A tell is an involuntary action that provides an indication of what someone's hand may hold or if they are bluffing while they bet.
In Poker Night 2, the frequency of tells from a given player will increase if you have ordered them a drink during that tournament.
Poker Night at the InventoryEdit
- When Heavy checks his cards and nods, he has a good hand.
- When the Heavy slams his fist onto the table, he has a bad hand.
- The Heavy may have a bad hand near the end of the tournament, if he does he will be shocked, make an angry expression and put the bottom side of the cards back.
- If the Heavy stretches/cracks his neck after betting, he is bluffing.
- If the Heavy runs his finger under his nose near the end of the tournament, he has an amazing hand.
- He sometimes adjusts his belt when he has a decent hand.
- The heavy will flare his nostrils immediately after betting if he has a bad hand. (needs confimation - reports of this being misleading)
- If Max's left hand quivers while betting he is bluffing.
- If Max's right hand quivers while betting, then he has a good hand.
- If Max slaps his hand against his head when the flop is dealt, he has a bad hand.
- If Max stands on his chair & does a gesture (not talking about beating someone like a piñata), then he has a good hand.
- If Max begins to shake his head after the cards are dealt, he has a subpar hand.
- If Max starts to check a lot, he has a bad hand.
Strong Bad's TellsEdit
- If Strong Bad repeatedly bangs his head against the table, then he (obviously) has a bad hand.
- If Strong Bad throws his arms up in celebration and looks at the other players, he has a very good hand.
- If Strong Bad shows only the bottom half of his eyes (pictured above), he has a good hand.
- If Strong Bad shows only the top half of his eyes, he is bluffing. (not sure if this is 100% - twice in a row he's been showing this tell, only to have a flush in the river)
- When Tycho gets a bad hand he may shake his head slightly. (Hard to notice!)
- If Tycho has a hand that is likely to win near the end of the round, he may check his hole cards, smile in celebration then look off innocently putting his cards back.
- Tycho may have a good hand if he slides his hand over his face, TBA.
- If Tycho slaps himself in his face he has a bad hand.
- When Tycho begins to check a lot more often than what one would consider normal, he has a bad hand.
- If Tycho gets an evil look on his face and his eyes start glowing red (trust me, you'll know it when you see it), he has an amazing hand.
- If Tycho has a worried look before or after he bets, he is bluffing.
Poker Night 2Edit
Don't forget to serve drinks to increase the tell rate!
In a more realistic fashion, the tells in Poker Night 2 typically display the general mood of the character rather than a specific situation: if Brock shows anger, it could be in response to his cards, or displeasure with another character's fold or raise.
Furthermore, characters display much more uncertainity this time around. A raise that follows a long period of indecisiveness is usually less threatening than an immediate one. It may also indicate if a player is on the edge of being forced into folding.
- Brock will scratch behind his head if he is happy, yet deep in thought. Since Brock is aggressive, this is usually followed by a raise.
- He'll slam his hand into the table and give a crazy stink eye if he has a bad hand.
- After being delt, Brock may have an extremely big grin on his face. This usually means he has a good hand.
- At times Brock may play with his chips when he has a good hand. (So far everytime he has done this he has had Good hands, such as AA, AK, and a straight.)(I just watched him take down Sam and every time he played with his chips, he had a pair of 7s or higher and always bet within the 8k-16k range.)
- At times Brock will furrow his brow and check in an intimidating tone when unhappy (Brock rarely checks with a good hand, like anything above a Pair, for instance)
- Brock will lay down on his hand if he is uncertain about his hand ( A,2 in his hand - 3,K,6 On the table )
- When Brock says, "I will not fear, fear is the mind-killer" as he plays with his chips, it's a sign that he's in over his head. Due to Brock being Brock, this will still likely result in a Bluff.
- Brock will whisper when he has a bad hand.
- If Claptrap's central 'eyebrow' flap pops up in surprise when he is dealt in, he has a bad hand. He may try to cover up in these situations by bluffing.
- If Claptrap slumps forward when he is dealt in, he is unhappy.
- When Claptrap tilts forward and his antenna droops, he is very unhappy. (needs confirmation) (I can confirm this) (I confirm as well, he had ace high)
- If Claptrap grabs his eye and twists it, he is deep in thought, usually with a good hand. (needs confirmation - reports of this being misleading, also reports of this being correct) (I can confirm. Two times in a row he twisted his eye, and both times he had a full house.)
- If Claptrap's "ears" flap excitedly, he probably has a good hand.
- If Claptrap hums "Ain't no rest for the wicked" he is very certain of his hand.
- Ash may occasionally pick his teeth, which is a sign that he is unsure, but pleased with his hand. (needs analysing, he only had an Ace high, I claim he was bluffing with a bad hand. 2nd time he had a pair of 5, is that a good hand? Did it with a pair of Aces, confirmed)
- When Ash brings both hands to his head and then slams the table with one hand, this means he probably has a bad hand and might try to bluff.
- When Ash wiggles his fingers on his right hand he is bluffing. (He does a slow wiggle when bluffing, but a fast one when it's a good hand. Need's confirmation.)(Can confirme, he did a fast wiggle on a straight)
- If Ash looks to the right nervously, he's possibly bluffing.
- If Ash grins and clenches his fist when he is dealt in, he has a great hand.
- If Ash clenches his fist and grimaces, he is displeased.
- When Ash grabs his chin in thought, he is deep in thought. Due to his behavior, this typically means a bluff is to follow.
- If Ash makes a slashing motion with his right hand, he has a good hand.
- If Sam growls when he is dealt in (hard to miss), he is deep in thought, which in Sam's case, typically indicates an excellent hand. Expect aggressive playing.
- Sam droops his head down on the table when very displeased. This almost always indicates a terrible hand, but also occurs when facing 0% or otherwise miniscule odds in a showdown.
- Sam will furrow his brow when unhappy or aggressive.
- Sam's hat will pop off his head in surprise when he has a great or very poor hand. (I've seen him fold immediately after this reaction tons of times, and have amazing hole cards in others)
- Sam will tug at his collar if he's bluffing. (I don't think this is true. Just had Sam do that pre-flop and then he made a big raise. He had AK.)
- Sam will yell out "Yes!" after being delt when he has a good hand. (Just saw this, he had a straight)
- Sam will straighten his tie when he has a good hand before tossing in chips.
- When Sam does a big smile while betting or raising, he is either pleased or bluffing. Either way, he will be more resistant to another's bluff.
- When Sam starts to say his moves like "Call?" or like "I think I'll bet..." and makes an unsure face when he says it he probably has a bad hand. (This occurs more often then not; I think Sam is just generally deep in thought)(Sam had two pair, AA 55, after the 4th community card was delt -- certainly not a bad hand.)
- When Sam flips one of his chips in the air like a coin, he is very unsure. (or very sure after flopping a set in one case)
- Sam will often frown his right eyebrow when unsure of himself.
- Sam's betting is his biggest tell. If he has a good hand, he'll bet aggressively and isn't shy about going all-in. If it comes down to it, try to take him on when you have an amazing hand of your own, or fold if he gets into a betting war with other characters.