MCU poker tip: Smoking at the poker table

I don’t smoke, and I know that many players are irritated by opponents smoking at the poker table. I don’t want to get into the debate about smoking. I do want to advise you, though, that if you’re in a game where smoking is allowed, there is a powerful tell that often surfaces.

If a player who’s smoking bets and then exhales a cloud of smoke, that player is relaxed and probably holds a big hand. If, on the other hand, the player swallows the smoke, lets it out in barely noticeable wisps or doesn’t exhale at all, there’s a very good chance you’re facing a bluff.

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Known as the “Mad Genius of Poker,” Mike Caro is generally regarded as today's foremost authority on poker strategy, psychology, and statistics. He is the founder of Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy (MCU). See full bio → HERE.

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