How to Read Your Opponents in a Poker Game
Whenever you play poker you need to be able to read your opponents before you can win. Poker is not all about the cards you are dealt, but how you choose to play them – and how your opponents deal with their hands. A lot of the game is to do with luck but much has to do with outwitting opponents; deceiving them, taking advantage of them, and reading their tells. In order to be able to outwit your opponents you need to be able to read their body language because obviously they won’t be verbally telling you what hand they have. Here are a few key tips for mastering the art of body language interpretation in a poker game.



Of course, in Online Poker you will have no chance of reading people’s body language. If you play on the internet you can stop worrying about body language but it does help to understand the basics of this if you are ever to play live – once you understand, you can win big.

Size Up Your Opponents

Before the cards are dealt, take a look around at the people you are playing against. Make a mental note of who looks nervous, who looks aggressive. Look for clues that instantly tell you that someone is a beginner, or a pro. Look for the ones who are drinking heavily, and the ones that seem the most focused. Character and behaviour can change during the game but it is a good idea to get some solid first impressions.

Look For Fake Disinterest

The most obvious sign of inexperienced players with good hands is the faked display of disinterest or annoyance. This may seem like such a clichéd poker move but many people still do this – act upset or annoyed when looking at their hand, to try and conceal what they have. If you are playing against very experienced people then pay no attention to signs of disinterest as these will hardly ever mean anything.

Check for Aggression

When a player is over-aggressive they are highly likely to be bluffing. It is not fool proof, but the people that make a lot of noise or get angry throwing chips around will probably not have a good hand.

Check for Fast Breathing

If the player next to you starts breathing faster, or more heavily, this is usually a sign of their having a good hand. Breathing is hard to fake or cover up, so pay close attention and it could be the sign you are looking for.  As well as breathing, too-fast speech and a person who seems too talkative all at once is often trying to distract from the good hand they have.