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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Via Regia (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984033300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984033300
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zachary Elwood is a former professional poker player.

More About the Author

I'm a former professional poker player and the author of "Reading Poker Tells," which has been hailed by many players as the best book on the subject. My second book, Verbal Poker Tells, was released in June 2014. I also write about poker psychology and tells on my blog www.ReadingPokerTells.com.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to take their live game to a new level!
Jackie Wesley
He simply gives the readers the tools they need to be able to identify tells and correlate them with that particular player's behavior.
KDiggity
This book Reading Poker Tells by Zachary Elwood is a cut above Caro & Navarro on tells & how to read them.
Rich Miner

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Blinder on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
As someone who enjoys reading (and collecting) poker books as much as playing poker, I have read almost every important poker book ever written. Occasionally a new book is published that changes the game. Over the last 15 years there have been about 10 such books. Interestingly, the books published in the area of poker tells have been marginal at best. Some poker tell books have been very basic, very general, and sometime just plain incorrect. Zach Elwood's book, Reading Poker Tells, is the first major contribution to the subject since Caro's book, which has been showing its age for several years now. I consider Navarro's book a solid contribution with some helpful material, but fraught with many problems not worth outlining in this review. Given the high price of some new strategy books, I'm frankly surprised this material is being given away for $20.

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.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a tournament poker player I believe one of my key strengths is reading poker tells. In fact, I used my reading ability of opponents to win over $100,000 at the WSOP Main Event in 2011.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chazbo54 on August 5, 2012
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I have several psychology books relating to poker tells in different degrees (including Caro's). They're all useful, but it's still up to you to apply in different situations. You still have to make the right applications here too, BUT this book is more focused on how to use tells in specific ways while playing. Well articulated and organized. Plus, Elwood gets into even more detail online using videos and real world situations. I've not purchased any poker books for quite awhile (I have over 30), but I'm glad I got this one. No, it's not rocket science, but for me a useful tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryce Kujala on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book covers many physical and verbal tells, both what to look for and how to evaluate the meanings. For example, the classic poker stare down means one thing when it happens after a bet, but means something completely different when it happens before a bet. Unlike previous books on poker tells, Elwood has discussion and examples for many of the tells to provide the necessary context.

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lori Kolstad on April 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of reading this book in the writing stages. As I read, my hourly rate rose consistently.I now read a section out of Zachary's book before I play every session, and my reads have grown sharper and sharper thanks to his help with categorizing information gathered along the way. If you do not grab the opportunity to read and re read this book, you are doing your game a disservice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Elsworth on May 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is simply one of the best written regarding the subject of poker tells. The author has put in a ton of work in studying tells at the tables, and put everything into a organized, detailed, easy and focused read. Two things really stuck out that make this book great. 1. The author separates tells into distinct moments of a poker hand, and where he has found them, depending on where the action in the hand is. 2. When he speaks about certain tells, Elwood describes what the player might be trying to say with his action and what the player might actually be saying with his tells.

Overall, one of the best contributions to poker tells that have been shared, and a must-read for the serious, or even casual player.
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