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Poker Strategy - Poker Tells

Tells are traditionally associated with a person's physical twitches in which one gives away the strength of his or her hand. Tells exist in both the offline, and online world. Here is a list of some common tells:


1. In limit, a quick call with two flush or straight cards out generally means a draw.
2. In limit, a quick raise on the flop generally means top pair.
3. A poor player who is thinking generally has a weaker holding and is debating a call.
4. Generally if someone thinks for awhile and then raises, it is not a bluff.
5. Someone who is frequently raising the pot preflop and then folding at the flop if someone bets at him is likely to be on tilt.


1. When a poor player puts a hand over his mouth, it generally means he has a strong hand. Generally he is concealing a smile.
2. Shaky hands means the player is nervous. However, this can mean he is bluffing or that he has a very strong hand.
3. A player reaching for a drink also is a sign of being nervous.
4. When a poor player 'stares you down,' generally it means he is bluffing.
5. When the flop comes and a player quickly looks at his chips, he is likely to have a strong hand.

The more you play against different people the more you will begin to see these tell signs and be accustomed to look for them.