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Maxim Casino: The Tells

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 Diaper

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 Conqueror

The move: Arms, or elbows, way out.

The tell: Confident, claiming territory. Watch out.