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Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts by [Feeney, John, Sklansky, David]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1880685264
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing; 1 edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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I need to make this clear from the outset - this is not a beginner's book. It assumes you know the rules of hold 'em and that you have a reasonable grasp of basic strategy.

John Feeney's game of choice is limit hold 'em, and as such most of the work in this book is focuses on limit thinking. However, there are more than enough essays in this book to warrant a non-limit or non-hold 'em player buying it.

Feeney, as the title suggests, focuses mainly on psychological aspects of the game, but he also throws in some interesting strategic advice which a learning player can definately benefit from.

In conclusion: A great little book that wil most probably pay for itself over your poker career.
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HASH(0x9877f780) out of 5 stars Inside "Inside the Poker Mind," pros and cons 31 Mar. 2004
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is more of a "Best Practices" poker book in many ways.
Here's the real skinny on the book and the reviews as I see it.
1. This book should not be the first poker book you read. But reviewers neglected to mention that the author himself states this in "General Poker Concepts" and suggests many starter texts.
2. This book does spend significant time on topics other than what's going on inside a poker player's mind. The author might do too much of that, but it's clear that he does so to provide supporting info. The sections contrasting the thoughts of average vs advanced players do treat the subject and perhaps they deserved more emphasis.
3. Yes, the author does criticize non-limit and tournament play. Playing in casino situations is very differnent from tournaments where the chips don't represent real money dollar for dollar. Nobody said it doesn't take skill to win. It's just a different skill set. Truth be told, there are plenty of great tournament books if that's what you are into.
1. No, it is not fair to say this book is unoriginal. Nor is it accurate that Sklansky's and Malmuth's books cover everything in this book. This book has some really great real world examples of poker logic spelled out much more clearly than in other books. It doesn't have to be the definitive poker book to be a valuable read.
2. While the book does start out a little slow, I found the stories very funny. For those who play in casino or card-room games, you will find humor in reading Feeney's examples of mistakes that you have seen yourself and others make. I did.
3. One point needs clarification before some unsuspecting person goes and drops $2K in Vegas after reading this book. Reading this book will NOT save you thousands of dollars. No book will save you $. Only UNDERSTANDING the concepts the book trys to bring across will actually make you or save you money.
On pg 62, he writes, "Education in poker theory reduces one's susceptibility to illusions which can interfere with good play." Man I wish I could believe this. I think his advice to seek psycotherapy might do more to that end.
So many people read a few books and lose their shirts because of false confidence. While I totally understand the value of the material, value cannot be derived by reading it. It must be digested, pondered, and mastered to be valuable.
The coolest thing about this book is the relevance of the examples. Every topic, from reraising the weak to calling on the end, was treated in a real world way that I have observed in casino play. A great example is "Maximizing the Set" on pgs 127-128. So many books treat these concepts abstractly. I must say that I did not fully understand much of this till I read this book.
Again, the outline of the way bad players think was the hallmark. It talks about things that not only stop you from making mistakes but help you identify the saps in a real game. Perhaps the treatment of tilt could have been more explicit. But his unique viewpoint provokes thought, even though it comes along with resistance.
There's a common quote that goes, "If you look around the poker table and don't see any suckers, you're it!" I would strongly advise anybody reading the sections on advanced vs. weak player thoughts to read the hands and honestly evaluate what they would be thinking if they drew that hand before reading the author's explaination. This is a serious wake-up call to those who are unknowing maniacs or overconfident goats.
Overall this is a very practical read that deserves the attention of anybody looking to increase their hourly rate in actual casino and card-room play.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98689144) out of 5 stars Worthwhile, but not for the beginner 9 Mar. 2003
By luadhas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall Inside the Poker Mind should be part of any serious poker player's library. However, it shouldn't be one of the first books read about poker. Quite frankly, beginning players won't get much out of it, and most who have (that I know of) are dissappointed.

For the intermediate to advanced player, the subjects addressed should be extremely useful. For the most part, the book focuses, as the title implies, on different ways of thinking rather than strict tactical plays. Example: in the "strategic moment" section, the author contrasts what the average player thinks as opposed to what the advanced player considers. In this way the author illustrates the depths of poker.

Overall very worthwhile if you're ready for it.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b78150) out of 5 stars This Is the Book for Any Player Looking for Something Deeper 20 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Feeney has produced an extraordinarily deep work. The sections discussing the thought processes of an expert poker player are truly eye opening, and offer an insight into the complexities of the game that most books fail to capture. The book is exceptionally well-written -- exceptional in the sense that most great poker players are not great writers and most great poker books are, well, written by great poker players. (Slansky & Malmuth essentially open their "Texas Hold Em for Advanced Players" with an apology for their poor writing). This is not a book for beginning poker players, but I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone who has become familiar with basic poker theory. I had read about a dozen books on poker and hold 'em before I came to this one. No book before or since has made me feel so excited about the game.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c49a3c0) out of 5 stars A Must Read For Serious Players 21 July 2000
By Rick Nebiolo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read every top poker book ever published and have been a successful middle limit player for fifteen years. John Feeney's first poker book is a terrific collection of poker essays geared toward the mid to upper limit holdem player. However, anyone who plays poker seriously should find this book to be a tremendous value. He "pushes the envelope" of advanced thinking on familiar poker topics and brings a fresh and accurate perspective to every chapter. His essays concerning "Playing Against A Maniac" cover ideas I have never before seen in print and soon hope to employ at the tables. But my favorite chapter is "The Strategic Moment in Holdem", which literally puts you "Inside the Mind" of a top-level professional player as he thinks at the table.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987bed74) out of 5 stars Great Essays For Advanced Players! 26 July 2000
By Jan L. MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am one of a growing number of serious card club poker players who learned to play poker competitively and for profit by reading books in addition to time spent at the tables. Seldom does a new book provide the unique perspective on this wonderful and complex game as this great book of essays by Dr. Feeney.
This book is not for beginners. Dr. Feeney assumes that the reader understands the advanced works of other great poker writers such as David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth, Bob Ciaffone, and Mike Caro. It also concentrates on Texas Holdem rather than other popular games such as seven card stud. But its advanced analysis of the psychology of poker will help all players who want to beat the biggest and toughest games.
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