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Tells 101

Welcome to the new home of the Tells Audio Course. All new courses will be posted here as they become available. In this podcast series Fox takes you through everything you need to know about reading your opponents at the table. From assessing your opponent’s appearance and general approach to the game, to reading specific tells and learning to be more observant, this course will cover a wide range of topics. A new audio podcast will be uploaded here every week, starting with the basics and moving through to more complicated and in-depth reads. This course will contain between fifteen and twenty separate audio podcasts that you can listen to at the table and exercises you can do while you...
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Creating a False image

Your opponents react, not to what you are, but to what they think you are, and their first impressions have a huge impact on their image of you and the way they process all later information. They will overemphasize information that fits their first impressions and ignore or minimize conflicting data. When you play with a group of strangers, it often pays to create a false first impression. GENERAL PRINCIPLES To have the maximum impact, start with highly visible actions that color everything they will see later. Straddles are very visible, especially if you straddle the first few times you’re in position. Raises, especially check-raises, are much more visible than calls, and checks and folds are almost invisible. If you...
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