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Doyle Brunson's super system: A course in power poker Unknown Binding – 1979

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  • Unknown Binding: 605 pages
  • Publisher: B & G Pub. Co; 2nd ed edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006XZBF0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
When this was first published in the seventies it caused a sensation. Immediately recognized as the most ambitious poker book ever written, it nonetheless was received with irritation by some professionals because it was believed that Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson and his collaborators gave away too much, thereby allowing the amateurs to catch up, thereby cutting into the professional player's take.
There is more than a little truth to this accusation. Poker is an ever-evolving superset of games with the individual games changing over time as the players learn how one game and then another should be played. Write a revealing book and the old games disappear more quickly and the "rocks" have to learn the new game in order to continue to make a living. Today's most important games are hold'em and seven card stud. Both are covered in this book, hold'em quite extensively.
What sets Brunson's Super/System apart from other poker books is first the prestige and celebrity of the writers, especially Doyle himself, but also Bobby Baldwin (also a World Champion); David "Chip" Reese, Doyle's expert on seven-card stud; Joey Hawthorne on Low-Ball; David Sklanski on Hi-Low; and Mike Caro (MJC) on draw poker. I used to play with Sklanski and MJC back in the sixties in Gardena when the only legal game in the California clubs was draw poker, both lowball and jacks or better. Sklanski has gone on to be one of the game's great theoreticians and the author of several excellent books on poker. Caro, known as "the Mad Genius of Poker," has formed his own "Poker University" and is partly responsible for this book's republication, and has become quite a poker entrepreneur.
Second, there is the comprehensive coverage of the games from five card draw to no limit hold'em.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By PokerPro on 7 May 2004
Format: Paperback
Along with David Sklansky's Hold'em Poker, Doyle Brunson's Super/System, originally titled How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker, heralds the beginning of what I would call the "modern age" of poker. More than anything else, I believe that the rise in poker's popularity over the last 25 years is due to the amount of good information that has been made available about the game, and Super/System is preeminent among the information sources that brought about this surge in popularity. However, it may be asked, how does this classic stand up more than 20 years after its initial publication?
The book begins with some introductory remarks, including an abbreviated history of Brunson's poker career, before the author launches into some general strategies for winning poker. This is all stuff that today's well-read poker player will take for granted: keep emotional control, carefully watch the competition, play patiently, etc., but it's pretty much all good advice. I can't say I completely agree with Brunson's feelings about ESP, but the information he provides isn't damaging.
Then, for the bulk of the book, Brunson has someone he considers to be a true expert in a given poker game lay out their advice on how to be a consistent winner. He assigned draw poker to Mike Caro, 7 card stud to Chip Reese, the various forms of lowball to Joey Hawthorne, 7 card stud high-low split to David Sklansky, and Bobby Baldwin and Brunson himself tackle limit and no-limit Texas hold'em, respectively. This is as solid a lineup of poker players as has ever been assembled. The book concludes with a glossary and a compendium of poker numbers and charts compiled by Mike Caro, explaining the various possibilities of various occurrences in the games covered in the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tancrede on 11 May 2009
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This is quite a large book and it covers several different variations of poker - Draw Poker, 7-Card Stud, Lowball, High-Low Split and Texas Hold'em. Consequently only about 20% of the book relates to the most popular variation - No Limit Texas Hold'em. That's the only bit I was interested in and the only part I read; my comments therefore concentrate only that section, which is written by Doyle Brunson himself (the other parts are written by 'guest' authors who may be better). This is quite an old book written before Hold'em became popular. It is written in a sort of sloppy rambling style which incorporates a lot of poker slang; this sometimes creates ambiguity. The word TURN often refers to the FLOP and not what we nowdays call the Turn card. One of the claims for this book is that it is "written by Players not Writers". That may be the problem. Doyle Brunson is very good at poker but he cannot teach. Instead seems to use the book to show clever he is at poker, which undoubtedly he is. His belief in Extra-Sensory Perception and faith in 'luck coming in rushes' is really no help to someone trying to learn some sound principals. The relevance of his miraculous cure from cancer and his belief in Faith Healers' is also questionable. Although the book is called Super System it is not very systematic, more of a haphazard ramble. The section on Texas Hold'em is not very well structured and if there is some good advice hidden in there it is not easy to find. If you are looking for a book to help you improve your poker then this book is NOT for you.Try something else.
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