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on August 8, 2003
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:
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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