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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic text, 11 Nov 2004
This review is from: Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker! (Paperback)
This is a heavyweight volume that delivers. Doyle's no-limit holdem section is pure gold in terms of strategy - albeit quirky and idiosyncratic in places (such as his legendary refusal to play A-Q).
Mike Caro's tables of statistics are excellent, although their presentation is less than wonderful by today's standards.
My one reservation about the book is that whilst Doyle describes his very aggressive playing style in great detail, the book makes it too easy to adopt the style without understanding it. The explanation is generally there (for example, why Q-Q can be a dangerous hand, or why it's hard to win big pots with A-A), but it's frequently buried in the folksy writing style (I get the feeling this book was probably transcribed from interviews).
The playing style requires you to be very aggressive and have the nerve to put all yout chips in the middle and the confidence to keep on doing it when you get beat. The potential problem for inexperienced players trying to follow Super System is working out whether their losses are down to bad luck or bad play.
This is a book you should read, re-read and keep reading - you'll be rewarded.
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