Posted by Dr Fro 5:54 PM
In answer to Junell's question, the following list is what I pay attention to in other players, listed in order of importance / how much I pay attention:
1. If someone preflop raises, I like to see what they had, if they show it at showdown. Most people always play the same starting hands the same way. This can be an extremely useful piece of information later on when you are trying to narrow down the range of hands your opponenent might hold.
2. On a similiar note, I make note of the size of the raise and see what hands get what size raise (this is why you should vary the size of your raises!)
3. Whenever someone is known to have just bluffed, either because they show off their cards after a successful bluff or because they got caught stealing, I immediately replay in what situation they bluffed. This is because most people, whether they realize it or not, bluff somewhat 'systematically'. There are certain situations when some people bluff, like:
- they were betting on the come and are now bluffing on a busted draw
- they have nothing but the board is absolutely frightening (AAKKx, with a flush)
- on a previous round, the betting checked all the way around
It seems to me that some people are very willing to bluff in some scenarios but are very unlikely to bluff in other scenarios.
4. I pay attention to their propensity to put out false tells, which are almost always verbal. Small minded people always state that they have the opposite of what they have. Once you figure that out, it is fairly simple to figure out what these people have.
5. When I go long periods of time in between being involved in hands, I count how many hands people see the flop on. Sometimes I use my chips to help keep count. I am often surprised when I learn that Player X played 8 of 10 hands and Player Y played 0 or 10 hands. Without actually counting, your perception will often be influenced by how loud or obnoxious or otherwise memorable a person was in a hand.
6. Last, I look for tells. The tell-tale-tell is the one mentioned by one of our guest commentors - sudden interest in a hand. I also look for: shaky hands (good hand), standing perfectly still (bluffing) and looking at chips immediately after checking hole cards or seeing the flop (meaning they saw something they liked).