Articles by: Zachary Elwood

Poker Tells … Shaniac Tells All

Zachary Elwood | February 15, 2015

Shane Schleger on Dan Colman, poker tells, and getting it quietly Shane Schleger, also known by his online handle “Shaniac,” has been playing poker professionally for more than a decade. Between 2011 and 2013, he was a PokerStars Team Online player, concentrating mainly on tournaments. Because of Black Friday, Schleger had to move out of [...]

Poker Tells … Gabriel Goffi

Zachary Elwood | November 15, 2014

The Brazilian gives us a look at Brazilian cash games, tells, and yes, scarves Gabriel Goffi is a 25-year-old professional poker player from Brazil. He’s played in some of the highest stakes games, both online and live. His online screen name was verve.oasis. Goffi is also a businessman and an entrepreneur. He’s part owner of [...]

Poker Tells … Silence & Stillness

Zachary Elwood | October 15, 2014

Behavioral obstacles to an opponent’s impending call or fold One important category of poker tells are those exhibited when a player believes his opponent is getting ready to call or fold to his bet. Bettors in these situations have an incentive to present an “obstacle” to their opponent’s action. These behaviors will typically only be [...]

Poker Tells … Jen Shahade Talks Psychology in Chess and Poker

Zachary Elwood | September 15, 2014

Oddly enough, they aren’t that different Jennifer Shahade is a two-time American women’s chess champion and has the title of Woman Grandmaster. She’s the author of the book “Chess Bitch” and has written articles for numerous publications, including the New York Times and Chess Life. She’s also a poker player. Recently, she became the Mind [...]

Jamie Kerstetter

Zachary Elwood | August 15, 2014

The following is an edited interview of professional poker player Jamie Kerstetter. Kerstetter has been playing for a living since 2009 and is focused primarily on tournaments. She recently received sponsorship from PartyPoker. You can follow her on Twitter at @JamieKerstetter. Zachary Elwood: How did you start out playing poker?  Jamie Kerstetter: I started out [...]

Poker Tells … Immediate Bets and What They Can Mean

Zachary Elwood | July 15, 2014

Bet-timing tells are patterns that players have with regards to how quickly they make a decision, whether checking, calling, betting or raising. Immediate bets are one bet-timing behavior that can be very meaningful. Before we talk about immediate bets, though, a few caveats: For most player behavior to be meaningful, it has to be associated [...]

Poker Tells … A Method to His Madness

Zachary Elwood | June 15, 2014

Are all Phil Hellmuth’s antics and act? You react, he’s got you. “That’s OK. That’s why I’m different.” — Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth is a weird dude. This is not earth-shattering news. But it’s hard to tell just exactly how weird he is. It’s hard to tell where his actual weirdness stops and where his [...]