This is a discussion on The Biggest Tell... within the online poker forums, in the Live Poker section; Like many, I do not put much stock in "tells." But, for those who do, what part of the body gives off the greatest tells?
Anything different from normal demeanor. Simple conversation with someone can give normal mannerisms, what ever strays from that could be a tell. Speech has been a place where information was given about hands.
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I played live a few times, and i am a socially awkward alien type personality creepy weirdo.So one time i did bluff i was sweating and starting random chat saying cringy irrelevant things, then looking at the ceiling looking at my chips and touching them scratching my elbow like some mosquito bit it taking deep breath like i was running 2 hours. and the other guy was tanking the whole time and i told him, man if you cant tell already that i am bluffing you are not good at this thing.And he snap fold, so i do not know what is happening, i would prolly be a losing player at any stake any place possible at Live Poker, even if its easier than online, if my finances go well i would like to take part in some live tournaments though.
It depends on the player. New live players will be nervous when they have a good hand and shake a little when putting chips into the pot. Regular players you need to watch and learn their tells. Watch the heart beat in their neck, how they put their chips in the pot, what they are looking at or trying not to look at, posture is a tell, etc. There are all kinds of tells, you just have pay attention and figure who has what tell.
I tend to bring variety in my behaviour while playing live poker. Because i cant really control my breathing when im serious, so if im serious and im bluffing i start to breath deeply. Thats something i need to work on , but its very difficult. Like an instinct.
I have recently been able to pick up on a few tells that are usually fairly consistent from player to player. Obviously it doesn't happen with every player, but when I notice it the tell is usually good every time. I watch the other players when they look at their cards preflop. A lot of the players at the $1/$2nl level will check their hole cards as soon as they get them. If they like their cards they will reach for chips to either call or raise. If they do not like their cards they will get uninterested in the other players and they will be ready to toss their cards in the muck as soon as they see what they are holding. I use this tell to help me play from early position. Some times, like when I am in the blinds or UTG I will just wait when it is my turn to bet. I will just watch the others. I take my time absorbing all the information the others will give me. Sometimes I wait so long people will tell me it's my turn to bet. I will say, "Oh....ok," look at my cards, and then proceed according to the information I have just seen