Playing poker also means the need to observe people and their behaviour. Everyone around the poker table gives out cues about their personality. There will be these little gestures which say something about their strengths, doubts, weaknesses, among others. Some indicate that they have good cards and you should fold and some may give a clue that they will eventually fold their hand.
If you have been playing for a while, you might have actually observed a ton of this poker tells. A good number of top notch poker players write these observations down. Scribble them down and read them again through the years so you will not forget them. Also you can validate your observation when you face the same players again.
Do not be surprised if you observe the poker tells over and over again. Every poker player will have the same mistake over and over again. This is true and you will not only observe it while on a poker table but you can see it every day at work, at the airport, restaurant, etc. Practicing how you read poker tells outside the poker room will sharpen your skills on picking up small behaviour giveaways.
There is not shortcut in developing this skill. It will be best to practice reading behaviors even of people outside the poker room.
Observe how your opponents sit, how much area they want on the poker table, how they react, and what small things do they keep on doing. This is building your poker intelligence and knowing something about your opponent is vital if you want to push all in or back down during a critical poker situation.
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