Online Poker Tells Identified in Victor Chandler Poker SurveyOnline Poker Tells Identified in Victor Chandler Poker Survey’Poker tells’ are subconscious clues that players give out about the strength of their hands. But do such clues exist in the rapidly growing world of online poker where the only contact between players is via a computer screen London, UK July 12, 2004 New research from Victor Chandler Poker, www.vcpoker.com suggests that online poker tells do indeed exist. Thanks to classic films such as Rounders and The Cincinnati Kid that have dramatized the world of high-stakes poker, the gaming world has always been fascinated with the psychology of the game. And a large part of that psychology is the ability to read your opponents, to pick up on the subconscious tells that every player gives. Whether it’s the way they stack their chips or look at their cards, many a poker player has been sent home broke after a tell has let slip the strength of their hand. The rise of online poker was thought to have removed the role of tells from the poker table. But the research from Victor Chandler Poker, Europe’s fastest growing online poker room, suggests that a new set of tells are being discovered in the online game. Offline and online poker tells Victor Chandler surveyed regular online poker players and asked them about both offline and online poker tells. In the physical world, the most common tells were a player’s eyes (it seems they really are the windows to the soul), facial expressions and playing with chips. The top three online poker tells were: * Quickness to respond, reported by 76% of respondents a very fast check can indicate a weak hand, quick bets on the turn or river can often indicate a strong hand. * Slowness to respond, reported by 73% of respondents a pause followed by a check can often indicate weakness, while a delay followed by a raise often indicates strength. * Automatic play, reported by 68% of respondents a lazy approach to the auto buttons lets a player slip into a set pattern of play. Any breaks in this pattern are clear tells. Online poker players are relaxed but the survey also indicated that online poker players were more relaxed about tells, with only 31% of players actively looking for tells in their online opponents; yet, if playing offline poker, 58% said they […]
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