Most people, even pro's have Poker Tells. It is up to you find them, identify them, and find out what they mean. The same tells for one person may mean the exact opposite for another. However, the poker tells we will discuss are pretty solid across the board.
You can find many poker tells in the way a person reacts to a situation.
Considering to Play: After all the cards have been dealt, the people considering to play will usually hold their cards, play with them, or stack them neatly aside while watching the other players. The rest of the players with their cards some other way will most often fold. Therefore there can be many times in a live game when you see not much, "Card handling or placing" at the table.
At these times, you may want to take a stab at buying the pot. Also, look for the players that purposely hold their cards too long. They will usually be watching you and the others and will wait until the last minute before they make their decision. This is a tough to fold sign meaning that that particular player likes to play. They don't really ever want to fold and may sometimes be playing cards they shouldn't.
I'm OK Hand Shrug: This is a poker tell that can be found with hand gestures as well as some body language. If you ask a person how strong there hand is, the may reply, "I'm O. K.", but normally it means they are really strong. Sometime with their hands they may give the hands down folded open gesture of "I'm OK".
It looks like an Italian version of "What" with the hands. 99% of the time when you see this gesture, you may want to fold. There is a very good chance you not only beat, but "Smoked" by a large margin. Be aware of the I'm OK hand gesture.
Players who are talking about you: or your cards may be paying you a compliment or trying to put you on tilt. Listen very carefully to what a person is saying about you because that may likely be a poker tell on how they will play poker against you. If they are saying, " He always beats me" in regards to you, then they may tighten up against you. However, near a crucial moment or at the end of the evening for that person, they may want to take a stab at you if you have been beating them all night.
In this instance, they may play weaker cards against you. On the contrary if they are saying, "Wow what a bad move" when they are talking about you, you should try to play a little stronger cards against them as they might think you're a poor player or you play bad cards. This can be used to your advantage if you're a solid player and you start off betting and raising with a crazy hand and get caught. After that, you can play tight and they may even bet strong into you when you have the NUTS.
The I'm OK Shoulder Shrug: It is the same as the hand shrug but with the shoulders. If you as a person how they are doing or how strong there hand is, they may give you the I'm OK shoulder shrug. This means that they have a very strong hand and by giving you the shrug they mean, "Wait to see my cards" This tell is very effective because the players giving you the, "Shrug" don't realize what they are doing. Even the advanced players that do sometimes can't contain themselves.
The Lean Forward: A person leaning forward is generally very interested in the game. They either have a good hand or are on a good draw waiting to catch. After all, what do you do if you have a good hand or are on a good draw? Lean forward to see the cards right?
Players taking about Themselves: or their cards may generally have good cards-unless they are telling you how bad there cards have been. They may tell you right up front, "If I catch my card your toast" or they may say, "I've been getting great cards today" or , "I can't catch a cold". Listen very carefully as most often these are honest poker tells which means that these statements are very likely true. The person catching good cards all night will probably sit quietly with a smug face as the person getting bad cards may complain more and shake their head back and forth in disgust. These tells may give you the ability to refine the odds of thier particular hand that they have and in essence help you win.