Exploiting Poker Tells is the third and final book in Zachary Elwood’s poker tells trilogy, after Reading Poker Tells and Verbal Poker Tells. In this book, Elwood focuses on practical, real-world considerations, asking questions like: When great poker reads are made, what factors are involved? What situational factors are important to consider? What behaviors should be ignored?
Exploiting Poker Tells includes:
- More than 140 detailed hand histories
- Interviews with pro players about their thoughts on tells
- A poker tells quiz to test and reinforce reader learning
"Hall of fame. No competition. If this was a study at Oxford or any university, then this would earn a doctorate's degree."
- Frank E., poker player, South Africa
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Book length: 66,500 words (for comparison, Reading Poker Tells was 45,000 words)
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"I've finished a second read [of Exploiting Poker Tells]. I had assumed that it would just be an appendix, but I think this book may be your best work."
- J.K. Troell, poker player
"Exploiting Poker Tells crosses over with some of the content in Elwood's two previous books, but that does not make it repetitive or any less useful. Rather, this book reinforces many of the concepts he's covered in addition to introducing new ones, and gives the reader useful ways of thinking about common opponent tendencies."
- Dan Podheiser, pro poker player
What's different/special about this book?
If you've read my other books, you might be saying:
“Haven’t you written enough stuff about poker tells? How much more could there be to say?”
I hear you. I am my own harshest critic, and I tend to be skeptical when someone comes out with instructional/how-to books too often. I wouldn’t be writing a new book unless I felt I had something new and interesting to say. My reasons for writing this book include:
- Since writing my first book, I’ve had four more years experience of playing poker and thinking about poker tells. I’ve also served as a consultant for two WSOP Main Event final table players, and I learned a lot working on those projects. Along the way I've talked to and interviewed a lot of experienced players about poker tells and their opinions on the subject. All this means that I have a lot of new and improved things to say about poker tells.
- This new book is much more practically-focused than my previous content. Most poker tells books up until now, including my own, have been largely a this-might-mean-that list of possible tells. This book delves into how to incorporate tell-spotting into a strategy. In other words: when should behavior be a factor and when shouldn’t it? And: What kinds of situational factors should we be paying attention to when making a decision? This book is much more practically useful for that reason.
- The content includes more than 140 actual hand histories where behavior did play a role or could have played a role in a decision. These are hands I’ve played in cash games ($5-10, $2-5, and $1-2 NLHE) and tournaments, some hands from televised footage, and some hands other pro players have played. (My book Verbal Poker Tells included a lot of actual hands, which I thought made it very interesting and useful, but my first book Reading Poker Tells had very few actual hands.)
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