Rule As you move up to higher levels of play you begin to look for smaller and smaller tells

At higher levels of poker play, the body-language clues of opponents get smaller. A player who moves his hand just a fraction of an inch, the downturn of a mouth a quarter of an inch for a fraction of a second, or simply a moment of sudden silence might be all that you get. Proof that this is so - that the tells get smaller - is simple. If you go back down to lower-limit games after this, the clues in the game suddenly seem very broad and obvious. (Heads shaking from side to side; angry and dejected looks; muttered obscenities - all tells that seem quite exaggerated in comparison.) At the higher limits you have to learn not only to read smaller and smaller tells but also to give out smaller tells yourself.

  • I ... became keenly aware of micro movements of the hands, head, and body as indications of how a player acted under stress and when he was or was not bluffing».
  • David Hayano, Poker Faces
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