I reviewed video footage of a student playing a PLO session recently and a seemingly innocuous hand caught my eye. The student had raised the betting pre-flop and been called by a player in the big blind. The flop came down:
His opponent checked, my student bet and his opponent raised. My student raised the betting again, his opponent raised the betting once more in response and my student folded his bluff. From my student’s perspective that was all there was to it.
I have omitted one piece of information that I was privy to as the viewer: my student had raised his opponent’s check-raise almost instantaneously. The problem with this timing is that if he had a strong hand here our hero would need to have thought a little about his decision before raising. Our hero had a bet timing ‘tell’: he had unintentionally emitted information which a skilled opponent could use against him.
It is likely that our opponent in the example above recognized my student’s tell. If so, he was using a superior decision metric to outplay my student