The best way to pick up tells is to watch your opponents and how they play in each pot. Even when you do not have the right cards in the hand, you should still concentrate on the game to understand your opponents playing strategy.
Hopefully you will see what moves the players make when they don’t have the best hand, and what moves they make when they do have the best hand. The more information you can get from your opponents, the better the opportunity you will have to beat them.
Don’t jump in at the high limits
There are two reasons why you shouldn’t play for too much money as a beginner. Firstly, the players at the higher limits will be better than the players at the lower limits. There is less chance that you will be able to beat them and you will spend a lot of money trying to learn the game in the process.
Secondly, you only want to play at limits you can afford. You should not play at limits where you are going to drop money that you cannot afford to lose. There is more information on this subject in the bankroll management article. You may also make use of the Fergulator tool too.
Without strictly banking management, you will never be able to become a winner, even if you have perfect strategy.
Don’t pay too much for draws.
You will often find yourself having half a hand and only needs one more card to complete your flush or your straight. So, a general rule is that if you opponent is betting heavily, it is not likely to be profitable to chase after these draws. However, if the opponent puts only a small amount of betting it may be wise to call in the hope of getting your hand. If the amount your opponent bets seems too high to warrant a call to make your hand, then don’t risk it.
You can find detailed information on how much you should call for draws in the pot odds strategy guide. A free (and hopefully useful) tool for helping you to work out whether or not to call bets with draws is SPOC (Simple Pot Odds Calculator).