Hosting a new 2+2 poker tells/behavior forum

Do you know the Two Plus Two poker forum? It's a great place to get poker news and discuss poker hands. I've been a member on there since my first days of playing poker in college in 2000. I still remember reading strategy posts from Greg Raymer years before he ever won the WSOP Main Event. (Yes, I'm old.) Mason Malmuth is the co-owner of 2+2, along with David Sklansky. They've written and ...

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New poker tells video series

So the last few months I've been working on a new video series, which I've titled Reading Poker Tells Video. I partnered with Chicago's Windy City Poker Championships, run by Kirk Fallah, so I could use the footage from their cash games and tournaments to make instructional training videos about poker behavior and tells. The last few months I've been watching their footage, analyzing it, and ...

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Some recent poker tells articles

I've written a few articles on poker tells for some third-party sites recently that I'm pretty proud of. Here's a synopsis and link to these articles. A Theory About Early-Hand Ostentatious Behavior: This is a two-parter I wrote for PokerNews; the link takes you to the first one, and here's the second part. Basically, these are based around the idea that players with strong hands, early in a ...

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My Experience as a Contestant on the TV Show PokerStars’ The Big Game

This is a guest blog post written by Ken Hrankowski, who appeared as the amateur guest player during a few episodes of the TV show Pokerstars’ The Big Game. This post recounts his experience getting onto the show and what it was like playing with big-name players like Phil Hellmuth, Tony G, and Daniel Negreanu. I started playing poker after the “Moneymaker Effect,” as they called it. I found it ...

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Talking to John Wood, mental game coach

John Wood recently reached out to me to do a short interview for a site called PokerHeadrush. You can read the interview here. Things we discussed included: the general usefulness of live reads, the importance of the mental game in poker, and the poker scene in Portland. John is a general mental/life coach who also coaches poker players. He's worked with poker players Alex Fitzgerald and Chris ...

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The Death of Poker (brought to you by Legacy Headstones of Ohio)

I get a lot of weird offers from random companies who want to pay me to put up ads or to do "link exchanges" (this is when you put each other's links on your sites, in order to help search engine results). Mostly I get these emails from shady gambling sites who are just trying to ride the coat-tails of more successful sites by getting a link from them. I pretty much ignore all of them. But I ...

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Molly’s Game: An Interesting Glimpse Into Private, High-Stakes Poker Games

(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was actually planning on reading it and reviewing it anyway, though, so I took them up on the offer.) Molly’s Game is the tale of Molly Bloom and the super high-stakes private poker games she ran for a few years. These games featured celebrities, billionaire businessmen, rich heirs, famous ...

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Free Poker Tells Videos

Update: In June of 2015 I released a poker tells video series, available here: www.readingpokertells.video. The series currently consists of 12 videos and I will be adding more in future. Click on the site link above to watch a trailer for the video. You can even buy the videos individually. Right now, my Reading Poker Tells YouTube channel has 10 free instructional videos focused on different ...

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Well-known poker players and celebrities featured in Verbal Poker Tells book

During research for writing the book Verbal Poker Tells, I watched and took notes on around 100 hours of poker footage, with a focus on verbal behavior. Poker footage I watched included: the WSOP Main Events, Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker, European Poker Tour events, PokerStars' The Big Game, and the Heartland Poker Tour. In the book, I used verbatim transcriptions of interesting ...

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Poker pro Davidi Kitai talks about poker tells

In a PokerNews interview of respected Belgian poker pro Davidi Kitai, poker journalist Remko Rinkema conducts a short interview of Kitai on the subject of poker tells. If you're not familiar with him, here is Kitai's Wikipedia page. Here’s a quick synopsis of the few points Kitai makes in the interview: ...

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Poker tells at a Chicago poker tournament

This past weekend I went to a Windy City Poker charity tournament in Chicago. I played a couple interesting hands that featured a good amount of reliable poker tells, which I’ll share below. The tournament was a $1,000 buy-in one; it got about 50 players. It had one featured table, with RFID sensors and camera coverage, that switched players once every hour. The episodes didn’t stream live but ...

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What Scientists Have Learned From Studying Poker Players

The following article was written by Dr. Jaclynn Moskow. It's an interesting look at some psychology studies that have involved poker and poker players. It was originally published on Cardplayer.com. Jaclynn has given me permission to post it on my site, which I am honored to do. Jaclynn is a mid to high-stakes cash game specialist who lives in South Florida. She's also adjunct facility at ...

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My Bluff magazine poker tells column

Many of you might not know that I've been writing a monthly column for Bluff magazine for the past year and a half. The editor of Bluff, Lance Bradley, approached me in mid-2013 to take over the poker tells/behavior column that Mike Caro had been writing. If you'd like to see some of the articles I've written for Bluff, here's a link.  ...

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Tommy Angelo writes foreword for Verbal Poker Tells

If you don't know who Tommy Angelo is, you should read his respected book Elements of Poker. If you want a reason to read it, check out these reviews: “Finally I have a legitimate reason to buy an iPad.” – Phil Galfond, about the ebook release of Elements of Poker “Elements of Poker is the best poker book I’ve ever read.” – Jay Rosenkrantz He's also written a book called A Rubber Band Story ...

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A couple televised poker hands and analysis

The following is an email from Thomas Hutchinson, a reader of my books, interspersed with my responses: "Firstly I just want to say thank you very much for writing both Verbal Poker Tells and Reading Poker Tells, I have read both books cover to cover many times and would consider them the best poker tell books out on the market at the moment. So thanks again :) I have a couple of questions which ...

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WSOP mention & early-hand ostentatious behavior

I got a few texts from friends the other night, telling me I’d gotten another shout-out from Norman Chad on the latest WSOP episode. Here’s the clip below; the hand starts at 29:30: Dan Smith goes to raise with Qc 9c and drops a chip. He smiles sheepishly and says emphatically, "Terrible omen; I'm going to make it 90 thousand anyway." He then slams down his chips in an exaggerated ...

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Trip report: Hypnotherapy session with Elliot Roe in Las Vegas

I was in Las Vegas this summer, doing a few poker tells presentations. Jonathan Little, me, and hypnotherapist Elliot Roe were working together doing full-day seminars. (You can read more here about my poker tells part of the presentation.) This blog is about me doing a 1.5-hour hypnotherapy session with Roe. This summer was my first time meeting Elliot, although I’d known him virtually on ...

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Scott Seiver’s verbal behavior in One Drop

People have been talking about Scott Seiver's table talk in this year's One Drop tournament. Here's the video: Zach Ralston (a poker player and a producer of a lot of poker footage content) had told me about this hand via email and here was my response (edited a bit): ...

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Poker Tells Webinar on September 25th

I'm doing a live poker tells webinar on September 25th at 6pm PST (9pm EST). It costs $55. Tickets are on sale now on this page: www.readingpokertells.com/poker-tells-webinar. The webinar is basically the same presentation I did live in Las Vegas this past summer. The response to those seminars was very positive. You can read some attendee testimonials here: ...

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Got a mention in 2013 WSOP ME Final Table from Norman Chad

I meant to put this up a lot earlier, but here it is. Last November (2013), I was in Vegas, hired by Amir Lehavot to study his opponents (and himself) at the WSOP ME final table. After Lehavot went out in third, I still watched the final heads-up portion of the game closely from a hotel room on the 15-minute delay. Earlier in the WSOP ME coverage, on Day 6, Norman Chad had given me a very ...

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Jason Lavallee on immediate bets being polarizing

Kristy Arnett interviewed Canadian poker pro Jason Lavallee in 2013 for PokerNews (click here for full audio interview.) In the audio interview, he talked about a queen-high call-down he made in a European Poker Tour event. His opponent's bet-timing played a role in his decision. Basically, he thought that an immediate bet meant that her range was polarized, because most players don't know what to ...

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Jonathan Little: Paying attention to opponent behavior

The following is a guest blog post from Jonathan Little. Little is a two-time WPT champion with over $5,000,000 in career earnings. He is the owner of the training site FloatTheTurn.com and is the author of numerous best-selling poker books. You can follow him on twitter @JonathanLittle. Jonathan is running a series of live seminars during the 2014 WSOP with poker tells author Zachary Elwood. ...

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Recent Vegas Trip and Poker Tells Seminar

I went to Vegas last week for a week, mainly for the poker tells seminar I was doing, but also to play some poker and do some promotional stuff for the book. (If you haven't heard about the poker tells presentation I'm doing, here's a PokerNews article talking about it: http://learn.pokernews.com/news/2014/06/poker-tells-seminar-at-wsop-makes-use-of-unique-behavioral-d-4355.htm.) The seminar ...

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Poker tells seminar during WSOP this summer

I've been invited to be part of a poker seminar in Vegas this summer during the WSOP. My part of the presentation will be 2.5 hours about poker tells, using a lot of televised poker footage. The cost is $499 and the dates are June 14, July 5 and July 7. Here is the details page, where you can also see a video I made about my part of the seminar: www.floattheturn.com/seminar. You can get a $100 ...

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A Live Tell in 2-7 Triple Draw

This following is a guest blog post from Los Angeles poker player Josh Hale. You can follow Josh Hale on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/red_stagg.  The Los Angeles Poker Classic just concluded and with it, one of my favorite times of the year for poker. I count myself amongst the many people consider the LAPC to be one of the best tournament series of year (perhaps second only to the WSOP) ...

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