Joe Navarro, a former FBI special agent turned instructor of nonverbal communications to execs and poker players, teaches you the subtle art of spotting the tells. Let the paranoia begin!
The Red Neck
The move: Rubs neck.
The tell: Stressed. Probably doesn’t have the cards.
The move: Handles hole cards with thumb, middle finger.
The tell: Cards stink.
The No Thumbs
The move: Hides thumbs.
The tell: Insecure. “Roger Clemens hid his thumbs when he took the oath over steroids. I’m just saying,” says Navarro.
The move: Arms, or elbows, way out.
The tell: Confident, claiming territory. Watch out.