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Poker Chip Giveaways

May 8, 2008
Just about every poker player messes with their poker chips when they play. They'll stack 'em and shuffle 'em, they'll flip 'em and twirl 'em; and when it comes to betting they'll splash 'em or place them in neat stacks. If you're paying attention, watching how people play with their poker chips can add some extra cash to your bankroll. Here's a couple of poker chip tells to watch out for.

The chips are suddenly silent:

You find these poker players wherever you play. They are always moving their chips. The shuffle is popular. In fact these gamers mix shuffling and betting in a subtle pattern. But suddenly you see them stop moving their chips immediately after placing a bet. You can safely assume that they are not expecting to win anything.

When people have made hands they're relaxed. Chances are they'd shuffle on with a made hand. The fact that they've stopped shuffling their poker chips shows that they're nervous. They don't want you to call. In this situation, raise. I'm willing to bet they fold.

Flinging down the chips:

Watch carefully for this one. We are all familiar with the fun loving players who just toss the chips into the pot just to hear the exciting clink of the chips. There are others who neatly pile the chips. Now what if without warning you see these people throw caution to the wind and toss the chips into the pot instead of stacking them in their usual orderly manner. You know that something is up.

It is wise to take into account that poker is an intriguing game and is not always what you see. When you see a cautious player acting in a carefree manner they are more often than not just bluffing. Take advantage and raise your stakes. You will learn from this experience what this behavior really means.

What you are looking for with Poker tells are changes in a person's playing norms. Keep a close eye on the rest of the poker group and note any unexpected behavior. Follow your instincts and raise the stakes, you will very likely soon find out what is going on.

Most players not only play with their poker chips during the game, they actually practice playing with them at home. This ends up becoming an unconscience behavior and when players aren't paying attention to what they're doing, they're likely to give away valuable information. So watch the poker chips at your next game and see if you can peel a few extra dollars off that guy who won't stop shuffling his dang chips!
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If you are in need of either 11.5 gram poker chips or are in need of a clay poker chip set, Thom Riemersma recommends that you visit www.elitepokerchips.com for all of your online poker shopping needs.
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