After posting Daniel Negreanu’s tells yesterday, I got to thinking about what the biggest tells I’ve been seeing on tv and in person are. I’ve got a couple of huge ones that can really give you an advantage. Here are the three biggest poker tells that I have noticed as common tells as poker has evolved to present day:
1. When someone starts talking about their hand or what you might have. So many people give their hand away with this. I remember I thought I was cool one time and began freely talking about the hand. I basically gave away what I was holding because I started guessing what my opponent had. After I reminisced about the hand later (and even now) I started feeling like a complete idiot. I noticed even Phil Hellmuth did this to himself on an ESPN re-run the other day. Listen very closely to when someone either putting you on a hand or talking about how good of cards they have. If nothing else, you’ll be able to narrow down what they have and gain a ton of info.
2. Sheepish smiles. Watch the poker tournaments on ESPN and you’ll see the big pros extract plenty of info from the amateurs enabling them to lay down big hands and get away from devastating losses. They talk and talk and talk if an amateur will endulge them and most times they will. A sheepish/somewhat embarrassed smile has been one thing I’ve noticed as a dead give away that they’re holding something huge. Remember to avoid the “aw shucks” look at the table. It looks hard to fake and says you’re holding a great hand. If you’re an amateur playing a pro – SHUT UP! They’re not your friend, they just want your chips.
3. A big opening bet on a raggedy flop. This is probably not as new as I’ve picked up on it more lately. Think about it, why would anybody bet huge on a low flop that they’ve hit? From the home games I’ve started playing in, I’ve picked off a lot of high aces trying to secure the pot by opening with a big bet.