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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cardoza Publishing,U.S. (19 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580420826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580420822
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Mike Caro's classic book is now revised and back in print! This long-awaited brand new edition by the Mad Genius of Poker takes a detailed look at the art and science of tells, the physical giveaways by players on their hands. Featuring photos of poker players in action along with Caro's explanations about when players are bluffing and when they're not, these powerful eye-opening ideas can give you the decisive edge at the table! This invaluable book should be in every player's library! The powerful and groundbreaking book on the art and science of tells, the body language of poker, shows how players can use their opponents' gestures, words, and body language to win all their money!

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Aj Sutton on 8 Aug. 2003
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This book weighs in at 320 pages and you immediately realise that the author has put alot into it.
The obligatory summary chapters are there along with a short quiz, but this only amounts to the last 40 pages. The remaining pages are devoted to in depth analysis of poker psychology and body language.
The majority of the book is broadly divided up into tells from those who are unaware, and tells from 'actors'. These chapters are then subdivided into numerous short sections on such topics as nervousness, sudden interest, instant reaction etc. For each of these sections a number of tells are discussed and these are set out in pretty much the same format:
An overview of the tell is given usually over about two pages, and then details of the tell are set out as follows:
Title:
Category: i.e. nervousness etc.
Description: what to look for.
Motivation: why they are doing it
Reliability: how likely you are to be able to spot the tell depending on the quality of opposition
Value per hour: here the author tries to give the tell a monetary value depending on whether you recognise it and the limits you are playing
Discussion: additional info.
The description is often accompanied by a number of photgraphs that help to reinforce the idea in the readers mind. The author uses a number of poker variations in his discussions and despite being only a holdem player i could follow these easily.
There are 179 photographs and 58 tells in this book and along with the authors excellent writing style, this book would still be excellent value for money at twice the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ian on 6 Sept. 2010
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great book. just what i was looking for to give a bit of an edge in live games. some people will tell you that tells are an outdated item within poker but i still belive that it can (and has in my case)give you an edge and any edge is great when it comes to winning money! i had only read the first few chapters when i went to play in a tournament and what i had read not only helped me win a few pots but also saved me getting myself into big trouble with a guy that had a massive hand that i nearly missed untill i recognised a tell the guy was doing with his hands and cards. i went on to come 5th in that tournament and made a couple of hundred pounds doing so. read and learn.!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2005
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This book started as something of a cult classic, but has exploded in popularity in the past few years, and I'm glad I picked it up, even while the author's writing style left much to be desired as far as sensitivity to cultural diveristy. It's hard not to be offended by some of his generalizations about how various races and each sex play cards. Nonetheless, he's got some very good information about body language and how it reveals the strength of your opponents' hands. It's scary accurate at times, because so much of it is completely involuntary on our part. Leaning forward, leaning back, stacking chips -- these are all actions we don't really think about when we're doing them, but they all mean something (some more than others). And Caro does an outstanding job of explaining just how reliable each "tell" is.
I also would have liked a chapter on online play, because there ARE tells to pick up there, even if they're not body language or verbal cues. How long does someone take to bet? To check? Use of the auto-action buttons? It's an area very ripe for analysis by the right author, especially because online play absolutely dwarfs the number of hands dealt in cardrooms across this country. I only recently started playing online, but was grateful for another post here that led me to pokercroaker.com, which had sign-up bonus codes and site reviews for all the major sites. Good tip. Anyway, despite my mild criticism of Caro's writing style regarding minorities, I still think this is a very good book, and worth a read, if for no other reason than many of your opponents will have read it, so you'll know what they're looking for in your behavior.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2006
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i bought this book because i wanted to improve my game, i found some of the stuff obvious but just hadn't thought about it whilst playing poker before and once these points had been explained it made sense, if you buy this book dont tell your poker mates about it! this book has definately given me an edge
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew Browne on 3 Dec. 2007
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It's quite an old book with the black and white pictures but it does contain a lot of useful information for the serious live player and is considered by many to be a classic. It is a book which if you are serious about making a living from playing poker, is a must have, but for your average internet or `home game' player, it might not be worth the money.

In the book he covers a large number of physical tells which although mostly fairly obvious are useful to have highlighted so you can be on the lookout for them. I would be willing to bet that most all of the final table players at WSOP events have taken the time to read it at some time in the past.

I wasn't gripped by this book, however, the information is solid and will help you get that slight edge when trying to get a read on another player. It's certainly not my favorite read but once I had got over its slightly sexist and racist generalizations of how race and gender affects how you play poker I did come away with a better set of tools to use when looking for tells from opposing players.
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