Tells are actions, generally involuntary, that can reveal hidden information. For instance, a person may look away from a flop if it didn't help their hand - they would like that information to stay secret, but may not be able to control their reaction.

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How do you recognize when you are playing “on tilt”?

Whether it's from a series of bad beats or comments made at the table, sometimes we start playing on tilt, and let our emotions get the best of us. This leads to sloppy play, poor decisions, and ...
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How do you hide your tells?

How can you identify what your physical tells are, and hide them? Once you've identified your tells, should you work at suppressing them, or is it better to deliberately give your tells at strategic ...
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How to detect tells online?

I know there ara some tips to detect tells while playing live, but how can you do it while playing poker online? What should I look for?
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Revealing a Friend's Tells

You have a friend with whom you play regularly. You want to help each other get better, and you frequently discuss strategy, hands, etc. You've picked up on a tell of his. Do you ... Tell him about ...
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How to deal with overcards in the flop

OK, so you've been dealt QQ and you're feeling pretty good about things and throw out a few BBs. Everyone folds but the villain. The flop comes and it contains a rocket. Whatever happens next, I ...
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What is Teddy KGB's tell?

Toward the end of the film Rounders, the main protagonist, Mike McDermott, decides to play his $20k bankroll against Teddy KGB in Texas Hold'Em, after the latter taunts him. After an indeterminate ...
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Calling out tells

A friend of mine has a habit of pointing out others' tells to the group that we are playing with (eg, "John just moved his card like so--he definitely has at least a pair"). I argued that this is bad ...
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What impression does a smile give?

There's always a lot of serious expressions around the poker table. Sometimes I find this amusing and when someone looks at me like Vincent Vega I get the urge to smile or laugh. Is this a bad thing? ...
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Does 'super stillness' emphasize strength or weakness?

When an opponent raises pot sized bet on the river after its checked to him/her, and stays very very still, doesn't respond to comments and doesn't move at all, does it mean they are very weak or very ...
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mathematical profit

Mathematically speaking, if you make the right bet (call) every time the outs and pot odds are in your favour and fold when they're not, shouldn't you have about 95% chance of making profit in the ...
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Giving off subtle, fake tells to sharks. Possible strategy?

Lets say that you have identified a shark at your table. He plays TAG by the books and has been consistently winning at a slow and steady pace. It is obvious that he has knowledge of poker and it can ...
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What actions can I take to safely convince others that I am a bad player?

In a live casino (specifically 3 rivers casino) NLH $1/$2 I would like to be labeled as the table idiot. My plan is to come in on a Saturday night after the Pirates play their ballgame while wearing ...