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Read 'em and Reap
by Joe Navarro
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It is important to remember that a good game of poker is played through part luck, part math, and part deception. Some people use deception with great success because they know how to read those silent tells and keep their own tells down. Learning to read these unspoken messages is often a matter of trial and error, or at least it was before this book. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintellegence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis, offers his knowlwedge and techniques, with illustration, and examples from poker pro Phil Hellmuth, to teach you how to decode your opponents nonverbal cues. This book picks up where others have left off and is doubly good because it's written from the point of view of a people reader and not a poker player, a reader who has already caught some serious tells given off by some of the world's best poker experts.

Read 'Em And Reap; Chan's Cash Games Book-- Double Dynamite

Two powerful new titles for poker players have arrived at Gambler's Book Shop, each covering an area rarely discussed but badly needed.

Joe Navarro, a retired FBI agent here applies his skills toHoward SchwartzHoward Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," is the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he has held since 1979. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.  Howard's website is  teach players how to decode poker tells in cooperation with Phil Hellmuth. He has some great new ideas in Read 'Em and Reap (213 pages, paperbound, $18.95).

Interestingly, the great Johnny Chan, a multiple winner of the World Series of Poker, and one tough customer to read if you're up against him, has his new work, Million Dollar Hold 'em—Limit Cash Games, co-authored with Mark Karowe (359 pages, paperbound, $29.95) available at the same time.

Looking first at the Hellmuth-Navarro collaboration, which people have been looking forward to for almost a year (when it first announced the book was being written),

This work picks up where Caro's Book of Poker Tells; The Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells and Beyond Tells leave off.

Navarro's contribution to the book is unique. He's been studying and using "non-verbal behaviors" to detect deception and solve cases involving criminals and terrorists for more than two decades with the FBI. Even more interesting is the fact he consults with top poker players worldwide letting them know what tells they project (but does not reveal those specific tells to opponents).

Fifteen chapters, illustrations and a nice index to topics, along with a reasonable price make this one of the bargains of the year.

Chapters include learning to conceal, not reveal; high and low confidence tells; tells of the hands; tells of the mouth and identifying moves like touching the neck; back of the neck; exhaling; face stroking; pacifying moves; creating table image.

For any level player, understand if this book teaches you one or two things to watch for or avoid doing yourself in a game, it has paid for itself immediately.

It's a must-have. Period.

(Note: Navarro will appear to sign books from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday November 18. The store in Las Vegas, is located at 630 South 11th St., a block west of Maryland Parkway, just off Charleston Boulevard. Gambler's Book Shop is a mile from downtown).

Cash games. People are hot to play them.

So Johnny Chan and Mark Karowe have the perfect book for limit games.

Packed with sample hands, illustrations and analysis, the book, with 11 sections includes vital material from bankroll requirements and moving up and down in limits to keeping in shape.

The authors discuss folding a trap hands in a variety of situations; why the first bet often wins a pot; playing the player; betting a big hand on the flop and slowplaying on the turn; taking control of a hand; folding top pair in the blind or in late position; betting for value.

Other sections concentrate on leading into strength to get maximum value; disguising the strength of your hand; re-raising to isolate with a hand that plays well heads-up.

A handy five-page section discusses outs, odds and percentages. Overall, this is a solid way to improve your cash game play, from a player who has been through it all. He advised 2006 World Series of Poker winner Jamie Gold.

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