Poker tell video: Instant check

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Instant check

▼ TYPE  Poker tell       ▼ TIME  1 minute, 15 seconds
Video notes

It’s important to watch the way opponents check. Sometimes the time it takes is important. This video explains what I mean.

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  1. In reply to Joe, and to add a possible alternative scenario above that applies to Hold ‘Em —

    I think the instant check in response to a flop, especially from someone in early position, can be a sign also of getting the IDEAL CARDS. I’ve seen the “checks out of turn” often turn out to be monster hands, and quick checks also turn out to be monsters.

    An example …

    Player A (in the big blind) has pocket aces. He’s seen a profitable number of people call a small raise by someone to his left and elects to slow play the aces. In his mind, he’s already deciding that if he gets a third ace on the flop, he’s going to slowplay once more, especially if there is a king or queen as well, hoping that someone with any pocket pair (and especially a king or queen) is sure he’s got the nuts.

    The flop comes ace, queen, 4 rainbow and the exact scenario he’s hoping for has happened. No thinking needed … and he checks immediately in his eagerness to spring his trap.

  2. Hola Mike,

    I’m not sure if you cover this in another video, but I’ll ask anyways, What is your assessment regarding players who check out of turn. I’ve seen this several times on early streets in Hold’em, where a draw heavy board comes out and a player motions to check before the other players have acted, using a hand gesture only with no verbalization. In these situations I’ve observed that the players are holding strong draws. Thoughts?

    Best Regards from the Southern Hemisphere,

    Joe

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