Poker psychology -Part 2

 

This article describes a few more unconscious tells continued from the previous part.

HAND IN FRONT OF THE MOUTH

When someone holds his hand in front of his mouth, he often holds a weak hand. In a sense, he does not want his expressions to betray his hand. The same holds true for a player who is reluctant to glance at you, so that his eyes does not indicate he is afraid.

THE QUICK GLANCE AT THE CHIPS

A player probably wants to bet when he quickly looks at his chips then looks away. Meanwhile, he might also take a glimpse at his opponent’s chips. It is also vital to make sure that he believes he’s not being watched.

THE QUICK GLANCE AT THE CARDS

This is a reliable tell for beginners, brief look at the player’s own cards. This is because a beginner usually takes no notice of an off-suit hand at first glance. Only with a suited hand will they remember the suit

WHEN SOMEONE IS NICE

After a bet, if an opponent acts friendly, it is probably a bluff. He would not want a personal encounter with you and instead you should concentrate on the hand. Likewise when a friendly player suddenly become unfriendly, he is wanting you to call his bets

PROTECTING THE CARDS

Many players safeguard a good starting hand like one would safeguard a treasure. They take quick glances at their cards, conceal them & cover them with their hands.

SHOWING THE CARDS

When an inexperienced player wants to show he is a good player, he is more likely to show his strong hand to his friends or playing partners. Another reason being, those who look at the hand might betray a bluff to the opponent.

A QUICK DECISION

When an inexperienced player looks at his hand and bets immediately, then it is a good indication of an honest play. Before a bluff, so as not to arouse distrust, players try and avoid displaying remarkable actions & usually take some time to consider their decision.

GRASPING THE GLASS

When your opponent, for example tries to bluff or has a monster hand, he is more likely to grab a drink after his move. Although it is supposed to look casual, it definitely should catch your attention.

Conclusions can also be drawn by the way some people smoke their cigarettes. Exhaling a large smoke cloud also signifies a strong hand. If he tries to breathe out as modestly as possible it is an usual indication of a bluff. Though this tell is a little vague, it can hold true when used in conjunction with others.

HOW SOMEONE BETS

The way someone stacks or puts their chips into the middle of the table can also reveal hints about their hand. It is obvious for one to not put on much of a show if he has a strong hand and wants to encourage calls from opponents. Such a player will keep it subtle and will either say nothing or declare the value of his chips with utmost ease.

Similarly, players with weak hands behave differently. He disguises to be optimistic or announces his bet in an autocratic manner. This is because he tries to convey his opponents by appearing to be in total control of his hand.

Almost always, players exaggerating by pushing the chips in the direction of their opponents or by throwing the chips, possibly want to subdue other players.

 

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