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Reading Poker Tells Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Reading Poker Tells gives a lot of well-deserved credit to Caro's original work, but adds important structure and many new observations. Many of these observations are known by serious players, but have never been printed. The structure of the book is divided into three main categories: waiting-for-action tells, during-action tells, and post-bet tells. One great insight in the book is that traditional tells can mean different things in different contexts (even from the same player). As I read the book there were a few times I was struck with horror realizing that I do some of the very things that Elwood outlines. As a fairly experienced player I was always aware of "Caro tells," but there is a new generation of tells that good players have figured out. This book exposes many of them. Just as the books written by Brunson, Sklansky, Harrington, Miller, and others made the game tougher, this book will do the same.Read more ›
I just finished reading this book and I am very impressed. I have read Caro and Navarro, as I consider them the best in the business. But, Elwood has provided a more practical way to identify strength and weakness in your opponents. He does this by breaking up tells into 3 key sections, and labeling them either as a sign of strength or weakness. These 3 areas are:
Waiting for action tells
During action tells
Post bet tells
And, the examples in each section are excellent! Because the examples are things that you will recognize from your opponents (or done by you) and perhaps you weren't sure how to interpret them. It is also simple to understand the reasoning for your opponents actions when you read this book.
There are also sections on Verbal tells and Deception.
Overall, this is a real world, practical guide to reading poker tells. I recommend it.
Overall, one of the best contributions to poker tells that have been shared, and a must-read for the serious, or even casual player.
This book will not teach you to read your opponent's hand based on how he eats an Oreo, but it will show you how to add a valuable tool to your poker arsenal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read Caro's book on tells and wasn't that impressed. It just felt out dated and somewhat simplistic. In this book, however, I think Zach has hit a lot of things on the head. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Bert
This book is extremely valuable. It paid for itself the very first read I noticed during a cash game. It's simple, to the point, well organized and informative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you read poker books, read this one and then his book of verbal tells after.Published 2 months ago by MillerTime
The author has a great writing style that's easy to process and the material is well thought out and presented. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg Harper
Very repetitive but gives a good structure to analyze tells and structure them for future use. Though still unreliable at bestPublished 4 months ago by Padmendu Sachan
This book helped me learn to give reverse tells. I utilize the techniques all the time at giving reverse tells. However, sometimes very hard to distinguish what others are doing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David H.
Great book of the concept of tell reading and self awareness. I highly recommend this book to players starting out.Published 5 months ago by Daniel "The King" Porter