Originally Posted by froghump
ok, so far i feel like when a player makes a big bet or all in, and he starts squirming or looking around or moves in an awkward manner, he's bluffing.
but then again there is a thin line here because players are usually shaky or scared like if they have a monster. in fact i am guilty of mimicing these tells when i am bluffing to trick other players.
does anyone else notice this, or have any tells they have noticed they want to share?
First off, you usually need to sit with another player for a good 30 minutes to an hour to get a really good feel for any sort of tells so be careful about risking an entire stack in the first 5 minutes on what might be a tell. One thing I always look for with bluffs or weakness and works very often is the player grabbing his food or drink as he awaits your decision, this almost always indicates weakness and I have even caught myself doing it before....beware it does not mean he has 5 high, he may very well have top pair on a scary board, the strength of your hand is a big factor on whether you feel you are ahead. The other one I look for is a sudden powerful nature or stern nature to their voice as they make their bet...a player with a stronger hand is more likely to speak softer, higher pitched than normal, or not at all when placing their bet. The stare down factor is badly overrated...I have found a stare down on the flop or turn indicates weakness, but after the river I find more often than not it indicates strength, I haven't a clue as to why this is the case but I'm not a psychologist. The player "sitting stiff" or not moving much is not a very reliable one either since I find many players who are holding the nuts often do this trying to get a call, it seems to be the one fake move many players try and pull...the hands or arms not moving is usually more reliable than the body itself being stiff.
As for trying to fool players with these tells you'd better be sure he/she is a good player, I know since I play with the same 25-50 guys/girls on a regular basis which ones I can pull out fake tells on/who will notice and which ones will either not see it or not understand the significance. If you can use these well and not overdo them they can be very helpful if say you play in a WSOP
or WPT event and get a couple of pros at your table, if you establish an amateur image as someone who would not be smart enough to use fake tells you can certainly pull a few pots away.