tell is so well known, and such a reliable tell of
strength, that some tricky players will fake the tell
by making a deliberate glance at their chips in an
attempt to dissuade you from betting.
Other chip-related tells come from a player breaking
a habit in the number of chips he grabs before it's
his turn to bet. Many players don't make a move for
their chips until it's their turn. When such a player
does pick up enough chips to bet, call, or raise before
it's his turn, its almost a sure thing that he has
a weak hand and is trying to dissuade a bet.
If a player who usually grabs enough chips to call
before it's his turn suddenly doesn't touch his chips
until its his turn, then grabs enough to raise but
at the last minute only calls, he probably has a fairly
strong hand and really just changed his mind about
raising at the last minute. This tell is sometimes
faked though, so be careful with it. Like all tells,
the key to reading it is determining whether it's
an act or it's natural. Natural behavior isn't intended
to deceive, an act is.