This guy is right on the money. Poker is no longer a game of mindless fish dumping their money out on the table. It was 10 years ago, it may have even been 5 years ago, but for those who didn't get the gettin while the gettin was good, the climb from beginner to pro is now about as likely as a straight flush. Those who are currently pros, got into poker when playing a solid game was a rarity. Now they float on endorsements, sponsorships, and of course, winning 1 million dollars in 2005 means you can probably continue to play high stakes for life.
I've wasted a couple years putting in hours a day playing poker, both online and B&M, reading book after book after book (NEW BOOKS). I couldn't help but realize that not only was everybody playing very mindful, attentive, disciplined poker, but also, that everybody at the table was already implementing the "secrets" I thought would give me an edge, even at the micros. Especially at the micros! There are articles now, there are blogs, there are pod casts, radio shows, televised events, forums, and COACHING! Any poker tip worth a single big blind is outdated after only a couple months, because news travels fast, and even true beginners are paying attention now.
People know what your 3/4 pot bet means. They know pot odds. They know EV. They know all the things that people didn't know 8 years ago, when knowing these things actually gave you an edge. They know that aggression beats being passive. They know player types, they know how to spot LAG or TAG. They know everything!
Online poker tables, 9 times out of ten, have very reasonable avg pot sizes, and very reasonable # of post flop players. Even free poker games look like a WSOP event. People show up with sunglasses and headphones, and play like 1st place is 1.2 million, and not a $60 visa gift card. Poker is now flooded with millions upon millions of people playing a sound, disciplined game. 18 year old kids are playing better than Doyle Brunson!
Poker has officially been perfected. Trying to make a living playing poker is not entirely impossible, but it can no longer be viewed as a profitable opportunity. It now has to be viewed as a sport. Trying to make good money in poker, is now no easier than trying to make good money in Golf, or Billiards, or Curling (ok bad example). It's not IMPOSSIBLE, but in order to be competitive, you'll have to dedicate your life to it.
People won't like this book simply because they hate to admit defeat. They see it as a sign of weakness. They think they'll beat the odds and be the one, they still have the insanely outdated, and unlikely "Moneymaker" fever. But sometimes, you have to know when to draw the line between persistence and futility. This book is the slap in the face you need, and you'll be better off for it. Accept the truth, save yourself the money, the time, and the frustration. I say, go find something that is currently where poker was 10 years ago; popular but not perfected. 5 or 10 years from now, people will be trying to climb the ladder of something that you took advantage of while the getting was good.