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  7-Oct-09, 14:15   #1
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The topic for this Poker School & Strategy thread is:

Online Poker Tells

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Poker Tells - Online


1) Long pause - then a raise: the most common online poker tell is when players make quite a long pause and then raise or re-raise you. This normally indicates a very strong hand.

2) Automatic re-raise: when you raise and is re-raised very fast (almost instantly), this usually means that a player checked the "raise-all" button. This normally indicates a very strong hand. Some very wild players use this as well, but you would probably notice this wild player anyways.

3) Automatic check: When you check and you feel on the speed of the checks behind you that they have checked the "auto-check/fold" button, this normally means a weak hand, and you can try to steal on the next card.

4) Quick calling: when a player calls you very quickly, it normally means his hand is not very strong. He was not considering to raising you. However be aware that he might call you to the river nevertheless.

5) Small betting: When a player bets a very small amount relative to the pot on the river, it will in most cases be a "block bet" to prevent you from betting or raising him (he usually has a weak hand). This might be a good spot to bluff. If you succeed watch out to do it again in the same session, as player might set a trap for you instead. Be aware that some very tricky players use the small bet size to induce a bluff (to trap you).

6) Chatting while betting: If a player chats at the same time as he is betting, you can normally set him on a good hand. Most players don’t want to show anything when they are bluffing.

7) Post blinds out of turn: If a new player comes to the table and posts blinds out of turn, he will normally be either impatient or inexperienced, both which is good qualities in an opponent Smile

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  7-Oct-09, 15:37   #2
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awood88 
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Posted by Administrator:
1) Long pause � then a raise: the most common online poker tell is when players make quite a long pause and then raise or re-raise you. This normally indicates a very strong hand.


I hate that people use time as a factor when judging online poker. When players go to the time bin or whatever you call it, people often see this as weak, but don't consider that the player could have connection problems or be away from their computer. I know it's not advisable but sometimes I've ran off in between hands to do something urgent and I get back to see pocket Jacks. I then raise but cos I took so long, the idiot next to me gives me no credit.

I don't think you can take time into account when playing online poker. People play several tables at once, do other things on their computer or get distracted. Usually quick responses say more about the player but even if you get a quick call it could be a mis-click.


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Posted by Administrator:
2) Automatic re-raise: when you raise and is re-raised very fast (almost instantly), this usually means that a player checked the �raise-all� button. This normally indicates a very strong hand. Some very wild players use this as well, but you would probably notice this wild player anyways.

3) Automatic check: When you check and you feel on the speed of the checks behind you that they have checked the �auto-check/fold� button, this normally means a weak hand, and you can try to steal on the next card.


I agree that automatic moves are a mistake as they do tell a lot about your hand. I never for instance click auto check-fold in the big blind even with 7 2. But I have considered in the past using them as a false tell. For example, tick the check box but not the check/fold box on a high flop when you in fact have an over-pair to trick them into betting the turn. But I think sometimes it's best not to give any tell at all (real or fake) to keep your options open.


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Posted by Administrator
7) Post blinds out of turn: If a new player comes to the table and posts blinds out of turn, he will normally be either impatient or inexperienced, both which is good qualities in an opponent Smile


I always do this unless I am big blind next hand. I hope I am not either of these things.

Edited by awood88 (07 October 2009 @ 15:46 GMT)


     
  7-Oct-09, 17:52   #3
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CityWalker 
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I disagree with the automatic re-raise. That's because a lot of players i've been played use the automatic raise or reraise to protect a weak pocket pair or a missed AK that they raised preflop. Smile Thumbs Up Smile

     
  7-Oct-09, 18:58   #4
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ih8usukouts 

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7) Post blinds out of turn: If a new player comes to the table and posts blinds out of turn, he will normally be either impatient or inexperienced, both which is good qualities in an opponent
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I see alot of players posting out of turn all the time. I know I did this alot when first starting out because I was too anxious to play. I even did it at casinos too, boy was that dumb. But you live and learn, now I take the time to actually watch the people and wait for my turn to post. By doing that I am able to learn about them before engaging. Thumbs Up

     
  7-Oct-09, 19:58   #5
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jevo 

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If you're playing micro stakes, I believe the amount of time a player takes is a massive tell just as much as auto-checking any boxes before it's your turn.

I myself count to six before making any move, if it takes longer than that I generally fold.






     
  7-Oct-09, 22:19   #6
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Lutenatik 

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I liked this one:


5) Small betting: When a player bets a very small amount relative to the pot on the river, it will in most cases be a "block bet" to prevent you from betting or raising him (he usually has a weak hand). This might be a good spot to bluff. If you succeed watch out to do it again in the same session, as player might set a trap for you instead. Be aware that some very tricky players use the small bet size to induce a bluff (to trap you).

I've been noticing that too

     
  8-Oct-09, 00:33   #7
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M3turbo 
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Warning regs above NL100 reverse use these common tells.

     
  8-Oct-09, 00:58   #8
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jevo 

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Warning I reverse use these common tells @ NL25 Evil

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poorly

     
  8-Oct-09, 01:36   #9
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exostenz 
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When the river has been dealt i have found that if a player does not want you to call him he will go ALLIN and if he has a good hand he will try and 'weane' money out of you with a bet around 2bb - 3/4 pot

     
  8-Oct-09, 14:03   #10
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Ali_c 
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3) Automatic check: When you check and you feel on the speed of the checks behind you that they have checked the "auto-check/fold" button, this normally means a weak hand, and you can try to steal on the next card.

i sometimes do that when i flop a good hand, ill have it on auto-check, then people think i have s**t.

sometimes when i do it on the flop and turn people go all in on the river. while i have a good hand.

     
  8-Oct-09, 15:44   #11
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watoba 
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CALL & WAIT omaha hi 0.25 / 0.50 a player raised every hand and bet or raise on turn and river he make this in every hand and most of the time he have very weak hands but win with luck.So i called the raise see the flop and wait for a good hand in the most of the time i know i got him with middle pair but i fold.I want be sure to got him and he win not with luck.
on the 5th flop i´m sur i got him top pair with nut flush draw.I check i know he bet´s call turn i got the flush i bet and i know he make´s a re-raise call.bet on river he raise i make re-raise he go all in with 2 pair i win 37$
I see it many times on omaha that player raise´s many hand´s so i call and wait for a good hand and make my money.I think that´s player´s play not for a long time omaha and they don´t know the strong of this hand´s in this game type

     
  8-Oct-09, 15:54   #12
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Yuki555 
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Thanks for the advices even though a lot of people try to trick with fake tells and its much easier to do fake tells online than in live

     
  11-Oct-09, 09:16   #13
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Pjot 
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I read somewhere something like: "My favourite tell is retardness. It's so easy to spot."

And I think I have to agree on that one. Feels like I only play an even game against normal players, and get my winnings from the retards.

     
  11-Oct-09, 13:18   #14
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Koyotgwc 
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heh i have simply idea of online poker tell Big Smile

in tournaments with entry of 1$-3$ with rebuys i noticed that people who cant make rebuy becausethey have for ex 1550 chips and rebuy is for less than 1500 they go all in with very very bad hands just to make rebuy. In this kind of tournaments im looking for this players and in 75% i take their chips with not very high hands.

so guys look for people who want to give their chips to opponents Smile cheers

     
  13-Oct-09, 04:54   #15
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lecorbu 
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-when a player expects the button to start playing, that makes us think that probably uses a strategy shorstack.
-when a player enters with 20bb! is a shorstack too!

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when a player shows his anger in chat frequently, I might be saying tilt!

     
  14-Oct-09, 05:46   #16
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psycokiller 
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If a person is paying attention, after a while u can get reads on a players betting habits if a player is tight ,loose aggressive, passive etc,etc. This is in itself a tell both on and offline. the reason its a tell is like this: If a normally tight,passive player suddenly pushes pre flop, is this not an indication of a strong hand (possibly), or of an aggressive player starts check calling, does this not seem unusual?

     
  15-Oct-09, 16:12   #17
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Avalonn 
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Nice tips, but if everyone would know this, then people would use it against eachother. But it's nice to read this so you can know how people think Tongue

     
  19-Oct-09, 20:44   #18
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  10-Nov-09, 04:07   #19
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GeneYuss 

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Some good tips! I noticed sometimes when someone bets like 410, they're bluffing because it looks a lot bigger then 380. But sometimes good players will bet 410 as a value bet.

     
  27-Jan-10, 01:27   #20
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robkey69 
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yea good tips but i had miost of theses allready in my poker mind, the poker mind of robkey people pay alot for the thought of this mind. ovb at the table. Smile Smile Smile Smile Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar

     
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