Online Poker Tells

Do you have a Virtual Tell?

Careful…how you click that mouse, you may be giving your hand away. Just because you’re not sitting next to other players at the table doesn’t mean you cannot read them, and they cannot read you. A common misconception of online poker is that it removes the aspect of reading your opponents and looking for clues to determine what they hold.

online-poker-tellWhen playing online, it is very easy to fall into a rhythm. Think about it, the game is set up to move as quickly as possible. There are preset buttons to fold, call or raise. The cards come flying out of the virtual dealer’s hand and each player is expected to act fast. But when you’re playing online this fast past rhythm could be doing more than keeping the game moving smoothly, it could be trapping you into developing a VIRTUAL TELL.

A virtual tell is just like any other tell. It is a subconscious action that you perform in a given situation that gives other players at the table clues to what you’re holding. Do you constantly use the automatic raise feature with a strong hand, or always take longer to call with a weaker hand? If so, you may be giving your hand away to a sharp player looking to exploit your weakness.

The ways you can give your hand away online are as numerous as tells in a live poker room. It could be something as obvious as overusing the automatic features or a more subtle tell such as being overly anxious to bet a strong hand.

Constantly quick to click the bet key when you have a good hand? If so, you may be costing yourself money. Players will pick up on your betting rhythms and learn to fold when you come out quickly firing bets or raises.

The key to successfully avoiding a virtual tell is to keep a constant broken rhythm to your play. Be aware that you should sometimes wait to call and utilize all the time given to you by the game. Other times, call quickly, but make sure to mix it up in order to ensure no one gets a read on your hand as a result of your betting pattern.

Remember, poker is a game of cat and mouse. In order to be successful you’ll need to keep your opponents guessing and try your best not to fall into a rhythm with your play. Be aware of the virtual tells outlined in this article as well as any other patterns you think you may fall into.

Don’t just try to avoid these traps; actively look for others who may have a betting pattern. If you can spot someone else’s VIRTUAL TELL you will have a valuable advantage and will tremendously increase your overall profits.

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