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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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i* How To Win at Low Limit Casino Poker, by Shane Smith, includes general strategies for low-limit play, and specific sections on Texas Hold’em, Omaha/8, Seven-Card Stud, and low buy-in tournament poker. It is well researched, well written and a good book for beginning players. Smith is also the author of Omaha Hi-Lo Poker. While Omaha Hi-Lo Poker is full of sound advice, we recommend that beginners become familiar with Texas Hold’em before venturing into an Omaha/8 game. But when you’re ready to learn Omaha, Smith’s book on Omaha should be your primer.
Hotd’em books for beginners
The following books should keep the aspiring Texas Hold’em player busy for a while:
v" Hold’em Excellence: From Beginner to Winner, by Lou Krieger
More Hold’em Excellence: A Winner For Life, by Lou Krieger
i* Winning Low Limit Hold’em, by Lee Jones
Actually, there is more than enough information in these three books to turn any newbie into a competitor who is far more knowledgeable than most beginning players. In fact, there’s enough information in these books to make a winning player out of anyone willing to study and apply the concepts they learn.
Se den-Card Stud books for beginners
Two books can give beginning stud players a solid grounding in the game:
Seven-Card Stud: The Complete Course in Winning at Medium and Lower Limits, by Roy West
Seven-Card Stud: The Waiting Game, by George Percy
West’s book is newer, easier to read, and broken down into lessons that make it easy for any beginner to get a good handle on the game.
Chapter 16: Learning More about Poker
Books (or advanced players
It’s probably not surprising that there are more books written for advanced players than beginners, even though there are far more beginning players than those skilled enough to consider themselves a cut above the beginner’s rung. Poker authors, after all, are not beginning players, and the natural temptation is to write to one’s own level of expertise rather than to write for those who are not quite so advanced.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, here are some additional books you’ll probably want to study to take your own game to the next level.
The "Championship" series
The Championship series of books, written by former World Champion Tom McEvoy and a man generally regarded as one of the best tournament players in the world, T. J. Cloutier, comprises the following:
| Championship Stud
!v* Championship Hold’em Championship Omaha 1 v0 Championship No-Limit and Pot Limit Hold’em
These books contain expert level advice from two highly regarded tournament professionals. The books are pragmatic and conversational in tone. Reading them is almost like listening to a tape recording of a conversation between two top players.
The “For Advanced Players" series
The “For Advanced Players” series of books is written by David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth, and, on occasion, Ray Zee. The series includes:
| v* Seven-Card Stud For Advanced Players
| Hold’em Poker For Advanced Players
1 v0 High-Low Split Poker For Advanced Players (contains sections on I Omaha/8 and Seven-Stud/8)
The For Advanced Players series and the Championship series are very different in tone, but it’s that very difference that makes them complementary. Sklansky, Malmuth, and Zee lean heavily toward theory that is based on sound analytical and mathematical underpinnings. The Championship series is much more conversational in tone, and takes you into the inner thoughts of professional players in the heat of battle.
Part IV: More Poker Fun
Tournament poker
We recommend two books for tournament players:
v* Tournament Poker, by Tom McEvoy, is probably the best book of its kind. McEvoy won the World Series of Poker in 1983, and has played poker professionally for more than two decades. This is a 340-page compendium of poker tournament advice, geared for experienced players.
v* Poker Tournament Tips From the Pros, by Shane Smith, is a good read for those new to tournament poker or for those seeking to enjoy themselves in smaller events (where the buy-ins are considerably less than what the big guns play for).
Other recommended books
A number of other books are worth reading, too. Bob Ciaffone’s books,
Omaha Hold’em Poker and Pot-Limit and No-Limit Poker, (the latter coauthored by Stewart Reuben), contain solid advice for experienced players, and both belong in the library of any serious player.
David Sklansky’s Getting the Best of It, Mason Malmuth’s Gambling Theory and Other Topics, along with his Poker Essays, and Poker Essays — Volume II, are also highly recommended. Another collection of essays is also worth reading — this one by long-time Card Player columnist and Las Vegas-based professional poker player Roy Cooke — titled, Real Poker: The Cooke Collection.
If you want to supplement all of this technical material with some books that give you the flavor of poker, we recommend The Biggest Game In Town, by A. Alvarez, which is about the World Series of Poker and its participants.
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