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Not up to scratch
on 13 August 2012
Unfortunately this book is :
a) Severely out of date, basically from 2000.
b) Not a lot of use to most people nowadays, even a total beginner.
c) Is completely useless for most current beginners, only interested
in no limit holdem and sit and go NLHE, nearly all advice regarding
HE is related to limit HE (useless for NL) and is simply fairly obvious.
d) Really doesn't explain much rationally.
e) Completely overeggs how much it will teach you, the answer
is not much, and you will be nowhere near grasping the subject.
f) No way using this book will you learn to understand poker.
It does contain stuff that is true, but doesn't explain it at all.
g) Its simply not worth buying unless you want to read about poker
legends and the "stars" of 1990's decade, the latter is very dull.
h) Has a chapter on bluffing that bears no relation to most
of the poker games it explains, you need to know a lot more
about poker than explained to understand this chapter.
i) Cheap update exploiting "Chris Moneymakers" 2003 WSOP win.
Basically avoid this book if you want anything other than light
(historical) entertainment. Most of it is pretty useless, unless
you know absolutely nothing about poker, but if you do it won't
really teach you that much, you'll have to go elsewhere to make
any sense of some of the advice, and understand its context.
Even very cheap, which is is now I can't reccommend it much.