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Hearing Tells

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Sep 28, 2016


In the last column I discussed spotting tells. I stated that when it comes to spotting tells, poker players and authors fall into three categories, skeptics, believers, and subconscious utilizers. The skeptics state firmly that tells are relatively unimportant. They are difficult to spot, since there are so many opponents and so much going on. Even when spotted, you have to correctly diagnose what they mean. And when you spot a tell and correctly read its meaning, it is still useless unless it leads to your achieving a better result than you would have gotten otherwise. In order to continue my refutation of the skeptics, I want to present one more piece of evidence of the importance of spotting tells. I presume virtually everyone has seen the movie Rounders. It includes a real film clip from the 1988 World Series of Poker battle between Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel. To ...

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