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Even though seeking to completely control one's tells is a good goal to aim for, it may be a good idea not to give them a chance of happening. One way of accomplishing this, noted in Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, is not to look at your cards until it is your turn to act (before the Flop in Texas Hold'em). Or, to state it in a more general way: The less ...


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If you want to see him become a better poker player, tell him. If not, keep it to yourself.


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I can think of two tell-tale signs: Is your heart racing? whether you are excited because you are doing well or poorly, you might want to take a breather and calm down a bit. Are you starting to get personally invested in a particular player? do you feel riled up? do you want to teach them a lesson? do you get a rush from their misfortune? Again, you might ...


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In addition to codesparkle's great advice, I think the other key thing (as noted in Joe Navarro's Read 'Em and Reap) is to replace your tells with routine. Have a set (and comfortable) base position that you return to every time, likely with your elbows on the table, hands covering your mouth. Consciously strive to make your actions (looking at cards, ...


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Firstly, I'm using my words very precisely here as this area is rife with poor distinctions and that itself is due to the subject material. "Tells" are what I consider traits that are outside of what you should consider "Game Mechanics" or (GM). GM's are all the explicit things you'd see that are non-player specific and intrinsic to the workings of the ...


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This would differ from person to person. If I had to generalize it I would say you are playing on tilt when "You are making decisions with no sound reason." Being on tilt can also be physical: Is your heart rate increasing? Do you feel like you are breathing harder? Emotionally: Are you angry? Do you emotionally feel like you are a yo-yo? The best ...


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In online poker the only tells you can get are: timing tells when a player start talking in the chat (the poker site usually don't allow it when someone is all-in to make it more difficult to cheat) You should treat bet sizing as a FACTOR of the hand, and consider it and keep it in mind in EVERY hand, not handle it like a tell. Tells can help you win the ...


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My experience is that I'm on tilt if I make a decision that I know to be suboptimal; for example, I know that I shouldn't make a call but do it anyway. It can be hard to tell, but if it feels like you're playing looser than usual, that's a good sign.


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If you want to help each other get better, you should tell him. Play against each other hard, but away from the table you can both benefit if you are each other's ally. If you tell him about his tell, you might be surprised when he reciprocates and tells you about yours.


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Tilt is defined by betting patterns, not so much mental state or emotions, etc. People can be completely lucid, irate, arrogant or in any other form unusual to that specific player and still make the optimal play in each situation, which by definition makes them not tilting. The most common forms of tilting are when a player changes their typical betting ...


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It's challenging to accomplish, but taking a long view of poker is a good way to hide tells. If you don't let yourself get caught up in wishing for a specific outcome or action, then you are less likely to show nerves or excitement/disappointment. Dissociate your thoughts from the money and approach each situation as you would if the situation were posed as ...


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Your QQ hand has the greatest value before the flop because it is 1) a made pair and 2) a high one. Once the rocket comes on the flop, your hand loses most of its value, and you should check and fold (calling occasionally to keep people honest) if the rocket comes on the flop, and someone bets. Most people will stay in preflop with A-x. If you are first to ...


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Don't talk during hands. The less you communicate, the less you risk giving away. Don't try to stare down an opponent. A lot is revealed in your eyes. I like to look at a spot on the table in front of me if I am being scrutinized by an opponent. Take your time. Especially when you've already made up your mind. Make it a habit to count to 10 slowly inside ...


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1) When you receive your hole cards - relax, hold your breath and catch a moment when everyone is busy looking at their cards. Then look at your cards slowly and then think about something neutral (concentrate on a thought how you don't really care what you're holding right now). It's better to look at your cards before your turn to act, otherwise you'll ...


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I'd tell him, as long as he tells me when he figures out my tells. It's a great way to help each other grow. That being said, I'd tell him after the game I figured it out in.


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For the most part, you shouldn't rely on online tells, because they can be fairly easily faked. That said, there is one tell that translates to online play: bet size. Obviously it will vary by player, but if you pay attention you may find that min-bets and pushes say something about the size of the player's hand.


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Playing "on tilt" is playing while thinking with your emotions instead of your head. To avoid tilting, concentrate on your thought process throughout the game, and think all of your actions through. When you notice that you are no longer doing so, you are either on tilt or otherwise distracted. At this point you should take a break until you cool down and ...


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Poker is a game about ranges. As such, there is no cookie-cutter answer to questions like this. You want to figure out the range of villain, and figure out how best to play against it. For example, if you opened in UTG and villain called from UTG+1 and he does this with a range of {AQ+,JJ-99} then it's probably best simply to check/fold on the flop: he has ...


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If you're playing a Zoom table where you don't necessarily get to pick up on the tendencies of other players, always try to take into account what the rest of the board looks like. For example, when the flop comes A-X-X, do the XX cards give a possible straight/flush draw? If the board is A-9-8 with two clubs and you're getting action, its likely the ...


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When I'm tilting I start to open up my range of hands wider and play them badly out of position. I also start shouting at the screen after bad beats. I start to chase hands against people that have given me a bad beat, trying to get revenge. If I notice these things I stand up for a minute have a stretch compose myself and get back to it. I dont tilt for ...


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Before making a big decision, try asking yourself if you would have made the same decision at the beginning of your session. If the answer is no, ensure you can convince yourself that you are using tells/flow/something to change your decision from what you would do "in a vacuum".


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When you normally think through hand ranges but you suddenly stop thinking about hand ranges.


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I used to tilt all the time, then I heard an awesome quote, I'm not sure who said it but since I heard it, it really changed my thinking. "Luck is just probability taken personally" Those times when you're in tilt, and all you can think is "why am I so unlucky in such important spots?", really you're not unlucky at all, you can and will lose with the ...


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IMHO, even if you manage to calculate your odds perfectly well, in every hand, if you are sit in a 9 players table, you'd win the pot 1/9 time (in a purely probabilistic way). Now, just try to imagine if your hands are weak before the flop (or turn/river) and someone, for any reason, breaks the odd every hand you play, because he saw you were playing that ...


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If I'm the one opening with a raise, I'll represent the Ace/King with a c-bet. If I get called, I'll shut down and look to check-fold to a bet. If somebody calls my c-bet, they almost always have the Ace, or have the Ace beat. From a 2nd level perspective, if I've opened the pot with a raise, the Ace is one of the cards I'm supposed to have in my hand. So ...


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One thing I've seen in tournament play is over betting prior to the flop with JJ-KK if you don't want to see them busted. I try not to do this myself unless I'm short stacked. It is common to see AA by the river since many players will call a typical bet or raise with A+anything. If I have any pocket pair and see an overcard on the flop I'll typically bet ...


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There's a lot of sign that tells You You are on tilt. You should be careful with them, every people and every tilt is different, it depends on personality too. But there are a lot common signs. For example: You are counting your loss and You want your money back ASAP. This is one of the most dangerous effects of tilt. You are angry, HERE you can find the ...


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When playing fast games online (~ 30 seconds of decision time), the time a person takes to decide can be a tell-tale sign. Of course, general lag, and intentionally long pauses make this an inexact science, but on average, if a person takes too long to make a decision (longer than 2/3-rds of the clock), chances are they are unsure of their choice. As ...



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