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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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Not all the elements of a poker game are within your control. Your opponent can do everything wrong and still get lucky. That happens, and nothing you can do will put a stop to it. In fact, you should be happy when a poor player sticks around when he really should have folded and wins with a hand that’s a real long shot. After all, if he keeps playing that way, the money he won really isn’t his; it’s just visiting.
Good players beat bad players in the long run, and you shouldn’t lose sight of that just because you lost a pot you figured to win. You’ll get it all back and more when you consider all the times a poor player will stick around with those long shots and not get lucky. It’s never as dramatic, but in the long run, you’ll come out far the better of it when you are the favorite and your opponents are the underdogs. Because poker has a large element of short-term luck associated with it, it doesn’t matter whether any one effort is successful. What does matter is knowing when a positive expectation is associated with a given play.
Alt Kinds of Poker Books
There’s enough recommended reading material in this chapter to give you an undergraduate degree in poker. Like any recent college graduate, however, you’ll find the real world to be somewhat different, and education at an entirely new level begins at the table. Nevertheless, these books will provide the basics you need.
Chapter 16: Learning More about Poker
Moreover, they are books you’ll probably reread many times. Some of the concepts and strategies in the advanced books are very sophisticated, and beginning players will not grasp all of their potential implications in one reading. In fact, the more one learns, the more applicable many of these books become. You’ll find yourself reading and digesting them in a repeating process of “read, play, and think,” and never stopping because the process of learning and thinking about poker should never cease.
Books for beginners
Recently there has been an explosion of poker books hitting the market. You picked this one, and it’s a good start. Many excellent poker books have been written in the past decade — as well as a few that are really dreadful. Right now there is enough literature to build an entire poker curriculum, just as if we were going to construct a college reading list about poker.
Our intention in compiling this list is to not only identify worthwhile books, but to specify their order of study. To learn how to play well, and to do so quickly, you need a desire to learn and enough hours at the table to apply your new-found knowledge under game conditions. If you aspire to becoming a better player, there’s more you need to read once you’ve thoroughly digested this book, and the reading list for our poker curriculum follows.
General poker theory
| i'*' The Theory of Poker, by David Sklansky. Originally published in 1983 I under the title Winning Poker, this classic is an absolute requirement for
, any player who seeks a thorough grounding in poker theory. Sklansky
| discusses poker theory and strategic concepts against a variety of
? games and situations. No matter what game you might decide to special-I ize in, this book is one that you will often refer to.
I t-'' Super System — A Course in Power Poker, by Doyle Brunson. This is the ;< bible of “how-to” poker books, covering most games you’ll ever want to
; play. It was written by two-time world champion Brunson, along with
selected experts such as Mike Caro, Chip Reese, David Sklansky, and former world champion Bobby Baldwin. In spite of changes in game ' structure that have occurred over the years, Super System is still the
I second book in your syllabus.
1 U* Caro’s Book of Tells, by Mike Caro. For a long time this was the only book * available dealing with body language at the table. Now this book has been supplemented with a two-tape video package called Caro’s Pro Poker Tells, i If one picture is worth a thousand words, these videos are worth millions.
I i'*' Sklansky on Poker, by David Sklansky. This incorporates an earlier book I titled Sklansky on Razz into a book full of solid, easily understood poker theory. Although not a magnus opus like The Theory of Poker, it belongs I on the bookshelf of any serious poker student.
Part IV: More Poker Fun
Improve Your Poker, by Bob Ciaffone. Ciaffone, a Card Player Magazine columnist called “The Coach,” presents sophisticated strategic concepts in such an easily understood manner that we decided to include this book in the recommended reading list for beginners. His advice on deception and bluffing, reading opponents, and tournament play is excellent, as are the sections on Hold’em, Stud, and Omaha poker.
Fundamental Secrets of Poker, by Mike Caro. This book captures the most important concepts that Caro teaches at his popular poker seminars. (Caro takes his seminars on the road from time to time, but his home base is the Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life, based at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California.) This book provides sound advice on Seven-Card Stud and Hold’em, and contains tips on money management, teHs, psychology, and tournament advice.
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