How to Get a Read on Your Poker Opponents When You Cannot See Them

Every poker player knows that picking up a read (also known as a tell) on their opponents is crucial to their chances of taking down the big pots. Looking for those tells is much easier playing in a live environment and you can soon know that every time your opponent scratches his nose he is holding a monster hand so it is time for you to fold. However with the internet poker scene how do you pick up those tells when playing online? Here are a few hints and tips to help you do that.

Timing plays a big part here for online poker tells. That timing being how fast or slow your opponents decide to bet or fold after cards are dealt. Now let’s look at a few online timing tells and how they might help to give you an indication of what your opponents have. A good tip here is to use timing tells in conjunction with your opponents’ betting patterns to give yourself a mental picture of the hand they may be holding.

The instant check is generally an indication that your opponent has little and are pretty much giving up the pot or hoping you will also check to give them a free chance at improving their hand. Conversely if the board shows the possibility of a straight or flush draw and your opponent throws out an instant call then they have probably hit their draw. Or if they do the same instant call in reaction to a bet from yourself all the way through the flop, turn and river they could be chasing their draw in the hope of hitting it. If you don’t already have the better hand, beware.


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