Online Poker Tells
Although we are not able to see any physical expressions online there are
still some other types of tells we are able to pick up on. Let's take a look at
a few of them now.
Speed of play - Every online poker room requires a player to perform an action
within a specified period of time (usually around 30 seconds). Often an opponent's
speed of play is a "tell". For example,
Opponent quickly calls your bet - This is usually a tell of a weak hand. Your
opponent is calling quickly to make it seem lke he is not intimidated by your bet.
He is acting strong which means more often than not he is actually weak.
The instant check - Occasionally your opponent will check so quickly it is obvious
that they have clicked the check/fold button. This is a strong tell of weakness.
In most cases your opponent has given up on the hand and a bet will win you the
pot (especially if it is a small pot).
The instant all-in bet - Here your opponent most likely clicked the raise any or all in
button before it was even his turn to act. Your opponent is so confident in his hand
he is willing to raise or go all-in before even seeing your action. This is a tell of
great strength more often than not.
The long delay and then check - Here your opponent is allowing time to elapse to
give the illusion he is considerng betting. Again he is trying to act strong to prevent
you from betting because he has a weak hand.
The delay and then a bet - When an opponent thinks for a long time and then all
of a sudden bets it is a tell of a strong hand. Here the delay represents strength
because it is followed by a bet. In the previous "tell" the delay represents weakness
because it is followed by a check.
It is important to remember that there are other factors we cannot see that could
also affect your opponents's speed of play such as:
Poor Internet connection; Playing multiple tables;
Being distracted by other things such as a telephone, friends, etc....
Other Online Poker Tells:
These online poker tells point to the type of player your opponent is
rather then the strength of their hand.
Chat Box - If you see a player frequently chatting in the chat box this is a strong
indicator of a "fish" or beginner player, especially if the player is constantly
complaining or angry at previous hands. Let's face it, more experienced players
(who are probably too busy playing multiple tables) aren't going to be constantly
complaining in the chat box.
Number of tables being played - Most online poker rooms allow you to do a player
search which shows you what tables that particular player is at. If you search a
player and he is playing 16 tables then obviously this person knows what they are
doing. They aren't just sitting down for a casual game of poker and playing so many
tables. We can also assume that a player that is on so many tables is also only
playing premium hands. So in general, a player who plays one table is more likely
(not always) to be a "fish" or a beginner and play a looser style. And a player who is
playing multiple tables is more experienced and plays a tighter style.
Waiting for the Big Blind - More patient and/or experienced players tend to wait for
the big bling to post. Less experienced and/ or impatient players will post no matter
what position they are in.
What is the most important poker tell?
The most important tell is your opponent's bet or betting patterns.
Does your opponent always check when making a strong hand?
Does your opponent always make a weak bet when he has a weak hand?
When your opponent checks does he always fold to a subsequent bet?
Does your opponent always make large all-in bets only with the nuts?
These tells vary from player to player and the only way to pick up on these
is to pay close attention to all of the action at your table.
Remember, more experienced players will give off fake tells,
so the first thing to read about your opponent is whether he is a
beginner or a more experienced player.