While becoming the 41st world champion, Joe Cada learned quite a few poker tips.
Trying to get tells off of players can be a daunting task. There's a lot of factors to consider and a lot of information to process, but not a lot of time to do either. Today we're going to narrow those factors down so that you can concentrate and begin your journey to becoming a practical mind reader at the poker table.
While playing today, the only thing you're to concentrate on is eyes. Watch your opponents' eyes as the flop comes down. Do they narrow? Do they widen? Do they flash toward their chip stack? Watch as each new card hits the board and start matching reaction to poker action. You'll see why the smart folks wear shades at the table.
The expression familiarity breeds contempt applies well to poker. Maybe you can guess what can be inferred from the above quotes. Play something different today. It will expand your mind and help you in unexpected areas. As an example, did you know that playing a lot of PLO can make you more comfortable playing post-flop in NL Holdem? Whether it's a different game-PLO instead of Holdem-or a different style-limit instead of no-limit-do something different today.
With the paucity of online games available to American players, and the fact that the WSOP will soon be in full force, you are going to concentrate on live game exercises for the next few days. And something you get a lot of in live games, and not at all online, is physical tells.
Know your enemies and the foot fetish. When trying to get a read on players, most people start at the face and move down. According to Joe Navarro in Read 'Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells, this is completely wrong-headed. When it comes to the honesty of a person's responses, the degree of truthfulness decreases as we move from the soles of our feet to the top of our head. Today, you'll be looking only for feet tells. But how do you see people's feet? Lean back and you can see the feet of the two people next to you, and if someone's feet are wiggling, you can see their shoulders bouncing. Active feet are usually excitement over a big hand, and sudden stillness a 'freeze' response-often fear of showing anything during a bluff. For a more complete description of foot tells and what they mean, pick up Joe's book.
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