Tells in poker are a popular subject, partly because of the way tells often receive a lot of attention in cultural depictions of poker.
For example, movies featuring poker scenes love to highlight poker tells as a way of increasing suspense. From Paul Newman’s emotionless raising street after street (“kick a buck”) in Cool Hand Luke to Teddy KGB’s fiddling with Oreo cookies in Rounders to Le Chiffre’s weeping eye in Casino Royale, tells often receive a lot of attention in such portrayals of the game.
In reality, understanding the significance of tells in poker is only a small part of learning strategy, and indeed tells often only become meaningful in certain, special situations. The subject did come up a few times, though, during this week’s strategy articles on PokerNews, and so for that reason we’re highlighting tells as the theme of a new installment of “The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz.”
What follows are eight multiple choice questions, all having to do with the subject of tells (including some derived from this week’s articles). Answering six or more correctly will earn a passing grade, and if you happen to miss any you’ll be shown the right answer along with an explanation. And of course you can always look back through the week’s Strategy articles if you need any help along the way.
You look confident. Does that mean you’re strong on this subject? Or is it a false tell...?