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 Post subject: buying poker books
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:51 pm 
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well I prolly should do a promo and get 3 books... might do that.

However...

I want to play 2-4, 3-6, 5-10 even... at Casino's, Branford, Niagara, Rama etc.

What books should I have?

I am looking at

-Sklansky & Malmuth Small Stakes Hold'em

Iv heard great things about Harrington....

I don't want to read 'many books' but just 2 'essentials' would be good

-Playing properly 'in position' pre-flop, post flop play... all that stuff.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:06 pm 
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I recommend you put your books away and learn the new way to play with training videos. I have learnt more from Cardrunners than all 12 books I had prior to subscribing. Especially if you want to move up stakes at the live games.

Good Luck!


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 3:00 pm 
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I went ahead and bought

Small Stakes Hold Em.. Sklansky & Miller & Malmuth

I give this book 9/10

Amazing insight and explanation of concepts, strategy and how to properly evaluate your own cards pre & post flop.

I was aware of certain concepts... pot odds (when the commentator says) its only 10g's more to call in a pot of 150g... so you call to see the river.

But seeing how I will be playing 2-4 3-6 & 5-10 games mostly... this book is perfect.

Like any strategy... its about perfecting 'your' individual 'evaluation' skills of your own circumstances... then picking up on the behaviours of others around the table. That is much of what is said.

Ill be honest.. i went to the cardrunners webpage, seems ok. Anyone else back up cardrunners?


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:47 pm 
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Definately, I'd rather watch 10 videos than all the books in the world. You just retain so much more info with videos and cardrunners does an excellent job with it.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 9:00 pm 
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I usually buy books and never end up reading them.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 9:52 pm 
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River + Actyper: What do you guys think of stox? im thinking of doing the 12 month subscription promo?

Thanks guys


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 11:41 pm 
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I signed up with stox just to SEE what it was all about. I can't say I am impressed.

When my subscription runs out (doesn't matter I don't even go there anymore), I hardly think I'll bother renewing.


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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 9:18 am 
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Stox is a solid product. It depends on what limits and games you play but you won't go wrong with the #2 training site on the market. I'm not going to repeat what we said on our review, just go check it out for yourself and make up your mind from that.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:03 am 
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d-onion wrote:
I usually buy books and never end up reading them.


Same here lol


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:09 am 
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No Limit Holdem: Theory and Practice is the only book you need.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:29 pm 
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Yea...books are good...but try a training site to..I was at Poker VT...I liked it very muxch and learn a lot...


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:38 am 
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Has anybody tried Gus Hansen's book "Every hand revealed"? Was thinking about ordering it after I didn't get much out of some online poker tips I tried. :) Was also thinking about getting NEgreanu's book Power Book. Anything else, that I should read?


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VenJames wrote:
Has anybody tried Gus Hansen's book "Every hand revealed"? Was thinking about ordering it after I didn't get much out of some online poker tips I tried. :) Was also thinking about getting NEgreanu's book Power Book. Anything else, that I should read?


read everything you can. go slowly, move up the ranks at your own pace.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:03 pm 
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VenJames wrote:
Has anybody tried Gus Hansen's book "Every hand revealed"? Was thinking about ordering it after I didn't get much out of some online poker tips I tried. :) Was also thinking about getting NEgreanu's book Power Book. Anything else, that I should read?


I have Hansen's book, it isn't bad, but it's more of a story rather than a book on strategy. There are a few interesting hands where his thought process is helpful to see how he comes up with his decisions, but for the most part it's "I have a pair, he probably doesn't have one, I call/raise" :P


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:21 pm 
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Negreanu's book is good...I also, believe it or not, actually enjoyed reading Helmuth's first book. Regardless of what you think of him and the way he acts (with the key word being "acts") on TV, the guy's very knowledgable and his books are worth reading.

Anything by Harrington is also worth reading.

As far as the "Video vs. Book" debate - that really is a personal preference. Different people retain information better in different venues. Some people do better reading, others do better watching, and some can only learn by doing. Find what works for you, and go with it.


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