The Poker Player's Bible: Raise Your Game from Beginner to Winner Spiral-bound – 15 Nov 2004
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About the Author
Lou Krieger learned poker at the age of seven, at his father's side during the weekly game held around the kitchen table in the Brooklyn neighbourhood where they lived. He has published several acclaimed poker books, including Hold'em Excellence, More Hold'em Excellence, Poker for Dummies and Gambling for Dummies. Lou was recently named one of the most influential gaming writers of the past 100 years by Casino Journal Magazine. Having written more than 250 columns about poker strategy, he is now a contributing editor to Card Player Magazine, Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Western Player and Midwest Gaming and Travel. When not writing about poker, he can be found playing it in the card rooms of southern California.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has plenty of positive EV, it doesn't look like much but it is all you need to take you from absolute novice to comfortably playing in Medium sized games in the casino or the net.
It covers maths, starting hands, bluffing and best of all it does not limit its self to one form of poker (i.e. Holdem) it covers the main games much in the way that "Supersystem" does, i.e Holdem, omaha, stud with the Hi Lo variations, what seperates this book from the rest is price and clarity.
It is much cheaper than most poker books, it offers more to the reader, who can use the book to develop their own style of how to play without being force fed other poker players styles, bad habbits and life stories.
On the whole a very very good book to start you out in the poker world
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Although it's title is a bit much, Krieger's book provides the basics you need to know about the major variations of casino poker (holdem, 7 card stud, and Omaha). It provides good basic guidance regarding starting hands and the play throughout the game. The book doesn't exhaust the reader with overly complex "analysis" of variations of types of players and situations. While the better known books (Brunson, Sklansky et al) dive deeper into these areas, most people just need the fundementals that are in this book.
The book doesn't go into the issues tournament play; rather it focuses on the play of individual hands. There are plenty of good books (Cloutier) about tourney play that anyone who's seriously thinking about them should read.
A few minor issues. The book is organized a bit awkwardly. It discusses starting hand play for all types of poker, then middle play for all types etc. It would be much easier to read if Krieger had grouped all the discussion of Holdem in one section and done the same for Stud and Omaha. Some of the tables are a bit confusing. The table showing probabilites of making your hand on the turn or river in the holdem section is rather confusing. Last, there are several annoying typos in the book which are easy enough to deal with, but shouldn't be there. For example, in the listing playable suited connectors, it doesn't mention suited T-9 and the table showing the playable starting hands has a couple of typos as well.
Overall, a good intro to casino poker for beginners and home players.