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Thanks to classic films such as Rounders and The Cincinnati Kid that have dramatized the world of high-stakes poker, the gaming world has always been fascinated with the psychology of the game.
And a large part of that psychology is the ability to read your opponents, to pick up on the subconscious tells that every player gives. Whether it’s the way they stack their chips or look at their cards, many a poker player has been sent home broke after a tell has let slip the strength of their hand.
The rise of online poker was thought to have removed the role of tells from the poker table. But the research from Victor Chandler Poker, Europe’s fastest growing online poker room, suggests that a new set of tells are being discovered in the online game.
Offline and online poker tells
Victor Chandler surveyed regular online poker players and asked them about both offline and online poker tells. In the physical world, the most common tells were a player’s eyes (it seems they really are the windows to the soul), facial expressions and playing with chips. The top three online poker tells were:
• Quickness to respond, reported by 76% of respondents – a very fast check can indicate a weak hand, quick bets on the turn or river can often indicate a strong hand.
• Slowness to respond, reported by 73% of respondents – a pause followed by a check can often indicate weakness, while a delay followed by a raise often indicates strength.
• Automatic play, reported by 68% of respondents – a lazy approach to the auto buttons lets a player slip into a set pattern of play. Any breaks in this pattern are clear tells.
Online poker players are relaxed
But the survey also indicated that online poker players were more relaxed about tells, with only 31% of players actively looking for tells in their online opponents; yet, if playing offline poker, 58% said they would actively look for tells.
Respondents also had some advice for online poker players:
“The good players vary their responses and leave you guessing as to what they really have – online and offline.”
“I keep a book on everyone I play against. The beauty of online play is that you can accumulate all of this information and refer back to it time and again.”
“Anyone called ‘Imgonnabluff’ will probably never bluff and only plays very strong hands!”.
Getting an edge; pick up on tells and avoid giving them out.
According to Simon Prodger, product marketing manager at Victor Chandler Poker, “… poker is an endlessly fascinating game. You’re not just playing the cards you’re dealt, you’re also playing against your opponent – and they’re human even if you are playing over the web. The small clues that can be picked up add to the fun of the game and can really give an edge to players who take the trouble to look.”
Prodger goes on to give three golden rules for all online poker players hoping to get this edge: “Number one, always pay attention whether you’re involved in a hand or not, as you’ll learn a lot about your opponent’s game and temperament. Two, make notes on the players you see regularly in the card room, and use these to guide your play against each player. And three, always look to vary your game; by doing so you’ll avoid becoming predictable and giving out information about yourself.”
For further information, contact:
Simon Prodger, Product Marketing Manager, Victor Chandler Poker
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 020 7292 0069
Ken McGaffin, email@example.com, Tel: 020 7684 6895
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