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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Conjelco; 2nd edition (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886070148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886070141
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,576,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2003
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if you own the book Poker for Dummies, forget this book. All the important bits appear in the chapter on Hold 'em poker word for word. Not a great suprise when you consider that they were written by the same author but still very irritating if you own the dummies book (which i do).
this book is actually not too bad its just very 'wordy'. There is alot of good information contained here, but not many examples of actual play compared to other books. The information within the chapters would have been better presented with more sub-headings to help with understanding.
I did find some of the book, particularly the later chapters to be a little like an American self-help seminar. I thought at one point the book would suggest chanting 'i am going to win' but luckily the breaks came on in time.
This book is actually not too bad although put simply; There are just better books around.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. MacLean on 11 Aug. 2006
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First off, I have a confession to make, I'm only pulling my finger out to write this review because I'm putting a copy of this book up for sale. Still, I'll try to make it as helpful and unbiased as I can.

This is a great book for beginners. It covers the fundamentals of low-limit poker well, with solid sections on hand-selection and play at each stage of the game. The book sticks to its mantra of selective aggression and introduces beginners to some of the fundamental concepts of poker, most importantly the idea that each individual player is responsible for their game. Krieger's style is easy-to-read (he co-authored Poker for Dummies) and he explains himself clearly.

I can not recommend this book highly enough, for beginners to limit hold'em. The reason I am selling it is because I have moved on and am short of storage space (I'm keeping the follow-up to this book).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read solid game fundamentals 21 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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Lou Krieger's analysis of the fundamentals of Hold 'em is rock solid. A great book for the amateur Hold'em player who wishes to add some solid basic strategy to their game. The "Start Chart" presented in the book is a very good (and pretty easy to remember) set of starting standards for Hold'em play, and Krieger does a good job of pointing out the necessity of adjusting your starting standards based on position and the texture of the game. This is a good book for the average low-limit casino player or home player looking to play in a casino. If you don't already play Hold'em, this book will probably be above your head. If you're already playing at mid to high limits and don't know the stuff in this book, don't read it, just keep donating.
You can't control luck, but you can control your money. Discipline!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Supplemental Book for Beginner / Intermediate Hold'em Players 9 Jan. 2006
By Scott R. Dukart - Published on
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Let me start with what this book isn't. This isn't a good first book for beginnning hold'em players. A more appropriate book for a newbie would be Lee Jones' excellent "Winning Low Limit Hold'em" (especially with the new 3rd edition that I haven't had a chance to read yet, but it's almost twice the thickness of my 2nd edition). This isn't a book that gives the reader a fleshed-out system on how to play limit hold'em. It's subtitle, "From Beginner to Winner" really isn't true. I don't think this book would take a complete newcomer and turn them into a winner.

All that being said, now let me say what this book is. This is a book that will help a new to intermediate player to start to think actively about low-to-mid limit hold'em. The above-mentioned Lee Jones book gives a new player a system that helps him or her to play "good" poker. That is the "how" for a beginner. "Hold'em Excellence" gives the reader ideas to think about, and actively debate. This is the "why" and the "what if" for a beginnner.

To put it another way, this is a beginner course in poker theory. Many of the more experienced players have probably read (or should read) Phil Gordon's "Little Green Book". Gordon's book helps an advanced player creatively and actively think about no-limit hold'em. Hold-em Excellence helps a beginnner-to-intermediate player creatively think about low-to-mid limit hold'em. This book helps a player to start to think about questions such as when should I raise? How do I start to analyze the other players? How do I change my play based on table conditions? How strong is my hand, really? It helps players to understand why to do what they are supposed to.

I should list a few caveats. The writing isn't stellar, and the grammar is at times bad. The book could have used a better editing job, as sometimes the summaries are full of info that wasn't in the preceding chapter. But this is a book about poker from a poker player, so please forgive the nitpicks. Also, this book is by no means complete, but it shouldn't be. A more advanced player could complain that the chapters aren't nearly as complete as they could be, but a new player would be overwhelmed by something more than this. This book isn't trying to be Sklansky's "Theory of Poker." Theory of Poker is post-doc work, and this is undergraduate level.

So, what is this book? This book is a great supplemental book. Don't get it as your first book, but once you have a basic idea as to how to play poker, read this so you can start to think about the whys, the maybes, and the what ifs. In this way, I think this book is excellent for both the beginner and the more advanced player. This is a book for any poker player who needs to move beyond the sheer basics of poker and begin to think about the game from a higher point of view.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good for starters without a clue! 3 stars for advanced playr 4 Feb. 2002
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This is a good book if you are just getting started. Lou will take you from the very basic start to a few common plays that come up often in a holdem game. This book also tells you how to become a great player but one must be devoted and have great discipline. This is a great book for starters. It is also a good book to have in your libaray if you are an advanced player. Like Lou says if you only find one thing useful and it helps you win a pot then your investment was worth it, as you can use it many times over.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid Advice 1 Jun. 2001
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This book is a solid compliment to other starting Hold EM books. I would suggest this as a second or third book for the interested player (winning Low Limit Hold'em might be a better first book) It gives sound advice on positional play, and reading the board. I noticed Mike Caro's influence on this book as well, and he is undisputadely one of the best authorities on the game.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Too vague and rambling 11 Oct. 2005
By David Obrien - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this after Lee Jones' excellent "Winning Low-Limit Hold'em". Krieger's book was not nearly as useful. And although it's a short book, it's not concise.

I'm not sure what the target audience is for this book:

- It's not for beginners, because it skips a lot of basic stuff.

- Not for intermediates, because it doesn't offer anything beyond Jones' book.

While the writing style is decent and the organization is promising, the content is rambling with a bunch of dead-end special cases.

And the publisher really needs to hire an editor. I've never read a book with so many typos.

If you haven't read Jones yet, that's the one to get for starting out in hold'em. You could probably do worse with this book, but Jones is a lot better (and shorter to boot).
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