What is the best way to buy the videos? All together or one at a time?
I believe there is value in all of the videos for most people, so buying or renting the whole package is the recommended way to buy them (although obviously I’m a bit biased). Buying/renting them all together saves a few dollars compared to buying them separately. And buying them all together lets you more easily access the content all in one place (as opposed to receiving several emails).
But purchasing them separately is fine; that’s why I created them as standalone videos. Purchasing them separately is only a little bit more expensive than buying them as a package. Some reasons to purchase them separately:
• You already are familiar with the concepts of some of the videos and only want to watch a few of the videos.
• You want to see what the quality is like before buying more.
If you want to purchase them separately, go to this page.
Are these videos meant for beginning poker players or experienced players?
In my humble (and maybe biased) opinion, I think all poker players will get value from these videos. I’ve specifically created them in a way I hope will speak to all audiences: beginner-level players and experienced, professional-lever players.
For the more beginner-level players, the main value will come from being able to eliminate their own (sometimes obvious) tells. Becoming harder to read is more important for these players than is being able to read their opponents. This is because beginner-level players should be focused on strategic considerations. Focusing on reading tells is a mistake and a distraction for almost all beginners, mainly because they don’t really know what to do with the information even if they are able to notice something.
For poker players who have played a good amount but who aren’t yet at a professional-level, they will get value both from eliminating their own tells and spotting tells in opponents. These players will have a better idea of when it’s smart to let opponent behavior influence a decision and when to ignore it, so they will get more value from reading opponents.
For very experienced and professional-level players, a lot of the information in these videos will already be known. But I think that there may be value in making some of these concepts more concrete and conscious, as opposed to more unconscious and feel-based. And for players who play high stakes, even a small amount of information can mean a substantial increase in profit. Even if a high-stakes player gains only one new piece of valuable information from watching all of my videos, that one piece of information could easily be worth thousands of dollars over time.
For the reasons above, I can confidently say that I believe these videos provide value for all poker players, no matter experience-level or stake-level.
What does the video content include?
Every video includes at least five examples of real-game examples of the behavior in question, along with an explanation of why these behaviors are often valuable, and what factors might affect your interpretation of the behavior. About half of the videos consist of actual analysis of real hands, and about half are discussions about the reasons behind the pattern and the factors involved. You can get a good idea of the content from watching the trailer video at the top of this page.
The currently available videos are not intended to cover all relevant poker tells, or even the most valuable poker tells. Instead, these videos have been created based on the footage that was available and the behaviors I’ve noticed as I’ve analyzed the footage.
I will continue to create new videos and add to this library over time. I hope to add at least another 10 videos in the next year or so.
What is the preferred order in which to watch these videos?
The videos were created to be standalone and to be watched in any order.
Having said that, it was necessary to put the videos in some sort of order for listing/organizational purposes so I have put together a suggested order. But it’s only a light suggestion and you should feel comfortable watching them in any order.
How long are the videos? How big are the files?
The videos are between 10 and 18 minutes long, with most being around 14-15 minutes long.
The downloadable files (only available when you buy the videos, not rent them) are between 120 and 200 MBs.
What poker footage did you use and how was it selected?
I use footage from the Windy City Poker Championships (WCPC), which are shot in Chicago and produced by Kirk Fallah of Fallah Productions.
WCPC holds both tournaments and cash games, and the footage I use is taken from both types of games. Tournament buy-ins range in size from $500 to $1,500. The cash game footage I’ve used is mostly from $1-2 and $2-5 NLHE. All of the game footage is of No-Limit Hold’em.
A note about the players featured in these videos: I am not in any way implying that the players used as examples are ‘bad players,’ nor am I even necessarily implying that the featured players have reliable poker tells. In many cases, footage was chosen because it was a good example of how a behavior typically shows up from average players, not because it was proven to be a reliable poker tell for that individual. It’s entirely possible for the players I featured to be behaviorally well-balanced over time. In other words, if you are featured in the video, please do not take offense.
I’ve read your poker tells books. Why should I buy these videos?
Many of the concepts in these videos are admittedly covered in my books. The main value will be in seeing real-life situations and behaviors, which can be much more memorable and instructive compared to written descriptions.
Also, many people say that they are primarily visual learners, so these videos could be much more educational for them than are the books.
Also, being able to see compilations of real-world behaviors lets you make your own judgments about the situations and the factors that might be present during a hand. So even if you end up disagreeing with some of my points, you’ll still have something to think about and potentially learn something from.
Although a lot of the general concepts are the same as those in my books, there are some improvements in content. For one thing, my understanding of behavior has changed and improved over the last few years. (For example, the more time passes, the more problems I see with my first book, Reading Poker Tells, because I’m continually finding better ways to think about behavior and better ways to phrase things.) So there are some concepts in these videos that are different and more advanced than content in my first book. In some ways, I think these videos do a better job of tying together general patterns and other related behaviors.
Also: there is one video about a verbal tell that I didn’t talk about in my book Verbal Poker Tells. (It’s the one thing in hindsight that I would add to Verbal Poker Tells, and I may add it in a future edition.)