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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: D&B Publishing; 1st Edition edition (12 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904468306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904468301
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rolf Slotboom is the best short-stack Pot-Limit Omaha player in the world. After this book, Pot-Limit Omaha will never be the same. --Rob Hollink EPT GRAND FINAL WINNER 2005

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Rolf Slotboom is a highly successful poker pro and columnist for the US magazine Card Player. He is also editor of Card Player Europe.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mightymath on 18 Jan 2007
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I love this book and can't recommend it highly enough. Packed with good advice. The practice hands are very detailed, both in setting up situations, and in pros and cons of possible actions. I'd say this book is for medium/advanced players, there's nothing really aimed at beginners. So maybe get a beginners book as well. But if you're a beginner you should definitely get this as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowden on 16 Nov 2007
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I found this book very informative & helpful in all aspects. I had never played Omaha till I read this. Rolf teaches the elements you need to know & apply to be successful & he explains them very clearly. The parts I found most useful was the strategic tips, they gave me a style of play that would have took me a while to figure considering the variations & complexities. This book has (& still does) save me time & money....much to the annoyance of my opponents! If you want to play Omaha...get this book, well worth it in my opinion!
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By Callaghan on 14 Feb 2013
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Gave as a present and receiver extremely impresses. Said I could not have made a better choice.
Great reading - enjoyed
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Great book with some interesting ideas on Omaha Poker. A bit autobiographic in a good way, as it describes the evolution of Rolf's play of OMAHA and in teaches us of how we can think of the game, while we also evolve.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Talk About Interesting 3 April 2008
By George Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok folks, up front this is not a how to book. Actually there is very little information in this book about starting hands, semi bluffing ect. This book is more about Power Plays. It is about using betting to lure in the action, controlling the pot, and most of all: understanding a great players use of logic rather than pure aggression. Rolf goes through hand scenerios that he has been in, in specific types of games.

For Example: He tells of his time playing in a loose aggressive game in Vienna and how he was able to develop a systematic approach in beating this particular game. P.S. It is fascinating to read.

His style is very erradic but once you read a few of his "Tales from the Felt" (as I call it) you begin to comprehend why he plays these hands a certain way in one game and completely different in another type of game.

If you are an intermediate player I would still say you should read: Jeff Hwangs, Pot Limit Omaha book first and then read this one. Because the concepts in this book are advanced and you must have a clear understanding of the game to fully grasp the ideas and plays in this book. If you don't you will loose alot of money attempting these Power Plays.

On a Personal Note:

I play Omaha hi/lo Ring Games at my local casino and there are moments when I can understand these plays and incorporate them into my game and they have helped me get that extra value for my hand that I could not get before.

Hope this helps!

- George Johnson
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great book 9 May 2007
By Wolf Finkbeiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally a non-idiot book for pot limit 0maha. Rolf claims to "have held nothing back" in his book, and I believe him. Slotboom details his "small-stack" strategy which mathematically served him to become one of his games most frequent winners. He also details a large-stack strategy. His book is pretty comprehensive, he covers starting hands, but he goes into more detail--detailing on how he would play them on early and also on the button. This book also includes "classic" Slotboom articles. Slotboom's writing style is fun. He's a deep thinker but you'll also see him in a deep strategy section refer to an opponent as "tight-a**"!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource for poker players of all skill and experience levels 9 Dec 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Poker professional and "Card Player" magazine columnist Rolf Slotboom presents Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Win Big - Both Live and Online, a guide especially attuned to the complex elements of medium and high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha poker. Drawing directly on his experience matched against top players, Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha dispels common misconceptions (such as the idea that an open-ended straight draw on the flop is always a hand to be excited about), presents practice hands and hand match-ups and analysis to test one's poker deductive skills, offers strategies especially for players looking to earn money in online games, and much more. In addition to suggestions for optimum bet sizes, correct seating positions, blocker play, the bare ace bluff, and numerous other tips and tricks, Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha features an accompanying DVD with Rolf Slotboom, Ed Miller, and Byron Jacobs in person. An excellent resource for poker players of all skill and experience levels looking to hone their Pot-Limit Omaha skills.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Shortstacking Guide Book... 9 Dec 2010
By Professor S - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the definitive book on Omaha shortstacking. Shortstacking is a way of buying into a game for the absolute minimum amount of money and using small mathematical edges to make a profit. Short stackers like to buy into a game, increase their stack once and then quit.

This book is a useful tool even if you are only using it as a way of understanding / defending against short stackers.

For those of you who are looking for a low-risk way of playing / learning the game, the book is somewhat useful, though not great. It is more of a gimmick tool that is awesome to beat loose full-table games, but will not work in others (and the author is open about all of this).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
misleading title 3 Nov 2008
By FeFiFoFu - Published on Amazon.com
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The saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" definitely applies to this book. This is not a generic book that teaches you the "secrets of professional pot-limit omaha". For the fundamentals of playing Omaha you should read Hwang or Ciaffone instead.

This book is about a very specific strategy that the author uses. It should be titled "Secrets of a Professional's Quirky Strategy for Pot-Limit Omaha". It teaches a short-stacking strategy: wait for premium hands and go all-in. While it might be a successful strategy, it is not for the average poker book reader looking to learn the fundamentals of Omaha. Unfortunately the cover, back-cover and other descriptions of the book don't point this out. I'm not saying it's a bad book, but no-where does it describe who this book is useful for: experienced Omaha players who are looking to learn a few short-stacking tricks.

I agree with William J Nicholas's review... not for you and me...
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