Originally Posted by xdeuceswild81xx
what do you feel your book brings that is "new" to the community?
There's obv been lots of books on tells, but what do you think makes yours unique?
I think there's only been a couple decent books on tells: Mike Caro's and Joe Navarro's. I think the rest are uniformly bad. I think mine is the best of the bunch, and I say that very humbly, because I think it's mainly a statement about the quality of all of the other books out there and not about the quality of mine.
I think my book is much more practical than either Caro's or Navarro's. I think Caro's book was good, but I think it was geared to playing very simple players with very obvious tells. Most of the tells he described you are unlikely to see in a game of decent stakes.
I think Navarro's stuff is basically just a catalog of general human behavior; basically a "what's possible" list of behavior, without much poker knowledge behind it. I also think there's a lot about the behavior exhibited in criminal interrogations that doesn't cross over to poker, so I think a lot of Navarro's stuff is misguided. It does not read to me like it was written by someone who has played a lot of poker.
I have a lot of tells in my book that I think are very important, and that I use regularly, and that I've never seen written about anywhere else. This was mainly the reason I wanted to write this book; not because I think I'm a poker tells "guru", but just because I was always surprised that I'd never seen these things covered.
Lastly, I think my organization and framework for thinking about tells is much more practical a way to think about tells than I've seen anywhere else. I think it will help people spot player-specific tells and remember tells more easily than they have before.
I don't like to toot my own horn, but check out some of the reviews on Amazon if you get a chance. I'm frankly very flattered by the response the book has gotten.