Basic Poker Tells

When trying to spot poker tells, it is important to figure out each player’s baseline behavior. You need to know how your opponents appear in “normal” situations and then look for deviations.


Perhaps the most obvious tell that amateurs display is becoming obviously attentive when they have a strong hand and obviously inattentive when they have a weak hand. When someone likes their hand, they tend to focus, paying attention to each player’s action, and generally sit up a bit more. When they don’t like their hand, they become unfocused, slouch in their chair, watch TV, or talk to someone else at the table.