Tells are the things that mean something in a poker game. There are certain signs that most players will look for when they are poker players. Evidently they do not want these tells revealed. Yet it is important that they be aware of them for the bingo player to exploit them for their benefit.
1. Watch for the ‘Poker face’ tell. This is probably the most commonly exploited tell with the greatest potential for profit. Essentially, expect any player to have a particular expression or mannerisms because they are trying to represent poker hand that does not exist. Some individuals may actually deliver a false impression via their body language, so watch for it. Additionally, ‘The bluffer’ is a good example of this. A person who can convincingly ‘bleed to death’ with a bluff is very likely to have this tell.
2. Watch for the ‘in-turn’ tell. A player who is able to make a rapid succession of poker decisions is more likely to have this tell. They are attempting to suggest that their poker hand super-nominate, and therefore, their opponents are wrong.
3. The ‘in-turn’ tell above is often employed to suggest that a player has a very powerful hand. If you observe the same player in a particular hand, you should expect them to play aggressively and try to bluff.
4. If you are watching a poker tournament, and you notice a player that always raises in the big blind, and then they fold at the first betting opportunity after you raise, chances are they have a good hand.
5. After watching a few poker tournaments, it is common to find a ‘keno dealer’ at the table. A keno dealer is a middle-aged man that deals the cards for a small number of casinos. Most dealers will try to act and seem less intimidating than they really are, so if you deal the cards for a few tournaments, you will get a feel for who is a ‘keno dealer.’
6. Watch for the ‘chat’ tell. A player will chat away with another player at the table. Their conversation is usually very negative, critical, or attack-related. Another player will attempt to correct the grammar Plus, mistakes are more likely in a player who is corrected. Make sure you never make fun of a player who corrects you. Players who try to correct you will also make fun of you.
7. Report any unusual activity by a player. Whether it’s a long silence or playing slowly, if the player seems to be doing something unusual, it’s worth mentioning.
8. Be aware of a players dress code. Usually this will mean that they are more likely to play poor cards.
9. Be aware of a players gambling trips. If you know a player is always tripping, it’s worth asking them to explain why.
10. Be aware of a players drinking age. If a player seems to be a little buzzed, it might be worth asking them about it, unless you’re playing with drunks.
11. Be aware of a players attractiveness to women. Women can be attracted to players that are successful, trendy, and well dressed.
12. Be aware of a players Ownage. Remember that some people are very uncomfortable with their face being on the front of the cards.
13. Be aware of a players TV-viewing habits. For some people TV is a very important window into reality. If a player watched a particularly TV show that made them uncomfortable, it’s more than likely they are playing too many poker hands. Pay especially close attention to how the player plays when he or she isn’t playing a tournament. We can’t always see their face but we can see the general emotions and feelings expressed.
14. Be aware of a players exercise routine. Some people work out in the morning and then play in the evening. Others like to lie in bed and play for awhile. However, even the best athletes need to work out beforehand and possibly with additional exercises done during play. Pay especially close attention to their facial expression and hand resting patterns when they have a hand. general feelings indicate overall strength of the hand however, so if you don’t know the player, the cards don’t have to matter.
15. Be aware of a players tendency to bluff, especially versus face cards. Some players are very hard of hearing on a low card and will attempt a bluff. If you frequently find yourself getting caught in a bluff and can’t quite figure out why your opponent is doing what he’s doing, consider taking a second look at the cards.
16. Don’t bluff loose tables. People will call your bluff more often if it seems like you’re just making a play.