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Chip Stack/Stacking Poker Tells

There are many tells you can gain on your opponents even before you see them play a pot. How they stack their chips can give you some clues on how they are going to play. If you notice their chips are neatly stacked, and organized, you can probably assume they will be...

Live Poker Cash Game Strategies

Massimo makes a couple of insightful posts about good adjustments to make when playing poker in a live casino cash game. Because the competition is so much different than a “tight”, online game, these strategies can help the online player succeed in the...

The Problem with Physical Tells

Whenever you speak to a novice poker player or someone who knows very little about poker then you will often get similar opinions as to what it actually takes to make a good poker player. One person may say how it is all about “mathematics” while another...

Betting Poker Tells

Betting patterns are one of the most important factors when reading people at the poker table. Many professionals have even stated that reads can only get you so far, but what really helps putting someone on a hand is how much a player bets, how they bet, and the...

Card Looking Poker Tells

One big lesson to learn, in any poker game, is to never look at your hand first. If for example you are playing 7 card stud, look at the reactions when your opponents look at their final face down card before you see yours. The same goes for Texas Hold’em. It helps a...

Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

I don’t know about you, but I am a poker junkie.  I religiously watch (even DVR) the WSOP coverage every year on ESPN and had a mini-orgasm this year when ESPN televised much of the Main Event live.  People like my wife hate the live coverage because each hand...

When It’s Safe to Bet Poker Tells

In poker, you need to know when it is safe to bet and when it is dangerous. Caro even says that you cannot study this enough because he feels this is where half the profit is going to come from by concentrating on tells. Before you make a bet it would be a smart idea...

The UTG Live Straddle

Often in live games you will see the looser, gambling players posting a live straddle. What is it? How does it affect the game and what should we do about it? This article will take a more technical online-like view of the phenomenon usually only seen in live...

Cues of the Shoes

We, as a civilization, have been raised to lie with our faces. Think about it. When, as a child, you were forced to take family pictures or eat an unpleasant food, your parents would often say something like, “At least pretend you’re happy. Smile!” Faking a...

While Waiting Poker Tells

Pick the Opener One thing you should always be looking out for is when players are waiting for you to act. Their body language and posture are very important. You always need to be looking out for players who might be strong before you bet into them. When are you...

Brick and Mortar/Live Poker Strategy

INTRODUCTION If you are an online player who’s about to try B&M poker for the first time, this sticky is meant for you. Unlike Brodie’s excellent article on B&M etiquette (a must-read), this one is intended to prepare you mentally for the...

Bluffing Poker Tells

Players will give off certain and more precise tells when they are bluffing. Although it may matter on the player themselves, there are some general tells that Caro talks about that apply at the poker table. Smoking Even though smoking is banned in almost every poker...