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Hesitate and Look Left

You may think that hesitating is not probing, but it can cause opponents to reveal their intentions. Some people are so eager to act or so uninterested in this hand that they indicate what they intend to do. Weak players—especially in smaller games—make extremely obvious signals such as reaching for their chips, picking them up, or starting to fold their cards. A few terrible players even act out of turn

Better players send less obvious, but still informative, signals. For example, if someone is ignoring the action, he will probably fold. If he is intently studying the action, he will probably call or raise.

Time Your Probes

When you probe can be as important as how you probe. Of course, a combination of the right technique and good timing is best.

Closed-ended questions are more effective while you are playing a hand. If an opponent’s reactions tell you which cards he holds, you make or save money.

Open-ended questions are much more effective when the hand is over because your opponents relax. As Tommy Angelo put it, “It’s like they don’t even know the war is still going on.”7 Opponents will often answer questions they would reject while playing. So study the action to prepare your questions, and then ask them in ways that encourage opponents to give away valuable information.

Emotional people are exceptionally careless about giving away information. Let’s say someone is happily stacking his chips after winning a huge pot with weak cards. If you ask respectfully why he played them, you may learn how he thinks. You may also learn something useful about other players. For example, he may say that the bettor has a tell that his cards are weak. He may even describe that tell!

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