Glancing at the holecards for confidence – In our senior poker classes, we were taught to look left before betting – preflop specifically. Example: Play hold’em, in the middle place, you have been given the starting line card. In this case, your starting card is fair for a single bet to see the unsuccessful – but not when there is an increase (bet two). You’re ready to invest one bet – nothing less.
When you look left before acting, try to see if an enemy has picked up a bunch of chips – enough to make for an increase in pay. That’s real good; he offers valuable info when you decide what to call to see if it doesn’t work. This is important if your enemy is a tight player. Depending on the story, you can save some valuable chips by folding. So, under those circumstances, a player who doesn’t make it through the story – because he just doesn’t trace it – is likely to lose another batch of chips.
Below is an example of a common message that is easy to witness – if you trace it: An enemy suddenly sits upright in his chair and studies the notepad. Then she glanced at the holecard card to give her confidence before taking action. The sudden movements and the appearance of a strong interest in the cards showed that he had acquired a big role. That should be clear enough.
Info, just as the tell is prepared, is important in poker; it allows you to make better decisions. I recommend that you read Mike Caro’s book on poker telling. Info is there for the taking. However, some players did not manage to find this opportunity. That’s their mistake.
Note: There is also “inform otherwise” which can be used by a tricking player (which he initially expected) to distort some of his opponents. But it’s a completely different narrative.