Poker tell video: Under the table

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Under the table

▼ TYPE  Poker tell       ▼ TIME  1 minute, 27 seconds
Video notes

Players sitting nearby often can be observed more completely than players sitting across the table.

It’s often profitable to scrutinize neighboring opponents by glancing under the table. Sometimes, you’ll see what’s shown in this video.

Bonus notes

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. once while sitting out a hand and two other players in a hand playing, i noticed that one guy had the foot bouncing like this video..only i put him on a draw and as soon as the river made a flush he stopped and raised… he had the flush..he was nervous about calling all the way down and missing the river..

  2. I noticed in this scenario that you elected just to call with a K high. Wouldn’t a bet be safer there, as Red Leader might be bluffing with an A that didn’t connect? I guess the board could have included one. Also, I’m told I read too deeply into things …

    1. Hi, Thomas –

      You’re right. You’ll find an article — either already here or pending transfer — in which I examine the concept of not risking half the pot when you believe both you and an opponent hold garbage. You should often bet.

      But betting in the video would have spoiled the tell, and sometimes betting isn’t worth the risk. In fact, if I had bet, this tell would never had existed, since it’s about the opponent’s mannerisms following his bet.

      How likely is it that the bluff came from a better hand? Will I gain psychological leverage by just calling and winning? What are the chances that I’m misreading the tell? These are all considerations to ponder before deciding.

      Sometimes betting IS better.

      Straight Flushes,
      Mike Caro

      1. My apologies, Sir. I meant to ask, wouldn’t a raise have been safer?

        You know us internet phenoms. Always messing up terminology & procedure, always trying to click the table, and that out of turn … ;)

  3. Hey Mike!

    Great video, thanks for the info. I was wondering if you may kindly fix the sound for the next vids please? It a little muffled. Looking forward to your next vids!

    Best Regards,

    1. Hi, Leah —

      Thanks for being an early contributor to our growing Poker1 family.

      I agree that the audio drops off sometimes, especially the background conversations. There’s not much we can do about this, because that’s the way the video was filmed and edited, but we’ll be adding exclusive new Poker1 video and audio content soon.

      After we get Poker1 up and running in its entirety (remember, you’re watching the new P1 as it is being constructed), maybe we’ll see if we can tweak the sound a bit. But that’s not at the top of our to-do list right now.

      You can follow our daily site building, along with the mistakes, by accessing the to-do list and change log from the home page.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      Straight Flushes,
      Mike Caro

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