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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 ›
If you are a veteran, like I am, and have read Caro's book, Navarro's book, and other tells book this covers much of what they discuss. But the do have some extra tells that are worth getting the book for. I have been playing 11 years and I do very well for myself and I confirmed a few tells I intuitively knew to be correct but never really thought about it directly. The new information paid for the book the next day interestingly enough.
The only thing I did not like is that there didn't seem to be a consistent pattern and general analysis as to why these tells are the way they are. I had no problem with it because I have been studying behavior science for a long time as a hobby. But some newer players might have to memorize these tells until they pick up a book on basic body language.
I do disagree with analysis of micro tells in Navarro's book. But perhaps the author is as acute as I am to them. He does mention he is not a study of psychology.
Overall a good book for anyone.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like, Easy to read, Great knowledge. Easy tells to learn for beginners and even experts. Must read this book !Published 1 month ago
Great book for learning about poker tells. Excellent resource for the poker player wanting to improve their game. You will learn about weakness and strength tells. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Viet Nguyen
As a long time poker player in low to mid level games I needed an "edge" that help me advanced my poker skills and this book couldn't have come any sooner. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kyle Kessenich
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 6 months 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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you read poker books, read this one and then his book of verbal tells after.Published 8 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 8 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 9 months ago by Padmendu Sachan