Online Timing "tells"
ok so basically heres a few things ive picked up in my time playing online poker, against mostly weaker players.. and these are not always going to be accurate, but with some players ive picked up on some of these timing tells
and used it to my advantage...
keep an eye out for how long a particular player makes his decisions, if he is usually making his decisions quickly and suddenly asks for time, you have to think why?
a few ones ive picked up on, feel free to add to these....
The delayed check, a long pause and a check usually indicates a weaker hand and you should be comfortable betting.
The delayed bet, usually one of significant strength, the players trying to think of a bet size that will be called, or trying to think of how to go about playing the hand.
the quick check, can either be strength or weakness depending on the player, but in my experience the quick check is someone who is wanting to check raise. or will at least call.
another one is the instabet, this is a sign to me that the player decided to bet no matter what the flop was, say a late position player riased to 3x the blind you call with ace jack. the flop comes k 2 3, you check and your opponant instantly bets, this is a sign to me that he hasnt really thought about the action or he has decided before the flop came what he is going to do, so i raise and he folds instantly.
the quick call after a raise or a reraise- this tells me that they have a good, but not great hand, because if he had a great hand he would think about raising or just calling..
the auto checkfold button-brilliant tell, ive used this many times where ive checked, fearing the flop hit my opponant only to have him insta check, obv with the checkfold button on, and then i bet out any turn card knowing he is weak. you can also use this to your advantage against good players, put the "check" button on when you have a superstrong hand, once the good player checks it will look like youve hit the check fold, when he bets the turn raise him...
basically when someone deviates from his normal action time something is generally up so work out what it means and use it against him, by laying down hands you generally wouldnt or by raising him when you think he may be weak.
the point of showing a few of these tells is that you should look at your own timing and think if you can improove, i like to take a little more time than most players, even though i genearllly know what im going to do before it happens. waiting a little longer will give you time later on to make a big decision and not give an opponant who is watching your timing tells anymore information about your holdings.