9 Poker Tells

Every Poker player has his or her ‘poker tells’, but how they hide them and how good they are at picking up on the tells of other players, could be the difference between winning or losing.

Here’s a list of poker tells to look out for:

1. Impatience

Right up there at the top of the list, when sat around a poker table, what you need is patience. You need to have the patience of a saint.

It’s natural for players to be keen to take their turn, but any player who is looking overeager is sending out the signal that they may have an extremely good hand. Don’t be that player. Your apparent impatience could be your downfall. So, take your time and always be on the lookout for this type of player at the table. Spot them and monitor the hands they are playing!

2. Going all in

Whether you are protecting a great hand or going for a big bluff, there will be situations that may call for you to bet all you have in front of you. But beware going all in with your chips too often.

Going all in is a pointer that you simply believe you’ve got the winning hand.

3. Staring

When someone is blankly staring, it is quite off-putting in any situation, and the poker table is no exception. No doubt the player is trying to put you off your game or give you the impression that what they are holding is considerably better than it is!

Be ready for it and if you are experiencing another player doing this to you, keep your cool and don’t let them intimidate you.

4. Avoiding eye contact

It’s quite normal for newcomers to poker to worry about their ability to control their facial expressions when they have a powerful hand, or they’re bluffing. They tend to stare into space and will never make eye contact with other players, and this is an obvious tell for more seasoned players.

Work on your poker face and don’t be afraid of making eye contact.

5. Anger

One quite obvious Poker tells you may need to keep in check is any tendency to show anger.

If you’ve been folding your hand repeatedly and you eventually get a playable hand it’s understandable that you are going to become upset if several players on the trot fold their hand. Lose your cool, and this will tell the other players left in that game that you’ve finally been dealt a strong hand and those players may well choose to fold their hands!

It will only add to your frustration. Don’t give them the satisfaction!

6. Twitching

If discovered by other more seasoned poker players at the table, any nervous twitch is going to work against you. So if you twitch your nose or any other body part, you must find a way of restraining yourself. If you don’t, you’ll end up giving away your strategy.

Don’t put yourself at the mercy of those other more experienced Poker players!

7. Nervous Laughter

Fake or nervous laughter during the game is a giveaway that a player is not happy with their hand.

Due to the social nature of Poker humorous interactions between players is the norm. However, it will be a very clear tell if you abruptly change your mannerisms or start to show you are nervous. So, watch yourself and constantly be alert to these changes in your opponents!

8. Don’t try too hard to be funny

Yes, everybody loves a joker, but one of the most evident tells that the inexperienced player can frequently miss when a player is taking the mickey out of another player or is trying to be amusing.

Diverting the attention of another player when they are strategising is a standard part of bluffing or a tactic used by somebody with a strong hand.

Always be aware of someone who unexpectedly cracks a joke or begins to poke fun at other players around the table. Don’t get diverted.

9. Long rambling talk

Poker players will tend to banter over the table, it’s all part of the game, but when one player begins rambling on about something strange or irrelevant, then that is probably a tell that they’re trying to move attention away from themselves and the strategy that they are playing.

You can let them ramble on, but don’t be fooled.