I've heard this a lot, but if you don't look at the flop when they look at it, i.e. watching them...won't they have the chance to look at you look at the flop because now they aren't looking at the flop and you must?
Originally Posted by RockyMoose
Yes, the most useful tell is when you see players behind you ready to fold. Another tip -- don't watch the flop when the dealer spreads it out. Watch the other players. The cards aren't going to change. You can look at the flop later. There are two advantages: 1: you can't give away any reaction to the flop because you haven't seen it. 2: you can watch other players react to the flop. Most of the time you won't get much of a read, but some players react visibly and don't even realize it.
I love it when I'm in position and some villain is staring at me after the flop trying to get a read before he acts first. Most of the time I haven't even looked at the felt.