Originally Posted by sweetlew09
I'm just asking but if you talk a lot like Phil Laak, is it kind of harder to get a read off of you? Because if you are constantly talking, then other people can't tell if you are just being normal or giving off tells right?
It's possible this could work but unless you're very
experienced, most likely you'll just end up giving away more information than you meant to. Better to just minimise the chatter.
Originally Posted by hobonc
Send false tells when you have a monster hand that makes it look like you are nervous. Accidently knocking over a stack of chips when cutting out a bet. Bounce your heel up and down. Look into opponents eyes for a split second, then look away quickly. After doing this a couple times where the hand is shown, switch tactics and act real confident the next couple times you have the goods. You'll have them so confused they won't know what to think.
I'd have to caution against how dangerous this can be too, for a few reasons.
Firstly you don't know how other players are interpreting your tells, so you could actually get some wrong. Bouncing your heel up and down, for example - you're saying it should be used as a sign of weakness. But when it's a natural/reflex action, "happy feet" are actually a sign of huge strength (Joe Navarro calls the feet the most honest part of the body, and considers it one of the most reliable tells in poker). So while you're trying to project an image of weakness using that "fake tell" you're in fact giving them accurate information.
Trying to keep all your fake tells straight in your head will take up a LOT of mental energy too. If you've got to spend all that time and energy focussing on your fake tells, you're almost certainly missing out on important information from other players at the table, and not giving yourself the best chance to make the best decision in the hand.
So unless you're really
well practiced at using fake tells and
you're confident in how the other players at the table are going to interpret them, I'd just stick to the basics.
Originally Posted by pokerjack43
Dont worry about hiding tells, 90% of people cannot interpretet them correctly anyway.
While it's true that most players won't know how to interpret them, I still think it's worthwhile to practice tell concealing behaviour - it's actually really easy to do and even if it only saves you money in 10% of hands, that's still a saving.
Here's the easiest way to conceal the majority of your tells:
1 - Be consistent in your actions on every hand.
2 - Find a comfortable sitting position, and try to maintain it.
3 - When you're in a hand, put your elbows on the table rail and clasp your hands in front of your mouth.
4 - When you're making bets, checking your cards, etc, make your actions reasonably slow, smooth and deliberate.
5 - If you want to, wear sunglasses and/or a hat. You'll look like kind of a douche, but it might help.
Get onto YouTube and look up some videos of Chris Ferguson playing for some examples - he pretty much nails this stuff. Because you're doing the same thing every hand it doesn't take much mental energy, allowing you to focus on the game better. And it's not foolproof, but it'll conceal a huge proportion of your tells.
Or if you want to get into more detail, check out Read 'em and Reap
by Joe Navarro.