There were a couple recent reviews written for my poker tells training series. I just wanted to post them here.
The first comes from Alex Weldon, writing for PartTimePoker.com. He gives some positives and negatives for the videos. One of the things he says is:
With Zach’s approach, after watching a few videos, you begin to feel confident that you’ll be able to guess what other actions mean… The videos are also well-structured… I think that everyone interested in taking live poker seriously should expose themselves to Zach’s take on tells in some form or another, whether it’s through his videos or his books.
As for downsides: he found the organization a bit repetitive. I do agree that the material does get a bit repetitive; it’s one of the downsides of making the videos be standalone. Also, because I have learned as I’ve gone along how to best make these videos, some of the earlier videos are, I think, more repetitive than the later ones. I’ve started treating the series as a whole, and making later videos with the understanding that people will have watched the earlier videos. So I think in that regard they are improving.
He also found my voice a bit monotonous: yes, that’s a known issue, too. Although I think I’ve gotten slightly better at injecting a little more excitement into my voice.
Another review comes from Brad Chalupski, writing for CardPlayerLifestyle.com. You can read that review here.
For positives, Brad says the following:
Any fan of poker should be a member of the site for the sheer entertainment value of the content… Admittedly, my first reaction to the concept of a physical tells training site was skepticism… But five minutes into the first video I had already been won over. Each tell is laid out in a complex map of its variations and subtleties. Elwood takes great care to go into not just “what to look for” but also the psychology behind the action.
For downsides, Brad also mentions my monotonous voice. That’s an aspect I will continue to work on.