Online Tells survey taken
I pulled this off of VCPoker.com in one news section.
Its not groundbreaking but it's the only formal study on the subject that I know of.
Not alot of this is new, but it does offer some insights into the way many players interpret something online.
Is it in your click? Just what are you giving away?
Like it or not, the chances are that you have a “tell”, a subconscious and often barely detectable way of giving out information on your poker hand. Whether it's a glint in your eye, the way your play with your chips or drumming your fingers when you've got a hand, the information is there to be picked up upon.
But in the online poker world, it's all a bit different. After all, you can't see your opponent, and your only contact with them is via a computer monitor. They could be signing and dancing after hitting their draw but you won't be any the wiser.
But in reality, is it really that different? In the interests of scientific poker research, we decided to survey regular online poker players to see what they thought about poker tells both online and in the physical world.
According to our respondents, the most common offline poker tells were the look in someone's eyes, followed by changes in their facial expression and they way they played with their poker chips. The top three online poker tells were:
Quickness to respond. A huge 76% of respondents said that a very fast check can often indicate a weak hand while quick bets on the turn or river can often indicate a strong hand.
Slowness to respond. 73% of respondents felt that a pause followed by a check indicated weakness while a pause followed by a raise indicated strength.
Automatic play. 68% of respondents said that a lazy approach to the auto-play buttons let a player slip into a set pattern of play, a break from which is a clear tell.
Perhaps surprisingly, online poker players are relaxed about their opponents play, with only 31% reporting that they actively look for tells in their opponents when they play online, significantly lower than offline players (58% of whom actively look for tells).
But it seems as though those who do actively look to glean information from their opponent's style of play prosper in the long run, and with the increasing amount of money going into the online game it's liable to be an area where players look to improve.
So how do you go about getting an edge on your fellow players? Our top three ways to win the psychological battle are:
Number 1: Pay attention. Just because you're not playing in a pot, doesn't mean you should read the paper or watch the television in between hands. Watch what your opponents do and study how they act; every time a hand gets to showdown the players involved are giving you a wealth of information about the starting hands they play, how they bet certain flops and how far they'll push a hand. They're telling you a great deal – at least make sure you're listening.
Number 2: Make notes. The beauty of playing online is that you can accumulate huge amounts of information on particular players. Take advantage of it and keep notes on players that you regularly come up against. Are they tight? Are they aggressive? Do they chase draws? The more you know about your opponent, the more of an edge you have.
Number 3: Vary your style of play. All good players, whether online or offline, vary their play to avoid becoming predictable and you should do the same. Don't always play the same way and keep your opponents guessing!
P.S Source: Big Slick Magazine available on www.VCPoker.com