Book review: Hellmuth presents Read 'em and Reap
Full book title: Phil Hellmuth Presents Read 'Em And Reap: A Career FBI Agent's Guide to Decoding Poker Tells
Price: USA $18.95 (worth every cent and then some)
Author: Joe Navarro, FBI Special Agent Retired
This book is an excellent walkthrough of the general various tells players exhibit at the tables, backed with scientific evidence as well as years of FBI experience in using "tells" to take down the bad guys. The book is a very easy read, about 200 pages with many example photos. I read it in 4 hours, finished it the day before my 2nd live holdem tournament ever. It was a small local event, $50+5 NLHE with no rebuys and insanely quick blinds (no antes). There were about 40 entrants with top 5 paying. I ended up making the final table and busting out in 7th after getting horrible cards all day. As the tournament progressed, I noticed that there were some $1/2 NLHE side games starting up. I went home, got $60, and came back to play. I turned 60 into 231 in less than an hour, covering my entry fee and then some. Read 'Em And Reap
undoubtedly gave me a huge edge in both the tournament and the cash game. I distinctly remember profiting over $80 in one hand because I spotted a tell, and bet accordingly. In the tournament, I also bluffed at 2 large pots to win- all because of the tells I was picking up as a result of the book. I am still very slow at picking them up, but on my first day of applying these techniques I was very profitable for it. Thanks Joe!