I have a hard time figuring out when an online player is bluffing. I know bet sizes are a pretty easy sign and whether pre-flop raises are in play, but are there more subtle hints as to when an online player is bluffing?
Getting a tell from a player on-line is really hard, some will over-bet the pot, others will shove all-in when they are bluffing, the problem is you get no information from them at all, and you really do have to be careful.
This is one reason I stay at low level stakes when playing on-line, Live games are a totally different game and the important thing to remember is to watch every hand played whether you are involved or not, because you can also watch the other players reactions to different situations, and pick up on some little tells
that repeat themselves, when you are involved.
A player I used to come up against regularly, had a habit of straightening his cards so they lay exactly on top of each other when he had a good hand, but if he had rubbish he laid them down where they fell, because he showed no interest in them, and if he bet when the cards were neatly stacked I knew he had a monster, if they were dropped where they fell I knew he was bluffing, especially if he kept looking at his cards, to check during the hand.
On-line it is more down to you and how you play, that really matters, You cannot get any read's or tell's from players mannerisms or habits, so it comes down to your instincts and you have to ask yourself, would you have played the hand any different, in his position?
I really do have to be in the right mood to play well on-line, and sometimes when I know I am losing I will call an all-in from someone just to get the game over and go do something else, playing Micro/low stakes allows me to do this, without it costing me a fortune.
When the fun Stops, STOP!