flop or look at heir cards have a weak hand. Here comes the flop, they look at it, and immediately look away. That means they like that flop. This happens quite frequently. The player wants to see what the flop is and as soon as he recognises that he likes it he wants to seem uninterested. So what does he do? He looks away. When you see that, you know that player has made something.
6# Tell - If a player glances at his chips after a card is revealed, he probably has a big hand. That glance at the chips clues you in that they are thinking about betting. Why else would they do it? When you see this, that means that the player likes the flop.
7# Tell - If the player looks are all the cards after the flop they are probably looking for suited cards. Players usually remember the ranks of the cards but not necessarily the suits. When they have to double check it's usually to see if they have one of that suit. So watch out for your opponents possible flush. In fact, double checking your cards can be like giving money away so one of the best things you can do is memorise your cards. You should never look back at your cards because it can give clues to your opponents. Remember them, look once, then put a chip on top of them, protect them, and never look again. Practice doing that because that will save you money.
8# Tell - A shoulder shrug or sigh (any indication of sadness) usually means that player has strong cards. They are simply acting to get you to call. Never call that bet! That's a strong hand. Their sadness is meant to deceive you.
9# Tell - Be careful as many people misread tell number 9. You see someone acting more nervous than normal and you may think they are nervous about bluff, the opposite is true. Nervous betting usually accompanies a strong hand. A player is nervous so that player must be bluffing? Wrong! That player is never bluffing. If that player is nervous with the bet they bolster themselves and look rigid. Nervousness is not about a bluff it is a release of tension if it comes on suddenly. If a player, previously, was steady and begins to shake, that's a release of tension, they are thinking now that pot is mine. It's a natural reaction and never a bluff.
10# Tell - A lot of the time you don't really know if your opponent is bluffing or not. Although there is a secret way to find out. Put them to the test. As your player begins to bet simply reach for your tips. If he has a good hand he will hurry up because he doesn't want you to change your mind. But an opponent who is bluffing will hesitate and perhaps check their cards as you have startled them. They will pause before he bets. So, try to prevent that bet by reaching towards your chips. If your opponent responds, by rushing his bet in, he likes the fact that you might call and doesn't want you to change your mind. But if he hesitates, you've unnerved him and he is likely to be bluffing.
If you spot one of these many tells, you have gained a huge advantage over your opponent. Exploit that advantage. Never let them know because they will change their behaviour.
Congratulations you are on the road to be a master poker player.