One of the key for online poker success is to be able to spot and exploit online poker tells.
This is a true online poker skill, as most players are somehow aware of these strong clues betraying their opponents’ hand strength. but few players succeed in really making it a strategy to use this information systematically.
The main online poker tells are as follow. These are regular tells used by average players, and you will see a lot of them at most online poker rooms such as PokerStars. But skilled players know how to conceal their tells and use them deceptively.
The quick check shows strength, while a delayed check tend to indicate some weakness. Basically a player who does not check immediately wants to pretend that he is thinking if he should bet or not, implying that he has a somehow strong hand, when in reality he has a weak hand. Conversely the player who seeks to trap with a strong hand will check fast to pretend to have a weak hand.
Another online poker tell is the delayed bet which normally corresponds with strength. If a player has a very strong hand, he does not want to bet instantly, as this usually means a monster and his wise opponents will fold. But he does not want to check either, and this is the way to go: bet your strong hands. So he bets but pretends to think about it, representing a hand somehow strong but not that strong, and hoping to get one caller with a medium strength hand.
This is why this next tell is kind of the opposite of the previous one: the quick bet may represent weakness. Here a distinction is in order. The total newbie will make a fast bet with strong hands. But the somehow tricky player with a tendency for loose play and some bluffing will make a quick bet when he has a weak hand in order to discourage callers. So know who you are playing against before you make a judgment.
Finally and this is one of the strongest online poker tells, the insta-call shows a lot of strength (in online poker lingo, “insta” means instantaneous). Strength because the caller knew and was ready to act given his strong hand; but he knew that he would not raise given that he hopes to increase the pot at the next street (with another call or a raise this time).
Use these online poker tells wisely and you bankroll will rise.