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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,949 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 is being hailed by many as the best book on the subject. It's my first book, though maybe not my last. I also write pretty often 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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20 of 21 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 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 Champion D on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this wonderfully informative book! The nuisances of poker are present in the book, which I dig. Some of these tells take many years to figure out. Mr. Elwood breaks them down precisely and with an easy to follow approach.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul William Gordon on April 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a MUST READ for all poker players who want to improve their win rate or simply love reading about the various aspects of the game.

Most experienced players are familiar with tells in general. What this book does is revolutionary in that it breaks these tells up into a framework that is both easy to understand and easy to remember. This is critical because as Elwood says in this landmark book, "without a framework for thinking about tells you can easily be overwhelmed by the immense amount of information present at the poker table"

As a comparison, Caro's book on tells is one of my favorite of all time. However, in my opinion it was lacking in providing an organized way to understand the concepts. Anyone who is a big fan of Caro's book on tells will find this 21st century update easier to read, grasp and understand as well as far more useful.

Why?

Not only does Elwood provide an excellent framework to digest and remember the information but he also improves upon Caro's concepts by clarifying the underlying reasons behind tells in regards to human instincts and emotions. For example, I always struggled with the meaning behind Caro's concepts on actors and non-actors. I now know why as I believe Elwood's explanations, which are grounded in basic human instincts and fears, provide a more reasonable explanation as to why people behave in a certain fashion. Since Elwood does a better job of explaining the "whys" the reader can use these examples to both notice these tells more easily while also transcending to discover brand new tells of their own.

As an aside, I'm a semi-professional poker play who mostly plays online due to the ability to spend more quality time with my loving family....
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