live reads are funny to me because back when i first started playing (after watching rounders and around the time of moneymaker), i thought that was what the game was all about- if you can read your opponents faces than you can read their hand, and then you can outplay them...
now i think ive taken more of a step back, but there are definitely things you can use and things you can pick up on players.
- timing tells are a lot of the time a dead give away. can't tell you how many times agro grinders have insta donked flush turn cards after calling a raise on the flop only to find out they just turned their marginal top pair into a bluff. most of the time, insta bets and insta calls are pretty weak holding, as most folks usually want to take at least a few seconds to think about how much value they can get when they actually have a hand.
-mouth tension. even some of the better players ive seen will still have their lips tighten uncontrollably in the middle of a hand if they are put to a sweat and they don't have what they are repping.
-hands. in my experience, everyone does slightly different things with their hands, but usually if a player is in the middle of a hand, what they are doing with their hands in comparison to when theyre not involved in a hand is drastically different.
that said, I think caro's main hypothesis of strong is weak and weak is strong is generally true - you just have to find out when they are acting and when they aren't.
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