200 Poker Tells - Joe Navarro

Joe Navarro had made a name for himself in the poker world with his first book on poker tells, Read ‘Em And Reap, which in spite of having Phil Hellmuth’s name on it as the “presenter,” Navarro apparently is capable of presenting his own book this time.  This book is chock full of great tips designed to make you a more observant and thus better live poker player.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that the general public overrates the importance of physical tells, especially when good players who have a good amount of awareness themselves sit down at the table with you.  However, reading poker tells still has its place, and even the best players give off information at times that you can use.  Having said that though, it takes a lot of skill to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff here, and decide whether a tell is genuine or not. 

So there may be no better person to look to learn from than someone who has 25 years experience in observing and interpreting the behavior of suspects for the FBI.  Even if you don’t play live poker, you still may find this book entertaining, as if will allow you to spot tells while watching poker on TV, even though with seeing the hole cards of the players, most of the drama is taken out of it.  This can be a good place for people to practice though, and this book will certainly equip you with the tools you need to get started.

Rating: 4 out of 5