“10 out of 10. Clearly the best book ever written on this subject, and if you’re a live player who takes poker seriously, it should add to your win rate. – Mason Malmuth, author, co-owner TwoPlusTwo Publishing
“Elwood has established himself as an authority on poker tells. His book is the current gold standard. This book earned its cover price tenfold for me the first day after reading it.” – Ed Miller, pro player, author of many popular poker books
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• A free 10-minute video from my video series: “Physical hesitations when betting.”
• A discount on my second book, Verbal Poker Tells.
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For more details about the book and author, keep reading more below.
About the author
My name is Zachary Elwood. I’ve played poker seriously since 2003 and played as my main source of income for three of those years. I’m the author of three books on poker tells: Reading Poker Tells, Verbal Poker Tells, and Exploiting Poker Tells.
I’ve worked as a poker tells consultant for two World Series of Poker “November Niners” (i.e., WSOP Main Event final table players). I’ve written poker strategy articles for such publications as Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and All-In Magazine. I’ve conducted live poker tells seminars in Las Vegas during the WSOP.
In 2015, I released a poker tells video training series called Reading Poker Tells Video.
About the book
Reading Poker Tells is 227 pages long in paperback format. If purchased on this page, it comes with a bundle of all popular ebook formats: PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats. The ebook bundle has no digital rights management; the files are yours to use as you wish.
Here are just a few of the topics covered in Reading Poker Tells:
♠ The common poker tells shown by amateurs
♠ More subtle tells that experienced players may have
♠ Situations where tells are likely to be displayed
♠ Common verbal statements and their likely meanings
♠ A practical way to categorize and remember tells
♠ Methods of manipulation and deception
♠ How to recognize and avoid “angle-shooting”
♠ Strategies for becoming unreadable
♠ Other tips on poker psychology
Go to the bottom of this page for a complete Table of Contents of the book.
“Reading Poker Tells is one of the most helpful poker books I’ve read.”
– Andrew Brokos, professional poker player, co-host of Thinking Poker Podcast
“Reading Poker Tells is far and away the best book on live reads. I recommend it to everyone.”
– Max Steinberg, pro poker player
“The first refreshing look at live tells in poker since Caro. The hypothetical situations covered in the book prepare you for almost every conceivable situation in live poker where players give off information…a treasure trove of tells.”
– Jonathan Aguiar, aka FatalError, pro poker player
“Anyone who is a fan of Caro’s book will find this 21st century update easier to read and understand, as well as far more useful.”
– Paul “Vookenmeister” Gordon
Table of Contents
Below is the complete table of contents for the book Reading Poker Tells:
- Poker Tell Theory
The importance of tells in poker • A system for interpreting tells
General poker psychology • Waiting-For-Action Tells: Weakness • Looking at you • Grabbing chips defensively • Indicating a fold • Staring at bad board cards • Staring at weak hole cards • Defensive expressions and postures • Shuffling cardsd • Fake smiles • Exclamations about board cards • Waiting-For-Action Tells: Strength • Looking away from you • Looking disappointed • Looking away from good cards • Pre-loading chips • Real smiles • Acting strangely early in a hand • Relaxes eyes • Glancing at chips • During-Action Tells • Bet-timing • Betting motions • Exaggerated betting actions • Announcing a bet • Making speeches • Shrugging and uncertainty • Looking at the dealer • Aggravated expression while betting • Betting in the dark • Trembling hands • Post-Bet Tells: Weakness • Stillness • Avoiding eye contact • Silence • Looking down after betting • Fake smiles • The little smile • Conciliatory actions • Staring at board cards • Threatening to flip a hand over • Talking you out of calling • Grabbing chips defensively • Getting fidgety • Hands near mouth • Post-Bet Tells: Strength • Looking at you • Looking away from you • Getting loose • Real smiles • Acting strangely • Looking irritated, worried, or fearful • Talking • Handling cards loosely • Acting ready to muck • General Verbal Tells • Disclaimers • Listening to players who are out of hand • Liars and truth-tellers • Expressing fears of a bigger hand • Complaining less
- Deception and Manipulation
Influencing play in multi-way pots • Acting like you’re going to bet • Acting like you’re going to call to prevent a bet • Acting like you’re going to call to induce a tell • Stalling before putting in a bet to get info • Showing your hand to gather info • Conversational probes • Lying about your hand in a friendly way • “Good bluff” • Image-building • False tells • Becoming unreadable
About me • Common criticisms of using tells • Tips for using tells
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a refund or money-back guarantee policy?
Yes! After you purchase Reading Poker Tells if you are, for any reason, dissatisfied with the book, simply reply to your receipt requesting a refund within 60 days of your purchase and I’ll refund you in full. I want to help you improve your poker game and I stand behind every product I sell.