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Poker bluffing laws

  • Poker players are either acting or they aren't. If they are acting, then decide what they want you to do and disappoint them.

  • Players often stack chips in a manner directly indicative of their style of play. Conservative means conservative; sloppy means sloppy.

  • Poker players often buy chips in a manner directly indicative of their style of play. Flamboyant- means flamboyant; guarded means guarded.

  • Any unsophisticated player who bets, then shares his hand while awaiting a call, is unlikely to be bluffing.

  • A trembling bet is a force to be feared.

  • In the absence of indications to the contrary, call any bettor whose hand covers his mouth.

  • A genuine smile usually means a genuine hand; a forced smile is a bluff.

  • The friendlier a bettor is, the more apt he is to be bluffing.

  • A player glances secretly at his chips only when he's considering a bet — and almost always because he's helped his hand.

  • If a player looks and then checks instantly, it's unlikely that he improved his hand.

  • If a player looks and then bets instantly, it's unlikely that he's bluffing.

  • Disappoint any player who, by acting weak, is seeking your call.

  • Disappoint any player who, by acting strong, is hoping you'll pass.

  • Players staring at you are usually less of a threat than players staring away.

  • Players staring at their cards are usually weak.

  • Players reaching for their chips out of turn are usually weak.

  • A weak player who gathers a pot prematurely is usually bluffing.

  • When a player acts to spread his hand prematurely, it's usually because he s bluffing.

  • If a player bets and then looks back at his hand as you reach for your chips, he s probably bluffing.

  • A forceful or exaggerated bet usually means weakness.

  • A gentle bet usually means strength.

  • When in doubt, sit behind the money.

  • When tells conflict, the player is acting. Determine what he's trying to make you do by his most blatant mannerism. Then generally do the opposite.

  • A misdirected bet is almost always a bluff.

  • Beware of sighs and sounds of sorrow.

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