Poker tell video: Puzzling

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Puzzling

▼ TYPE  Poker tell       ▼ TIME  1 minute, 49 seconds
Video notes

What does it mean when an opponent seems genuinely puzzled and is studying your hand? I talk about that and some other loose ends not covered in the other tell videos.

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The Laws of Tells at the end of many of these videos are extra information and don’t always apply to the preceding tell.

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  1. You said that both checks were weak. Soft check, then the knock and firm “I check.” is usually weak. So, any check is weak? What check is strong?

    1. Hi, Andre —

      Thanks for making your first comment at Poker1.

      Yours is one of the questions that frequently comes up at seminars. Both types of checks are usually weak and you can bet medium-strong hands after seeing them.

      The soft check is often an attempt not to incite a bet (“please don’t bet”), but a strong check with a thud is usually meant to convey confidence and threaten you out of betting.

      So, either one often presents you with an opportunity to profitably bet hands you might otherwise not have.

      To answer your question: An opponent who checks by announcing the action sadly or by acting especially disappointed (or exasperated) is usually strong.

      Straight Flushes,
      Mike Caro

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