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Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in Texas Hold'em [Hardcover]

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Book Description

4 Dec 2006
In POKER: THE REAL DEAL AND PHIL GORDON'S LITTLE GREEN BOOK, Phil Gordon - co-host of Celebrity Poker Showdown and a world-class player and teacher - shared the strategies, tips, and expertise he's gleaned during his phenomenally successful career. Now, he shows players how to apply those theories to actual hands in order to make smart, confident decisions with every move. Gordon walks readers through hands that he's encountered in six different scenarios, from an online cash game to a World Series of Poker match, revealing not only what plays he made, but also why he made them. He relates what goes through a pro's mind in every situation, whether it's a timely bluff or a questionable call, and helps players calculate their own best moves in the most pressure-fuelled, lightning-paced situations. In analyzing specific hands, Gordon also imparts important lessons in key poker skills such as calculating odds, shorthanded play, and discovering tells. And he discusses memorable plays - the good and the oh-so-bad - from Celebrity Poker Showdown, explaining why players made certain moves and, in many cases, what they should have done differently. Insightful, witty, and filled with real-life pro secrets, LITTLE BLUE BOOK is required reading for every player looking to make a profit and raise his game to the next level.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (4 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416927190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416927198
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.4 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the "Little Green Book" in action, and both books keep me in the money." -- Paul Wolfe

About the Author

Phil Gordon is the co-host of Bravo's hit show Celebrity Poker Showdown and a world-class poker player. He has won more than $1,200,000 in tournaments in the last three years, including a first place finish in the World Poker Tour in 2002 and a fourth place finish in the 2001 World Series of Poker. The author of POKER: THE REAL DEAL, Gordon lives in Las Vegas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any poker player. 7 Oct 2010
By G. Mead
This book follows 'Phil Gordon's Little Green Book'. Having digested the details from the first book I felt intrigued to see how the blue book followed on. I am pleased to say it does not disappoint. This blue book takes what you've already learnt from the first and puts you at the table of lots of key hands Phil has played over the years. At every junction of every hand, Phil asks you, "what would you do know?". Providing you take the opportunity to test yourself you see how you decisions differ from his and the result of his decisions. Phil doesn't claim to be making the best decisions and evidences this on several hands. It's a great insight into a professional players thought process and considerations before making your decision
I think I prefered this book to it's 'little green sister' but both are very good. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or accomplished player, this book will give you an edge.
Since reading these books I have played two cash games over 6-7 hours and made over 600 profit!! I think that speaks volumes for these books!

Teddy Mead (poker enthusiast but by no means 'accomplished player'!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, well worth while buying it. 8 Dec 2012
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Delivered very quickly in mint condition ; I have read it and learnt a lot ; I even think by using what I have learnt my results at poker have improved. Good vendor, great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't Made Our Son a Fortune! 7 Dec 2012
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Gave this as a gift to our eldest son; so can't really comment other than to say that there were no complaints.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant, but good 22 Mar 2012
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Phil Gordon's writing treads a fine line between being entertaining and infuriatingly arrogant. It's a typical cliquey poker-pro writing style, which for the more reserved British reader may be a little annoying at times (I found it quite good fun).

But for the more important stuff, the content: it's very good. The only apparent structure to the book is the type of tournament or stage of the tournament we are in - otherwise it's just a long, unstructured series of plays. I didn't find this a problem as I just read it cover-to-cover, but it would mean that finding specific plays would be tricky.

His choice of hands is a little skewed as well. There are a LOT of examples of going in with weak or marginal hands only to flop two pair or better. I would have preferred to see more examples of less helpful flops.

Overall, though, these are detailed thought-processes for each play, explained in detail, and with refreshing honesty when he knows he made a bad play. Recommended.
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