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2.0 out of 5 stars B-, 11 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: The Education of a Modern Poker Player (D&B Poker) (Paperback)
The online games are difficult today with no easy games left as there were a few years ago. The author of this book probably wisely realised there's probably more money for him in writing a (get rich quick) book than starting to learn the game from scratch these days. Other players earn more from coaching beginners and churning out training videos than trying to win at midstakes or move up to high-mid stakes because the games there are so tough now.

It's mostly a brief look at what's involved in learning to play today's games well, and it's not enough to significantly improve your game itself. The hand examples are well explained but without the background to how the experienced players come to their conclusions the reader can't bring the same detailed analysis of play to their own game.

The major problems with the book:
-There is no analysis of rake which is one of the most important factors in playing at any time (below high stakes). There are a few lines here and there about rake being brutal but no mathematical analysis of it which is disappointing.
-The software recommended in the 5-card draw section is already out of date and unusable (unless maybe you're an IT professional).
-The traffic at 5-card draw is now so low that it's possibly pointless trying to build a bankroll from it anyway.
-The experienced players show off their hand analysis abilities but there isn't useful detailed breakdown of theory which the book needs to really be useful.
-There's quite a lot of plagiarising of "Easy Game" in the first section which is extremely unprofessional from an academic.

Meh
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2014 11:31:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2014 11:34:19 GMT
To answer this reviewer's specific points:
-Rake is boring, and there's nothing you can do about it. Of course you need to beat the game for more bb/100 hands at the low and micro stakes than you do at the mid and high stakes, but I don't see how a mathematical analysis would enliven the book.
-If I can use Pokerhands to provide a HUD for 5CD, anybody can. I am an IT fish.
-The traffic at 5CD is nothing like that at NLHE, but you can still build a bankroll from it.
-There are two large sections on the theory of NLHE, so I find the reviewer's comment that there isn't any detailed theory rather baffling.
-I resent the implication that the book plagiarizes Easy Game, which is frankly libellous. We use the same terminology as Easy Game, but that's not plagiarism. It's like saying anybody that uses calculus is plagiarizing Newton.
-If I wanted to get rich quick, I wouldn't write a poker book, and I certainly wouldn't go through a mainstream publisher. Writing the book was a challenge, and we earn next to nothing from it. How many copies do you think poker books, even the good ones, sell?
-The book is explicitly NOT aimed at beginners.

Sorry to sound grumpy, but honestly, any review of a poker book that starts 'The online games are difficult today with no easy games left as there were a few years ago' is guaranteed to be nonsense. Of course, if you want to just open your pockets and wait for money to fall in, you'll need a time machine to take you back to 2004, but for anyone who's prepared to put some work into it, poker is still beatable.

John Billingham
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