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What Are the Tells in Poker?

Poker is one of the world’s most popular card games. It is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and has many variants. Players place chips into the pot (representing money) and wager on whether they have a winning hand. They can also bluff, attempting to win by convincing other players they have a better hand than they actually do.


A small bet all players are required to make before a hand is dealt. Antes help keep the game fair and increase the potential payouts of a winning hand.


A larger bet made by a player in a betting round. A player who makes a blind bet is said to be ‘in the pot’.


Once the initial betting round in a poker hand is over the dealer deals three cards face up on the table that are community cards that anyone can use. This is called the flop.


When it is a player’s turn to act during a poker hand they may choose to call the previous player’s raise, or raise themselves. If they call the previous raise and have a good hand they should raise their own bet.


Observing a player’s tells is an important part of becoming a successful poker player, however it can be difficult to spot and interpret them accurately. The best way to understand a tell is to watch a player’s body language for subtle changes in their posture, or by looking at their hands and eyes.