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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1489505954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489505958
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Clercx on 10 Jan. 2014
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I've read a whole bunch of poker books and gathered a small library by now. Problem is many authors promote a certain style of playing (tight aggressive for beginners being the most popular) but often without referring to exact results of whatever style they advocate. This book is in a totally different realm. First one needs to ask the question: what is a winning player over the long term, what are the main characteristics in their playing style, why are they so successful at what they do in the long run and back this up with results and decent statistics. Not only from one player (which would be one author) but from a huge field of players. The author just did that, firmly based with stats and decent interpretation of the stats. It's certainly NOT a beginners book because it does not work with hand examples, pre flop hand advice, or advice like do this in that kind of situation... NO it goes beyond that. The book starts with the most important question: what characteristics do winning players share in their play style. This is a book that stands on it's very own because it may very well be the first serious scientific attempt to explain what optimal strategy is in poker. Obviously poker is such a complex game with so many variables and dynamics one strategy will not adopt well for all situations so one needs to generalize advice and the author did that. Not the most 'exciting' book to read, not a book you want to read when you're not fully awake, but for all readers who want firmly backed up and general advice on how to play and WHY: this is your book. Recommended for intermediate and expert player alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edik on 29 Dec. 2013
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Combined with some useful math books this is a very useful addition in assisting the advanced player with "ready built" strategic intuition to NLHE via a wealth of statistical analysis.

Certainly not a difficult book to understand (compared to Chen's MoP for example) but does require a decent amount of work to be useful.

If you are willing to invest the time then a very useful addition to the theoreticians library, as well as perhaps even to the interested casual player.

I'm not sure of the rigorousness of the stats validation though, however this is a minor foible.

The Profit vs VPIP curve is fascinating by itself.. and I haven't yet looked at all of the stats, but looks excellent material.
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Excellent book 16 Jan. 2014
By Christopher S. Froba - Published on Amazon.com
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The author is a genius. He is an "egghead" who knows how to make statistics understandable to non-mathematicians.

Basically, he bought millions of hand histories from online poker specfically the smaller no-limit games and then "mined" the data with a computer to find out if there were any trends.

He found several trends and/or tendencies exhibited by winning and losing players and with the return of legal online poker to certain parts of the United States this book is very useful and I have already implemented some of the author's findings into my online game as I slowly grind my bankroll online in New Jersey.

Simply stated, this is a great book for a small stakes NL online player.
Unique, but somewhat Lacking 14 Jan. 2015
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To be fair, the book is unique, and does bring some insights about things many never thought about.

But, the author focused on low stakes full ring data mining despite he clearly realizes that serious players are more focused 6-max cash. That alone makes a lot of benchmarks not useful at all. Secondly, the inherent flaw of looking at long-run stats is the vast simplification of homogeneous sessions - a good player would play loosely and tightly at times to exploit others, but then the stats tell you an averaging stat at which level she actually never plays. I'd say a Bayesian approach is a better approach, but still stats can only be a guideline, and not causal or even a requirement for profitability.
Answers real questions 7 Aug. 2014
By Lawrence A. Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Real good book and practical advise
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