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Caro's Book of Poker Tells: The Psychology and Body Language of Poker Paperback – March 15, 2003
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It's one of the only books on tells, or body language in poker - a bit surprising, considering the hundreds of poker books in print, and the popular conception that tells are a huge part of the game.
Caro, also known as "the Mad Genius of Poker," is a top-level poker player, credited as the best draw player in the world. Or was, at least - draw poker all but died out when other forms became legal in California, and he hasn't been heard from as much since then. Regardless, he's still extremely smart, a great teacher, and is always entertaining reading.
The book covers around fifty different "tells," of various types. Some are general profiling, such as what you can infer about an unfamiliar opponent's style by the way they dress or stack their chips. Most are behavioral - what it means when someone acts immediately, without pausing to think, when someone glances down at their chips after the flop, when they "splash" chips into the pot instead of stacking them, etc. A common theme is that "strong means weak" and "weak means strong" - when they sigh and shrug their shoulders as they raise, get out. It seems so basic, but often holds true even at relatively high levels. There are logical tells too, like when a conservative player bets without looking at his last card in stud, he already has a made hand.
One tell I've found very useful is when a player's hand starts to shake uncontrollably as he or she bets on the last round. Most people's initial thought would be that they're nervous and bluffing. In reality, it usually means they have a nearly unbeatable hand.Read more ›
I am not saying that this book will win you the world series, but it will give you a huge edge over your competition. The reason is this: Without a knowledge of tells, you really only win the pots that your cards dictate. Yes, you can play better cards than your opponents and avoid trap hands, but with a knowledge of tells, you can win 2 types of hands. 1) you win the hands your cards dictate. 2) you win the hands that your oponents cards don't merit. If you can pick up weakness in your opponents, you can win pots just by betting or raising at the right moment and salvage a pot where you might have folded. Similarly, you can better identify when your huge hand might be second best. Caro breaks tells down into 2 main categories. Tells from actors, and tells from those who are unaware. The most important are those from Actors.Read more ›
Several things are important when reading a book on tells. You need to know in what games they will help you. They will not help you beat a room full of experts...they know they tells so they won't exhibit them. Caro uses tables for each tell to let you know which ones are important where and this aspect of the book makes it a must-have.
Also you need to know how to look for tells. It is challenging and at times overwhelming to sit at a full table looking for body language. Caro does not cover this "art of observation" well in the book but does on his website: [...]
I can tell you this book has helped me a LOT at low-medium limits against players who often don't exhibit predictable or correct strategy...such otherwise difficult players to read (but not experienced, well educated players) become more easily beaten when you can spot tells.
Poker tells are the biggest vice of any poker player, if you can use the tells of others to you're advantage and eliminate yours then you can easily come away with a few extra bets that would have left your stack. With control over your own tells, you can harness the power to confuse opponents in to not really knowing if they are getting a real one out of you or not.
This book is the best and most extensive choice on the subject of poker tells. Many other books touch on the subject, but this is the one that will help out the most.
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It's good to read the theory, but in practice it is hard. With this book you learn the key basics in psychology and body language of poker.Published 3 months ago by Peter Marton
Other books probably better on tells. Best way to learn poker tells is to play. Observe people very close during your sessions at cash games. Read morePublished 6 months ago by dougiefresh
The tells are all great, but I just wish it were completely dedicated to hold'em. A certain percentage is relating to 7-card stud.Published 9 months ago by John Zaleskie
It looks like this was written in the early 70s. None of it is relevant to today's poker. Actually, I'm not sure it is relevant to yesterday's poker. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Burch Fiske