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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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Staring at \lou
When it’s your turn to act, an opponent conspicuously staring in your direc-' tion is likely acting. This usually is a dare, an attempt to prevent your bet through intimidation. The opponent may call but will almost never raise. This means that you can bet any medium-strong hand with impunity, not fearing a raise.
So, instead of being intimidated by an opponent staring you down, simply consider that you can make more borderline bets for profit when you hold marginally strong hands.
Reactions after Looking at Their Cards
When opponents look at their cards, they are usually not acting at this point, because they don’t think they’re being scrutinized. Unless you’ll slow up the game, it’s silly to look at your cards while your opponents are looking at theirs. Your cards will still be there later, and if you look at them now, you’ll miss out on some of the most valuable tells in poker.
See if your opponents quickly glance toward their chips after seeing their next cards. This tell usually means they liked what they saw and are planning to bet. This is especially true if they glance at their chips and then stare conspicuously away as if uninterested. This last part — staring away — is what they do think you’ll see after you get done looking at your cards. Remember, players staring away usually have strong hands.
ëOn the other hand, your opponent may not bother to stare away. It’s the quick glance at the chips here that you’ll miss if you’re not watching. This is an especially powerful tell in Hold’em on the flop. Watch your opponents watch the flop. You don’t need to see it yourself just yet. It won’t go away. Also, watch when your opponents first peek at their starting hands. The longer they look, the more likely it is that the hands are weak and they’re pretending to show interest. Conversely, if the opponent looks and recognizes a big hand, he will usually cover it quickly and then pretend to show no interest in pursuing the pot.
Pari V: The Part of Tens
Reaching for Chips
Reaching for chips in anticipation of another person’s bet is often an act. While weak players and beginners who hold strong hands may sometimes reach for their chips before it’s their turn to act, more experienced players don’t do this.
If you’re thinking about betting a borderline hand, see if your opponent reaches for chips as you make a motion toward your stack. If so, there’s a good chance that this was a deliberate act designed to prevent your bet. This means you can comfortably bet many borderline hands that would have been too risky had you not known that your opponent didn’t want you to bet.
A Final Word
Here’s one additional tip about learning to spot tells: Don’t get frustrated.
Most tells aren’t 100 percent accurate. You need to use tells to add weight to the final decisions, just as you might take the exposed cards into consideration. Tells are just another factor to consider along with the strategic action that led up to the current decision — a very powerful factor, but just one factor.
Finally, don’t concentrate on too many players at one time. We recommend that you focus on just a single opponent until you become comfortable reading tells. Trying to see everything can be so overwhelming that you end up seeing nothing
(This chapter provides tips from the legendary “Mad Genius of Poker” Mike Caro. Mike Caro is the founder of the Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy, located at Hollywood Park Casino. Its online campus is at He is also the author of a number of poker books, including Mike Caro's Book of Tells — The Body Language of Poker.)
Chapter 18
Ten Poker Legends
In This Chapter
Stu Ungar Johnny Moss Jack “Treetop” Straus Benny Binion ' Amarillo Slim” Preston Doyle Brunson Johnny Chan Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Scotty Nguyen Chris Moneymaker Honorable mentions
Lroker is the only popular game of skillful human interaction where it’s * possible on any given day to play against the world’s best players. At any of the hundreds of major poker tournaments held in the United States or Europe every year, you could find yourself face-to-face against former world champions such as Scotty Nguyen, Phil Hellmuth, Jr., or Huck Seed. Ever heard of them? How about T. A. Preston? Name sound familiar? He’s better known as “Amarillo Slim.” If No-Limit Texas Hold’em is your game, you might get raised by none other than Johnny Chan, who appeared in the film, Rounders. Chan won two World Series of Poker titles back to back!
If you visit Las Vegas, you could go head-up against Doyle Brunson, also known as “Texas Dolly.” Brunson has been called the “Babe Ruth of poker” — a fitting moniker among poker players that does as much for the late Bambino’s image as Brunson’s. He’s a living legend and a two-time world champion. Just walk into casinos in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, London, and places in between, and you’ll see players who have electrified the game and thrilled millions of viewers on ESPN, the Discovery Channel, and in several championship poker videos.
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