Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'em and Reap : A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells, Paperback Book

Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'em and Reap : A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells Paperback

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Joe Navarro is a former counterintelligence officer specializing in nonverbal communications and behavioral analysis with nine-time World Series of Poker Champion.

Phil Hellmuth presents the next evolution in poker strategy - becoming a human lie detector at the tables.

Success in poker is part luck, part maths, and part subterfuge.

While the maths of poker has been refined over the past twenty years, the ability to read other players and keep your own "tells" in check has until now been mostly learned by instinct and practice.

However by using Navarro's techniques illustrated with Hellmuth's examples, you will be able to decode and interpret other players nonverbal communication while concealing your own.

You will essentially become a human lie detector and a feared player.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 75 black and white photos
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Poker
  • ISBN: 9780061198595

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Ton of fluff, but there are some useful tips in here. After I read the book, I looked up and there was poker on the TV, and within minutes I'd spotted a tell on a pro - not bad!

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An excellent, well explained "field guide" to poker tells. Navarro explains, not only WHAT the tell would be, but WHY it works (90% of the time, it's the limbic system). It easily paid for itself the first session I played after buying it; Navarro's "foot tell" kept me from calling a $20 bet that I would have lost. The only downside is that the book doesn't have as many pictures as I would like, and they aren't quite as easy to spot the tells in as I would have preferred. Still, even if the book had no photos at all, it would be worth the buy.