“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 (Read More Reviews)
Many people are calling Reading Poker Tells the best resource out there on the subject of poker tells and live poker psychology. I’ve filled it with tips and advice that I’ve learned from more than eight years of playing live poker professionally and semi-professionally.
I wrote this book mainly because I’d read every book available on poker tells and I didn’t think there was a better one than Mike Caro’s Book of Tells. And as much as I respect that book, it is primarily about the tells of very obvious and beginner-level players. Having played professionally for a few years, there were many tells that I used regularly that I’d never seen anyone write about. I know there’s a lot of good live players out there, so I was always surprised that nobody had put out a more comprehensive book on tells. Eventually I got tired of waiting and figured I’d do it myself.
“It’s hard work to find tells, so many people don’t do it. This book just made it a lot more simple, condensing years of legwork into one easy read.”
-”Limon”, professional poker player (Twoplustwo.com handle)
Besides tells, the other important thing about my book is the system I’ve come up with for mentally organizing poker behavior into situational categories. Basically, there are many tells that can look the same but mean completely opposite things, depending on the situation.
For example, a player might stare at you when it is your turn to act and he doesn’t want you to bet; then he might stare at you after he’s bet and he wants you to call. Without having a good mental framework for thinking about poker behavior, you’re apt to be overwhelmed with the amount of “noise” at the table. I think my system for thinking about tells will help you not only notice common tells, but also aid you in discovering player-specific tells.
“Packed with useful tells and explanations, ‘Reading Poker Tells’ is likely to become an instant poker classic.”
-Katie Dozier, author of “Pro Poker Strategy: The Top Skills”
This book will not present the ability to read poker tells as the main skill you need to become a great player. Far from it. I think of tells as the icing on the cake; the cake being your fundamental poker knowledge that will be behind 90% of your poker decisions. But I do believe that reading live tells is vastly underrated by most players, even a lot of professional players. In my opinion, being a good reader of people, and knowing how to hide your own tells, can boost your win rate from 10 to 30%.
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