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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
Joined: May '11
Age: 48 (M)
Regarding tell no. 1; this is not always the case in my opinion. I happens to me often that I have so many tables open that I cannot react as fast I would like so "waiting" can also be just "occupied".
It's a good idea to check the players connection speed. If they are showing a poor connection don't put too much faith in a long pause before they act.
When players change the usual pattern it's time to start paying more attention to what they are doing as well. A player that usually acts quickly but suddenly takes a long time even though they have a good connection is probably facing a difficult decision. The opposite means that they either have a strong hand or may be going on tilt. Either very strong or very weak.
Joined: Jul '15
Age: 52 (M)
Posted by CityWalker: 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.
Joined: Oct '17
Age: 68 (M)
I read recently a person used all there time every hand because they where not in a hurry. I find a lot of (novice) players do this. I guess they think it makes them look like good players. Personally I try not waste my time or others time and like to keep the game going-
Joined: Jan '12
Age: 30 (M)
1) Long pause - then a raise I find this funny when i play micro stakes cash games.and regs do this all the time. Specialy on river... like taking half minute than big raise or all in. Players like do that with like AJ on K9TQ board or similars boards when opponent will usualy have second nuts, so they just put all in couse nobody will fold second nuts straight on micros.
3) Automatic check I think too that this is usualy a weak hand. Like 2nd pair, 3rd pair and all kind of draws and even over cards. But can take down pot with 2 barel usualy if they dont improve.
Another mistake that new players do allot is this: like check-call flop and turn with draw and insta push if not improved river oop. It's so obvious but inexperienced players to that all the time.
Posted by ih8usukouts: 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 -------- 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.
I very rarely do this online any more!
My tip is when they call your all-in bluff, they probably have it.
and when playing a kiwi, min raise and fold to any pressure.
Joined: Jan '12
Age: 30 (M)
5) Small betting I have just 2 experience here, they bet small couse they had monster and try to get the action or they have total bs hand and just clicking some button. Usualy i call down every top pair. 7) Post blinds out of turn: I like to do that from time to time to pretend i am a even bigger fish then i am in real . Or don't rebuy to max, limp, then change your game...