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Reading Poker Tells [Paperback]

Zachary Elwood
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1 April 2012
This book will teach you how a professional poker player analyzes the facial expressions, body posture, physical gestures, and verbal statements of opponents in a live poker setting. Besides cataloging the most meaningful behavior, this book also gives a mental framework for thinking about and remembering poker tells. It also contains other tips on general poker psychology, including methods of deceiving and manipulating opponents, and methods for becoming "unreadable".

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Via Regia (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984033300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984033300
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Advancing the science of poker tells 13 July 2012
By DigiTAL
Format:Paperback
Tells are the one part of poker theory that haven't yet seen a spectacular increase in knowledge since the poker boom. This is probably because most poker over the last decade has been played over the internet behind a computer screen.

This could well be the book we've all been waiting for.

A big problem with the early work on tells, Mike Caro's in particular, is that it really isn't a proper science at all. Caro categorises tells from "actors" -- for whom strong means weak and vice versa -- and "non-actors" who tell you about the real strength of their hand. The trouble is that such a broad theory is in effect irrefutable, since any combination of mannerisms and end-resulting hand strength can be explained. As philosopher of science Karl Popper points out, a theory that can explain any observation without potential refutation -- e.g. Marxism, Freudian psychoanalysis -- is at best pseudo-scientific nonsense.

Elwood's book is much better. For a start he stresses the overwhelming importance of the situation (an opinion much confirmed by the field of social psychology), the need for developing a statistically robust level of observational data over time, and bases his theories on the psychology of unconscious human behaviour. At all times he stresses that poker tells are just another tool in a skilled player's arsenal; not a strategy for basing your entire game around.

But at this price the book is a clear winning investment for any frequent live player or even an online specialist entering a casino environment for the very first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars required reading 30 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book well written.
Makes sense of all the other tell books i have read.
Giving structure to how you approach tells makes using the information gained easier to apply.
Emphasis on situation in this book makes sense of the somtimes contradicting messages tells give away.
Trust me you won't be disapointed with the content and what you will gain from how it is presented.
Don't get me wrong there isn't much in the way of new information here no "new" tells that have been discovered they are all in caro's or Navaro's books but the way Elwood takes you through the situations in a hand and shows how similar tells can mean oposite things makes clear what was once cloudy.
I hope the other guys I play with don't find this book anytime soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Reading 19 July 2012
By jan1824
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent reading from the start and gives a new insight into picking up those poker tells. With time and effort and perception you can correlate information and use it to your advantage in the game.
Having said all that I am not sure I want everyone reading this book as it gives too much away and could ruin my game LOL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance... 18 May 2014
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This book is a great place to start in terms of learning about poker tells. There are not many on it but this is definitely the first to read as Elwood addresses tells in much more situational matter which is very relative to poker. It is fairly short and easy to digest so you can continually come back to different chapters and review what you've been doing. Perfect for when you start getting into the live poker scene where players are just riddled with blatant tells.
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