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First, let's try to understand Kassouf's general modus operandi. He liked to ramble verbally in many spots and most of this patter was made up of what I call strong-hand statements. Here are some examples, which Kassouf repeated many times in various iterations:. When doing the research for my book Verbal Poker Tells, one of the major things I got in the habit of doing was trying to categorize a player's statements into weak-hand statements or strong-hand statements.

These categories are kind of self-explanatory:. In practice, these statements can range from very direct to very subtle and ambiguous. But it can help to attempt to categorize sentences this way, as they can help reveal valuable patterns. Strong-hand statements are hard to interpret. Both players with strong hands and weak hands are capable of making strong-hand statements.

Bluffers understandably want to imply strength about their hand. But players betting strong hands are sometimes just very relaxed and don't mind implying strength about their hand and sometimes they are purposefully trying to "level" an opponent to get a suspicious call. The much more useful and powerful pattern is that in general players with weak hands don't like to make weak-hand statements. Players with weak hands, especially bluffers, don't like to imply weakness about their hands, so the lack of weak-hand statements from these players makes sense.

It also makes sense that Kassouf's patter, and most talkative player's patter in general, consists mostly of strong-hand statements.

Most hands played by the average, decently-aggressive player are not that strong. So in most spots, players are happy taking the pot down preflop or on the flop. This is especially true in a tournament, where tournament life is valued highly and small chip gains are important. Knowing Kassouf makes so many strong-hand statements, what we should do when analyzing his verbal behavior is to ignore his strong-hand statements.

His strong-hand statements are rampant and therefore near-meaningless. With that in mind, we'll look primarily at his weak-hand statements.

Also, there is actually an actual defensive value to such statements. This is because people do not like to look like fools.

People do not like to be told by an opponent "I've got a strong hand," ignore that warning, and be shown a strong hand. For example, when Kassouf three-bets and tells you, "I've got a big hand now, big hand," even if you know he's probably full of it, you'd hate to shove and have him actually have a big hand.

The verbal aspect adds a little extra drama to the situation. It stings more when you're wrong. Even though you might have had very valid reasons for shoving, or were entirely ignoring his talking, it can easily feel like you were tricked or outplayed. These things affect recreational players more than skilled players, of course, but taken as a whole, these statements do have more of an effect than you'd think in slowing players down.

One of the kinds of statements that I try to listen for are misdirections. Misdirections are statements intended to direct attention away from the real reasons a person is doing something. For example, a player facing a raise says, "Oh, is Johnny raising again? Let's raise it up.

Most misdirections take the form of excuses. And most misdirections and excuses from bettors with strong hands take the form of subtle weak-hand statements.