How to Spot a Liar at the Poker Table
Do you think you could tell if someone is lying to you? From hand gestures, licking lips and even looking to the right, there are key signs to look out for when spotting a liar. And if you can spot a liar, you may also be able to call someone’s bluff, too.
We know that our most skilled poker players are excellent bluffers, and we conducted this research to provide key insight to our players on identifying top signs of lying from a body language perspective. This might just help them call their opponent’s bluff – which is sure to make future games more interesting!
We’ve worked with leading body language expert Mike Carter to reveal the ten key signs of lying and created a quiz-style video so you can put your newfound knowledge to the test. We’ve also taken a look at some of the most iconic TV interviews in recent history and analyzed them to see what our most well-known celebrities were really saying with their body language. From Boris Johnson to Donald Trump, and Kim Kardashian to Meghan Markle, you can read more about that here.
Ready to spot a liar for yourself? Scroll on to start exploring.
If you’re looking to spot a liar in their tracks, you should know what you’re supposed to be looking out for. We’ve worked with a top body language expert to reveal ten of the most noticeable signs of lying, which you can see above.
Expanding the top three signs a little further, if someone is looking to the right when talking to you, take this as a major red flag. Liars look to the right to subconsciously access the right-hand side of their brain – the imagination – and not the left-hand side, which is memory. So, if someone is frequently looking to the right, they could be lying to you.
Excessive blinking or licking or touching their lips also signals that a person is uncomfortable, and is taking some extra time to think about an answer before responding. So again, this could be a key sign to look out for when spotting a lie.
Think you’ve now got what it takes to spot a liar?
Watch the below video to put your skills to the test! We’ll show you five clips – all you need to do is note down where you think you can spot a tell-tale sign of lying, and we’ll let you know if you were right or wrong at the end.
So, how did you do? We hope our top tips helped you spot these tell-tale signs of lying for yourself. Of course, it can’t be said for certain that these signs mean someone is definitely lying to you, but it might just help!
Now you can transfer these new skills of spotting a liar to a game of poker – it might just stand you in good stead for a winning game! By understanding key body language signals that signal lying, such as looking to the right or excessive blinking, means you can actively look out for them in your next game and see whether your opponent might be lying to you about the cards they have been dealt and the game they are playing.
And if you need more tips on how to read body language and determine whether your opponent is bluffing or not, our helpful guide on understanding poker hands should help you along the way.