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Excellent, Well-Written, Snappy & Useful Poker Paperback
on 11 September 2007
I've enjoyed Lou's articles in many magazines, so decided to give this book a try, even though I wondered if it would add anything to my library of more advanced poker books. I'm pleased to say that it did - not necessarily just because of the content, but in the way he simply, but effectively, gets a lot of fundamental points across, so you remember them. The 52 tip format (one a week) is obviously perfect for future syndication purposes, but it also has the benefit of allowing you to dip into a particular tip from time to time when a reminder is needed.
The book is pitched at the intermediate player. Although it initially tries to get the beginner on-board in the first few pages, I think the strength is for those 'reasonable' players who want to improve their game another notch or two. At no stage will you necessarily find the depth of strategic analysis that some books have - but it's not meant to be comprehensive in that way. The tips are snappy and stay in the mind, and the common sense in Lou's approach to poker and his easy writing style makes you feel you've got him as a personal tutor for a few minutes looking over your shoulder.
He covers everything from betting, raising, pre-flop starting requirements, pot odds, drawing, tells etc. and I particularly liked it when he is realistic about when you stay in a hand. All too often the new breed of aggressive-style writers stress that you keep the continuation bets and re-raises going even if you only just catch part of the flop. When he states the importance of the 'fit or fold' approach to most flops, and makes it clear there is no shame in letting go of AK or a premium pair when the board and the betting implies you're behind and won't get the correct odds to draw to them, it's a really refreshing change and great advice too. I like the short section of 'betting patterns' as well - none of it new, but explained so concisely and effectively.
Well done Lou - I think you've brought together a series of short articles that will stabilise and improve any intermediate player's play and help them avoid trying to emulate the all-ins and off-suit 'Gus Hansen'/'Phil Ivey' gambles seen on the TV or at the micro-stake games on-line.