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obvious difference between the physical and
the online world is that you don’t have
another player glaring at you from across
the table. The lack of player presence directs
your focus to the game, whereas before you
may have split your time between looking at
your opponent and the cards in play.
But being alone doesn’t mean that you
play in a world devoid of tells & clues
about another players bluff (or worse, when
he tries to sucker you in with a killer hand).
It just means that the clues you want to keep
track of and watch for are different.
delay followed by a check often indicates
Most opponents who wait a longer time than
normal and then check, are trying to indicate
strength by “thinking” about betting;
however, they generally want you to check
so that they can get a free card. If your
opponent was going to check-raise, he would
generally check at a normal speed and then
A delay followed by a bet often indicates
An opponent who waits a longer time than normal
and then bets usually has a strong hand. In
this case, he is trying to indicate weakness
by “thinking” a long time to lure
you into calling.
An instantaneous bet or raise on
the turn or river usually indicates
Most players who bet or raise instantaneously
using the “act in turn” buttons
on the turn or river generally have strong
hands. I believe these types of plays are
meant to bully you into calling, so he dares
you to call with his instantaneous raise.
Don’t let this bullying strategy work
against you. Generally an instantaneous action
on the turn or river indicates a very strong
This tell has varying degrees of reliability
depending on the street. On the river, an
instantaneous raise almost always means the
nuts or a hand close to it. On the turn, it
generally indicates a very strong hand, although
some players will occasionally raise instantaneously
with the intention of checking the river.
An instantaneous raise preflop also generally
indicates a strong hand, especially from early
to middle position; however, if they are in
late position and are raising a late position
player, it is difficult to make generalizations
since they might just be bullying their opponent.
I have found it difficult to generalize about
players who bet or raise instantaneously on
the flop. Some players raise with good hands,
while others raise with weak hands trying
to buy a free card. This is especially true
with preflop raisers who try to buy a free
card with overcards.
An instantaneous check usually indicates
Many players use the check/fold button when
they plan on folding their hand to any bet.
This is especially true with players who are
playing two tables. There are two situations
where you can use this information to your
advantage. Let’s say you are in last
position. The first player checks and the
next two players instantaneously check. Since
the two middle players probably don’t
have anything, a bluff might be successful
against the lone opponent who checked early.
Another situation occurs when you are the
player who checks early. If your opponents
instantaneously check behind you, you might
have a bluffing opportunity on the next card.
These tells work best at the larger sites
such as MySportsbook.com and BoDog.com
where use of this button is common. Many players
at these sites play two games at once and
use the check/fold button to quickly move
back and forth between hands.
Two notes of caution related to this online
poker tell. Although not very common, be careful
against some tricky players who might use
the check/call button to slowplay their hands.
Second, there is a fine line between instantaneous
checking and checking quickly. Using the auto
check/fold button before another player has
acted means that they would have folded if
their opponent had bet. This is very different
than someone who checks very quickly once
it is his turn to act. This leads us into
our next online poker tell.
A quick check usually indicates weakness,
but beware if the player check-raises
A quick check can indicate weakness also,
especially when there are several players
playing the hand; however, if a player checks
quickly and then raises, be very careful!
When a player check-raises, the quick check
was probably an attempt to indicate weakness
so that you would bet into his strong hand.
Remember that all of these online poker tells
are generalizations. They work best against
unknown opponents since you don’t have
any other information to go by. Once you have
played with a player for a while, observe
their betting patterns and then record what
happens when they don’t follow their
As a final note, try not to give online poker
tells about your own play to your opponents.
There are two ways to do this. One way is
to simply bet at the same speed throughout
every hand. Another way is to randomly change
the speed of your betting. For example, if
the last card shown is a red card, you act
after two seconds, and if it is a black card,
you act after four seconds. This strategy
will confuse your more observant opponents
who are looking for tells and can’t
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