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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Conjelco (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886070156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886070158
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My book is a good introduction to Texas Hold'em poker.
First - I'm real tickled to see that amazon.com is carrying my book.

In case you're confused, this book is about a version of poker called "Texas Hold'em", which is the most popular version of the game as played in casinos and cardrooms west of the Mississippi (for some reason, the heathen on the east coast are not fully converted from 7-card stud).

I wrote this book after realizing that there was no good beginning text for people that were playing in wild, low-limit hold'em games mostly peopled by folks that just wanted to gamble.

I learned much of what I know from reading authors Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky, and then trying (unsuccessfully) to apply their tactics to lower limit games. After analyzing the differences, I wrote "Winning Low-Limit Hold'em" to bridge the gap.

I need also to acknowledge the support of the participants of the rec.gambling.poker newsgroup on Usenet, and encourage you to read it. It's one of the most information-filled flame-free fora on Usenet.

My email address is leej@sgi.com, and I try to answer any email that I receive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By merlinme VINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2003
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Classics like 'Super System' and 'The Theory of Poker' definitely have their place, but this book was superb in telling me what I wanted to know: as a serious but 'casual' player of holdem, where was I going wrong, and why was I only breaking even, despite generally playing the big hands well. He explains it incredibly clearly and precisely, as well. In one paragraph, he pinned down something which had been bothering me (and in retrospect, costing me a lot of money): even with a pretty large pot, it is not worth calling a bet on the flop with second or third pair, unless you have an overcard or flush/ straight draw. Although you have five cards out of 47 to improve (call it 9-1 odds) with one card, even if you do improve, there is a serious danger that you don't have the best hand, and it is simply not worth playing. Similarly, he drives home another point which had been bugging me: I've definitely been semi-bluffing too much. Doyle Brunson might semi-bluff with an inside straight, but he's a world champion, playing against high level players who often fold. You have to dramatically reduce the level of bluffing against low level players, when there are three or four left in the pot and at least one of them will call. (Doyle himself makes this point in 'Super System'.) Conversely, you may be suspicious that someone else is bluffing, but it doesn't have to be _you_ who calls them every time; 'implicit collusion' between the other players will stop bluffers running away with the game, and you'll get the chance to raise their bluffs in time, when you have the cards to do so.
All in all, Lee Jones' book has crystallised things that I had begun to suspect from playing low level games, but hadn't fully thought through yet.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 2005
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I really like this book, and recommend it to all of my friends who are looking to improve their game. Some criticize Jones' advice as lacking in aggression, but it's critical to consider that it's far more important for novice to intermediate players to master a more passive style before trying to increase their aggression. In other words, I think that a poorly-played aggressive game is FAR riskier than a poorly-played passive game; MUCH bigger potential downside if you don't know what you're doing. My friends watch a lot of TV poker and use their "gut instinct" to arbitrarily bluff at pots, without any clue as to what they're actually doing or why - they just figure it's "time for a bluff". I think 98% of players would benefit from reverting to a more passive style before learning how to INTELLIGENTLY incorporate aggression into their game. Winning Low Limit Hold'Em is written in a very easy-to-understand style and will help immeasurably in building your understanding of the game.
I play mostly online these days, and run into these kids every day who take themselves for high-rollers - take my word for it that learning the fundamentals from an established writer like Jones will go a LONG way toward crushing these novices - Jones knows his stuff cold: he's actually now the poker room manager for PokerStars, one of the bigger online sites; if you do decide to take the online plunge (and I think you should), search around for a sign-up promotional code; they'll get you bonus money when you open an account. I agree with another post here that that pokercroaker.com typically keeps their codes fairly up to date.
In summary, every single one of my friends who has approached me about wanting to improve their game, I've given my well-worn copy of Jones' book - in my humble opinion, it's where nearly everyone should start, then perhaps move on to something written by Sklansky or Ciaffone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aj Sutton on 23 May 2003
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This book begins by suggesting the starting hands that can be played depending on your position and how they should be played.
These suggestions appear to be reasonably tight compared to suggestions in other books, although this is what you would expect from a book about low-limit play
The best part about this book is its approach to play after flop. There are seperate sections on whether you have top pair, two pair etc. and how to play drawing hands. This advice seems very sound and its presentation makes it easily learnable, although once again the advice is specific to low-limit play.
I have used the advice given in this book in low limit games and have had quite a bit of success with it which is an additional reason to recommend it. But its major plus really is the concise presentation of ideas, something that is often sadly lacking in books within this field.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By VicHoon on 10 Jan 2005
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Even though this is aimed at real-time i.e. not internet, low-limit hold 'em players, I have found this book invaluable for online games. This is no magic bullet, however. Simply reading it from cover to cover won't get you far. You have to memorise, and re-read whole sections to benefit.
I considered that I was doing pretty well online, generally breaking even most games and sometimes coming out on top. After applying the systems recommended by Lee, my winnings have increased exponentially.
Lee says very little about internet play, claiming that he has not enough data to offer any decent opinions, but here are my two main observations about playing Lee's way online: games are very fast, making it hard to calculate both hand odds and pot odds. If you've paid attention to the book, however, you will be able to make a relatively accurate estimate of the odds without the necessary calculations; secondly, online you can play at several tables at once (Paradise Poker lets you play three simultaneously). If you apply Lee's logic to these games, you can watch your winnings grow quickly. I have gained the confidence, thanks to this book, to progress from the cheaper to the higher-value games.
This book makes you work hard, but it is worth it.
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