Over the last couple of years, I’ve had quite a few people tell me something like: “I like your books, but it’s so hard to watch for poker tells or know what to do with them if you find them. How can I find and use poker tells at the table when I play?”
I recently had the idea to create guides to the behavior of players in poker videos found online. In these guides (two so far) I walk you through real poker footage and draw your attention to the most interesting and potentially meaningful behaviors of the players. The footage analyzed features many normal, recreational players, just like the games you probably play in. I talk about what is likely to be meaningful behavior and, just as important, what you should probably be ignoring.
Poker Tells Video Guide Sample
If you’d like to read a sample excerpt of these Poker Tells Video Guides, scroll down to the bottom of the page — I’ve prepared a special 9-page excerpt for you to review.
“I’ve read both of Zach’s books and this is a perfect complement. Being able to see subtle tells in real footage while reading Zach’s analysis is an invaluable tool. I have every confidence that I’ll be able to put this information into practice at my next session.” — Dr. Tricia Cardner, poker player and author of Positive Poker
Below are the two guides available for purchase. If you want to read more, there are more details about these guides below the purchase options.
Poker Tells Guide to Windy City Tournament Video
This guide is 32 pages (7,000 words). It studies a 47-minute video from a 2015 $1,000 buy-in charity tournament played in Chicago. It’s $20, but can be purchased at a discount when buying a Reading Poker Tells or Verbal Poker Tells package.
Poker Tells Guide to HPT Final Table Video
This guide is 49 pages (12,600 words). It examines a 1.5-hour video segment of edited final table footage from a $1,650 buy-in 2013 Heartland Poker Tour event at the Commerce casino in Los Angeles. This guide is $25.
A Practical Focus
A lot of things I’ve written in the past, including my books, have been rather abstract and philosophical. With these guides, I think I’ve created something completely unique: an analysis of real-game behavior, taking into account the situations and giving practical ideas for how you might base decisions on that behavior in-game. This makes the material that much more practical and real-world.
When Behavior Is Important, and When It Isn’t
Admittedly, poker tells are not that important in the big scheme of poker. Much of the time player behavior is ambiguous and unclear, or it will only serve to reinforce what you already think about a situation. It’s unlikely you’ll often be changing your decisions based on poker tells. This guide, just as importantly, gives you insight into what behaviors you’d be better off ignoring.
Focus On Amateur Players
The video features primarily non-serious (i.e., amateur) poker players. This is good because amateurs are the most likely players to exhibit reliable poker tells. Trying to do this same guide for a super high-roller tournament would be very impractical and non-educational. With the players in this featured video, you will more clearly get a sense of how some behaviors can be meaningful for your less experienced opponents.
Poker Tells Video Guide Sample
If you are curious about these guides, you can view a free sample here: