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The Poker Player’s Manifesto: Tells

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Apr 29, 2015

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Continuing along in our discussion about knowing our enemy, today we will focus on tells. Two issues ago, we first talked about knowing our opponents’ tendencies and using that information to guide us through hands. Then, we talked about how conditional variables skew general probabilities, like players playing looser or tighter near the bubble. Tells are the greatest of the conditional probabilities and the most useful at the poker table. If our ranging tells us that we’re 20 percent against this opponent, but we pick up a tell that our opponent is bluffing, then suddenly we have much better equity in this hand. All winning poker players know how to range well, but only the best can use tells reliably. Gathering information about tells requires diligent research. First, it is essential to develop a baseline for each and every opponent. Baseline indicators include: Overall body posture; where are their feet, ...


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