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Out of Date and Over-rated,
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This review is from: Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker! (Paperback)
This is quite a large book and it covers several different variations of poker - Draw Poker, 7-Card Stud, Lowball, High-Low Split and Texas Hold'em. Consequently only about 20% of the book relates to the most popular variation - No Limit Texas Hold'em. That's the only bit I was interested in and the only part I read; my comments therefore concentrate only that section, which is written by Doyle Brunson himself (the other parts are written by 'guest' authors who may be better). This is quite an old book written before Hold'em became popular. It is written in a sort of sloppy rambling style which incorporates a lot of poker slang; this sometimes creates ambiguity. The word TURN often refers to the FLOP and not what we nowdays call the Turn card. One of the claims for this book is that it is "written by Players not Writers". That may be the problem. Doyle Brunson is very good at poker but he cannot teach. Instead seems to use the book to show clever he is at poker, which undoubtedly he is. His belief in Extra-Sensory Perception and faith in 'luck coming in rushes' is really no help to someone trying to learn some sound principals. The relevance of his miraculous cure from cancer and his belief in Faith Healers' is also questionable. Although the book is called Super System it is not very systematic, more of a haphazard ramble. The section on Texas Hold'em is not very well structured and if there is some good advice hidden in there it is not easy to find. If you are looking for a book to help you improve your poker then this book is NOT for you.Try something else.