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Table Talk

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 10:29 min

Learn the sophisticated ways Daniel uses table talk to get valuable information from his opponents and the steps you can take to protect yourself from prying players.

Daniel Negreanu
Teaches Poker
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- I'm going to guess you had a pair of aces. - Kings. - No, I think it was aces. You said kings? He said kings? No, you just think it's kings. - Yeah. - I think it's aces. PLAYER: Nope. - He was better than me. PLAYER: Yep. - Throughout my life, I've always been a pretty talkative guy. And that doesn't change when I come to the poker table. If you've seen me play on TV, you'll know that. I do a lot of chitchat. And one of the benefits or the side benefits I get from that is I get more information about who I'm up against, right? So if I'm playing with somebody, and I just ask him a simple question, like, well, what do you do for a living, right? And I get an answer like, I am a criminal trial lawyer, or I am a Sunday school teacher, my perception of those two people is going to change. And how I play against those two people-- I'm going to make some assumptions, right? Not solid, always or nevers, but typically that lawyer, by day, is spending time twisting facts, trying to, you know, manipulate, confuse people. So I'm going to look at this guy and think that he's probably capable of lying or twisting the truth, whereas maybe-- and I don't know this for true-- maybe the Sunday school teacher is more conservative, and is maybe potentially even conflicted with the idea of lying or bluffing. So that's just a very, you know, obvious and simple example of how I may profile at the table. You know, stereotyping and profiling is obviously something we don't want to do in society, but at the poker table, every bit of information you can get about your opponent-- you know, how long they've been playing? Where do they come from? How much experience they have? You'll find that, if you sit at a table and you're cordial and you're friendly, you'll be able to divulge so much more information from your opponents just by being a nice person. And that's going to help your win rate in the long run as well because you get to have more information to make better decisions when it's crunch time. Table talk is something, you know, obviously, I just do naturally when I'm just chit chatting with players. But there's also situations that come up mid hand when I'm on the river. And I might, you know, engage in some table talk to try to elicit information from my opponent. Maybe try to get them to crack a smile. And then I can have a better read in, what does that smile mean? Did that seem like a genuine smile or a fake smile? I'll give you a real life example of me engaging in table talk. It was 2004, the Bellagio 5 Diamond Championship. We were already in the money. And play was much tighter back then. And a player named Russell Rosenbloom raised from under the gun. And I was on the button with ace queen. And that's a marginal hand, especially back then. Like, you could theoretically fold that hand back then because the ranges for openers were very, very tight. I decided to call, and the flop came ace, ace, 6. Russel...

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Put yourself across the felt from Daniel Negreanu, the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. The six-time World Series of Poker champion teaches poker strategy, advanced theory, and practice through hand-reviews of his winning games. Learn how to sharpen your mental game through demos on reading opponents and spotting tells. Join Daniel at the table to increase your win rate, grow your ROI, and get your game “in the money.”


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This was a great MasterClass. I wish this Class had been around when I started playing poker. I learned a lot of good tips to improve my poker game from this class!

Great class, but you should have some basic knowledge about Poker before start the class.

I am going to watch it a few more times--- a lot of info to take in but I love it --- It goes to show the complexities of poker. I wish I could actually speak w/ Daniel or ask a few questions through E-mail

Such a WEALTH of poker knowledge and has expanded my train of thought about the game the next time i go play. Ether online or live play. I will definitely have to go over a review this a few times. Because as that old saying goes 'Minutes to learn, a life time to MASTER' Mike Sexton


Tim S.

Question; Often players after betting the River and you are contemplaing your move say to you "I will show if you fold"; if you do not know the player; tournament setting; how would you interpret this; week; strong; top pair or over pair but not stronger? Thanks, Tim

A fellow student

Daniel definitely has a pretty big tell I’ve seen over multiple shows. Almost every time I’ve seen him bet big into someone with a big overpair and say “you have kings” “i put you on aces” he doesn’t have it beat. I can think of 3-4 occasions of this exact scenario off the top of my head.

A fellow student

Personally, I would never try to bluff an amateur off of an overpair, because I remember when I was an amateur I had no fold button. Daniel can tell the difference from the ones you can bluff and the ones you can't, while I can't. That's the difference between someone like Daniel with a few million in winnings, and someone like me who makes 60k a year.

Dean P.

at the 6 minute mark Daniel says the turn gave him a straight but clearly did not...10 9 with board 9 5 4 Q....I like how he called his hand of KK or AA and got him to fold which was the point

Hung T.

does anyone have a link to the 2004 5 diamond example ? bc i can't find it on youtube


Also, because I have watched this numerous times, notice how when daniel asks "I'm thinking Aces or Kings..." the guy actually goes from a frozen neck and face from before the question to very subtly nods up and down as if to answer "yes"


wasnt this same shlomi example used before in earlier lesson???? yes it was

Kevin L.

Sage advice to eliminate table talk for a lot of players. Ive been playing in the same home game with the same 20 or so players for years and as my play has improved Im definitely learning to extract information for them in large part because I know their personalities really well. In a game with strangers Im pretty quite aside from polite introductions.

Joe K.

It's amazing the Dewel Decimal system of poker hands you have in your head. Recalling hands from 2005 or 2003, that is just crazy, I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday. :)

Steven L.

There are times you can tell what a person has for cards , sometimes not based on their bets, but based on who they are.