July 01, 2006

Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

After reading all about it in other books, I finally sat down and read "Caro's Book of Poker Tells" by Mike Caro. This was a legendary book when it came out, although not at the level of Brunson's famous "Super/System". The book was a very fast read, despite being a thick, oversized paperback. That's because of big margins, lots of pictures and a fair bit of repetition of similar points.

The pictures are hilariously outdated from the 70's, and they are pretty poor quality, but Caro gets his points across pretty well. I don't have enough experience to know just how well these tells apply in the game I play in. It seems to me that Caro's tells are more apt to work in Vegas when you are playing with a bunch of strangers rather than a friendly cash game.

Some of Caro's tells, like someone intentionally grabbing for the pot to try to show strength before the hand is over, would be over-the-line rude in the game I play, and a few other ploys are of that quality in the book. Still, tells like "glance at your chips" or "pretend disinterest" when strong are probably useful if I were observant enough to catch them.

I actually found Phil Gordon's summary of Caro's rules more concise and useful than Caro's book, but that summary wouldn't have been possible without the mad genius of Caro in the first place. I would love to see an updated version of this for use in friendly home games rather than casino games, also a version exclusive to Hold 'Em.

BTW, with my new bankroll, I'm playing again Monday night with my brother's group. Unless I do horrible, I'll be playing with my profit from a couple of weeks ago, so it should be a lot of fun. Maybe I'll be brave enough to be more aggressive, though so far, playing very tight has tended to pay off. I imagine my luck is bound to change because there are too many other good players in this group (even the loose players seem to have good instincts from so much experience compared to me).

Posted by Observer at July 1, 2006 09:41 PM

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