Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Joe Navarro spent over twenty-five years with the FBI, working both as an agent and as a supervisor in the area of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work, he has become one of the foremost authorities on reading the nonverbal communications that human beings exhibit when they are lying.

Joe first realized that his skill set could be applicable to poker after filming a Discovery Channel special entitled “More Than Human” where he met Annie Duke in a test of human lie detectors against machine lie detectors. He then applied his craft at Camp Hellmuth, Phil’s poker fantasy camp in August 2005, and by some accounts, stole the show with his presentation on Decoding Non Verbals at the Poker Table.

Applying his expertise to poker, Joe is revolutionizing the science of detecting and interpreting tells. The subtle mannerisms that betray the strength or weakness of a player’s hand. Navarro teaches "Read Em and Reap" seminar, and often shares his information at WSOP Academy events.

Navarro is now poised to reinvent the study of poker “tells” and create a new generation of poker players to be feared. You can read some of Narro's articles online at

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