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Poker Tells
Poker tells are often called the body language of poker, but tells have never been only about body language. Online players have no physical bodies to betray their thoughts, but actions do. Tells are simply the act of involuntarily betraying information. You don't have to be seen, or even have a body for that.

A tell can be any activity that that discloses useful information to your opponents. The Stall is a very old tell and goes back to time when players played at two tables. Stall was one of the most absurdly obvious, predictable and exploitable actions online. Inexperienced players would stall before betting the river when they had a powerful hand, as if they were uncertain of what to do. Many years later now, The Stall is employed just as often now by more experienced players as also a reverse tell, to try and pretend to have strength. This makes The Stall now quite unreliable, but it still is a tell nonetheless. It is just harder to make out what it means.

Now when some players play as many as eight games at a time, slow play is quite a regular occurrence. The importance in observing a Stall now occurs when a player breaks from their usual betting patterns. For example, if a player has been playing crisply -- apparently with a good connection and only playing one game -- but then suddenly goes into a Stall, this will nearly always mean something. On the other hand, if a player who has been playing slowly suddenly is making bets rapidly as soon as it is his turn, this too means something. It will not have the same meaning in all cases, but simply being aware that an opponent has changed their normal behavior will almost always be helpful in that it should wave a warning flag in front of your eyes.