Paul Phua has been very active with his YouTube account for the Paul Phua Poker School. If you don't know, Phua has been offering up a bunch of free content and tips, which has tons of value for beginner and intermediate players. Phua tapped into a stable of some of the biggest high stakes pros on the planet. They all shared some thoughts on the best/basic visual tells. Phua got clips from noted pros such as Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett, Steve O'Dwyer, Timofey 'trueteller' Kuznetsov, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and Lucas Greenwood.
British pro Sam Trickett suggested advice for intermediate players, "I try and think what message is my opponent trying to give off. For example, if he's trying to look weak, I'm probably more inclined to think he's probably strong, because it's hard for someone to have the confidence to look weak when they are weak. You know, to double bluff. It's more common that people try and do the opposite to how they actually are."
German superstar Fedor Holz focused on confidence. "It's mostly just the general feeling for how confident people are. What's my intuition about that person: is he more comfortable or not?"
American high-stakes crusher Steve O'Dwyer on the determining what the shakes mean... "For people that are shaky it can be tough. Some people always are shaky because they're just playing high stakes, and playing over their head and just always nervous. Some people are nervous and shaky when they have a big hand, some people are nervous and shaky when they have only a bluff and they're super-calm if they have a good hand. So, you just have to watch people closely."
The one and only "trueteller" a.k.a. Timofey Kuznetsov explained how amateurs give off the most tells, but pros will tip you off if they get lazy. "The tells that an experienced player will do, they sometimes come from being careless a little bit. Just, like, they're not focused enough and they give up something."
Lucas Greenwood suggested tells that develop as a hand progresses. "It's a combination of someone's behavior throughout the hand, and about noticing inconsistencies from pre-flop to flop, turn or river. It's more likely that they're bluffing because it doesn't really add up."
The man, the myth, the legend Jungleman shared some of his secrets about how opponents move. "More of what they do when they aren't bluffing, actually, is more important. You need to pay attention to both to really tell whether someone's bluffing or not."
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