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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cardoza; First edition. edition (March 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580420826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580420822
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Caro (born May 16, 1944 in Joplin, MO) is a professional poker player, pioneer poker theorist, and author of poker books.

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Caro's book of Poker Tells is easy to read and use.
Leon B. Hoshower
Descriptions are vague and corresponding photos of such poor quality that it's very difficult to gain much useful knowledge from this book.
Joseph Greer
This is a must read book for the serious poker player.
B. Everett

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By M. Grapenthien on March 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
A classic, and one of the most well known books on poker, it's been published again and again under different publishers with very slight changes over the years.

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.
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216 of 238 people found the following review helpful By M. Milliken on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been playing NL poker online and limit poker in casinos for about two years. My preferred game is single table tournaments and after a year of success online I decided to put my skills to the test. This book really breaks down the art of poker (that is, the ability to read people)into simple categories of tells understandable and recognizeable by anybody. Armed with my technically sound online skills and my newfound ability to understand the motives and intetnions of other live players, I journeyed to Atlantic City to try my first ever live tournament. My first tournament ever...I finished in first place at the Borgata. I played in one more tournament and took 2nd place. It may sound unbelievable, but with a bit of luck and a powerfull arsenal of reads on common poker tells at my disposal, I walked away with over $10,000 on a total investment of $200.
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.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the original and still best book on poker tells, but there are others out there that have been published recently that you might be able to get for less. They all offer pretty much the same advice but they got their ideas from this book.
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.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rick V on February 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author, Mike Caro is a very colorful person to say the least. He is referred to as the "Mad Genius" in poker circles and is an expert authority on the mathmatics and the human factor of the game.
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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