Online tells are more difficult to see than live poker reads. In live poker you can often look at a player and know if they want you to call or not. Online, look at their blinking icon all you want, but it’s not going to sweat or smile at you. However, there are some fairly consistent tells that you can look for. Here are the few tells I put some stock in and play from regularly.
1. The No Think Postflop Bettor. This is the guy who raised preflop and put out a post flop bet so fast that you wonder if he’s human. There’s no way he could have examined the board and thought about things before he threw out that bet. What does this mean? More often than not it means he’s bluffing. Think about it. Even if you have AA, you should have to think a little, look at the flop, consider how much you can make off the next bet, etc. Almost every hand in depoqq requires thought EXCEPT for the bluff that you committed yourself to make before the flop was even dealt. Now he may have AK and it’s a continuation bet. He may have a lot of hands that could improve. Or, he may have a mid pocket pair. But the bet screams, “Fold, please fold”. Maybe you should fold. Maybe you shouldn’t. However, this is very often a sign of some weakness.
2. The Slow Click Bettor. This guy is the opposite of the quick bettor. He more than likely has a GREAT hand. If he normally plays at a regular pace and he, all of a sudden, had to think before betting; then he’s calculating how much to bet. When do you do that? When you have a hand and want to: eliminate drawing odds, figure the best value bet to make, decide how to keep people paying to play, etc. So be careful of this guy and realize that he may have a monster hand. Note, though, that online there are times when someone simply wasn’t paying attention or had connection issues that cause a slow bet. But don’t assume they are weak just because they took a while to think. Often that’s a sign of strength.
3. The Habitual Slow Player. Watch what cards are shown at the end of each hand. Remember who bet and who raised. When you spot someone who didn’t raise AA or KK preflop, mark them as an habitual slow player. Everyone slow plays a hand every once in a while. If you hit a set with pocket pair, etc, maybe you will check/call the flop. However, someone who consistently will not raise preflop a legit raising hand is an habitual slow player. Keep that in mind. If he shows a willingness to fold on the flop when he misses, you want to be careful. And if he comes out of the woods with a big, unexplained bet late in a hand, then you may want to think three or four times before calling his bet.
4. The Suited Sucker. As soon as someone turns over Kx suited start thinking “suited sucker”, unless he was on the blind. Look at his position, the earlier his position the more of a suited sucker he is. Keep that in mind and watch out when he turns into the “Flush/Draw Chaser.”
5. The Flush/Draw Chaser. This is an easy player to spot. They love chasing draws cheap. Watch them to see how much they are willing to pay (as a % of the pot) to draw, then act according. If you want them to fold, bet more. If you want to pull them along, bet less. If a draw hits and they come out of the woods with a big bet or raise, then say “congratulation on hitting your draw” and fold. (Don’t actually say it, though.)
These are just a few online tells. What tells do you have recorded in your poker journal?