An overview of poker tells

They say that each and every poker player has a tell. A tell is something that gives away what they have in their hand. Something that they do or a specific way they act could be a tell in poker. If what they say is true, than that should be a pretty important thing to learn about and understand. The fact is, that most people have several tells and only very few people actually look for them. Even less know how to find them and what to do with the tells once they do find them.

There is no doubt that the subject of reading your opponents and finding tells is fairly advanced. For the most part however, you can find out a lot of information about your opponents that will give you an edge, just by paying attention. While it may take a long time to get good at reading people, it is not hard to read bad players. There are a lot of players that do not care enough to worry about covering up their tells, and they will practically show you their cards.

Analyzing your Opponents

As a beginner, you should not worry about trying to read people and figure out their tells. Instead, just simply analyze and pay very close attention to everything that each player at your table does. Take as many notes in your head as possible. Take note of what they are doing when they are doing it and how they are doing whatever it is they are doing. Keep processing as much information as you can and the rest will fall into place. You will quickly start to take in information that will give you an edge.

You will spot a lot of tells when you do this. Tells that you never would have ever noticed before. This is not something that you can learn. It is just a skill that you have or do not have. You can improve that skill and capitalize on it eventually. You just have to be smart enough to recognize when someone is telling you what they have. Most of the time you will be able to figure out if a player is weak or strong if you watch them for long enough.

Sitting out of a Hand

The most important times of your poker career will be when you are not in the hand. That is when you can really watch people. That is when you can watch and learn as much as you possibly can about the players at your table. When you sit down at a table, look around and pay attention to who is watching. You will see that most people do not pay any attention at all. At the same time, players that are good will not let you know they are watching – so be careful.

Figuring out tells and reading opponents can be very complicated at first. Just remember to relax and analyze. Pay attention and study your opponents. The rest will fall into place.

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