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books on poker

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by philosophe, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. BayArea

    BayArea Active Member

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    I'd avoid Chris Moneymaker, he won big one tournament when Hold Em was new, then hasn't really won anything since, and I believe he is struggling to make ends meet now, so personally his advice isn't worthwhile.
    Helmuth is the commentator for ESPN2 poker now and knows a lot but might not be a good teacher.
     
  2. Renault78law

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    The Body Language of Poker.

    I'm not sure if it's still in print, but it makes a great gift since one of the draws of poker is being able to read your opponents.
     
  3. DNW

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    The Financial Times published this story a while back about Chris Ferguson's game theory approach to poker. It's an interesting read for those with Math or Econ background. Article: http://www.timharford.com/favourites/pokermachine.htm The article also refers to the one book that started it all: Theory of Games and Economic Behavior - John von Neumann
     
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    This This story about a rich banker taking on the world's best sounds like it would be worth a read as well.

    Tom



    Really enjoyable story - I picked this up for a song in Central Park a couple of years ago to read on the train home. Well worth the cost. Didn't teach me a lot about poker technique, but it did give insight into the psychology of the players...
     
  5. mdk

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    Well, I won a seat in the world series of poker from partypoker last night so I definitely have to go pick up some of these books today. I've already read the super system, but that's about it. Im probably gonna be sick of reading about poker by the time the tourney comes around.

    I'd recommend that you pick up Tournament Poker for Advanced Players by Sklansky/Malmuth and Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein. Barry's book isn't strictly about tournaments, but it has nice general tips about poker to help you get into a good mindset.
     
  6. tsloop

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    I'd recommend that you pick up Tournament Poker for Advanced Players by Sklansky/Malmuth and Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein. Barry's book isn't strictly about tournaments, but it has nice general tips about poker to help you get into a good mindset.

    I actually picked up Tournament Poker for Advanced Players and Hold Em Poker for Advanced Players when I first started playing. I read the Hold Em Poker when I got it and just started reading Tournament Poker yesterday. I think I'll go pick up Ace on the River and HOH today. I only have 43 days till the tourney so the next couple weeks is probably gonna include more reading and playing than is healthy, but it will be worth it if I can make it into the money. Even if I dont, a week at the MGM grand plus 1000 cash aint bad for the $215 entry fee.
     
  7. Caligula

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  8. mdk

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    Another thing that many internet players don't have experience with is playing with deeper stacks. Since you start with 200x the big blind, there will be lots of room to play early on and take advantage of the players who don't know how to play deep. On PokerStars, they have Deep Stack tournaments where players start with extra chips and have slower blind levels. Those would be good practice if you want to brush up on playing with bigger stacks.
     
  9. tsloop

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    Another thing that many internet players don't have experience with is playing with deeper stacks. Since you start with 200x the big blind, there will be lots of room to play early on and take advantage of the players who don't know how to play deep. On PokerStars, they have Deep Stack tournaments where players start with extra chips and have slower blind levels. Those would be good practice if you want to brush up on playing with bigger stacks.

    that's one thing I'm worried about, I'm used to starting out with 2k chips and having blinds raised quickly, so starting with 10k and having 90 minute rounds is gonna be a change, I'm playing a partypoker million dollar guaranteed and just starting with 5k is really different. I did get to play for the first time in a live casino yesterday, I took 23rd out of 250 or so buyins at a rebuy tourney at bay 101.
     
  10. mdk

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    that's one thing I'm worried about, I'm used to starting out with 2k chips and having blinds raised quickly, so starting with 10k and having 90 minute rounds is gonna be a change, I'm playing a partypoker million dollar guaranteed and just starting with 5k is really different. I did get to play for the first time in a live casino yesterday, I took 23rd out of 250 or so buyins at a rebuy tourney at bay 101.

    Yeah, playing those Deep Stack tournaments and reading the 2+2 Forums will really help you out and give you a bigger advantage.

    Also, if you win the $10M, I'll take $100K. Thanks.
     
  11. tsloop

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    I love the 2+2 forums, they have helped me so much since I started lurking over there about a month ago. It's cool getting tips from Raymer and all of the other good internet players over there.
     
  12. hanker565

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    Caro's book of tells is one of my favorites...good stuff for getting started on reading your opponents
     

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