Monday, March 27, 2006

Spek's "Must Have" Poker Book Reviews - Part 1

Doyle Brunson's Super System
This poker book was written in the mid 70’s by the all-time great, Doyle Brunson and company. The real gem of information is Brunson’s own chapter on no limit holdem. No limit is not a war of accuracy of percentages like limit holdem, it’s a game of great psychological warfare. Brunson’s system is very aggressive. I think very few people would feel comfortable playing so many suited connectors out of position in no limit games so they can stage an all-in bluff. You would need to be up against a very timid rock garden to play just as Brunson says. But it remains, undisputedly, the best guide to no limit cash games. Buy Doyle Brunson's Super System @ Amazon!

The Theory of Poker: David Sklansky
“Every time you play a hand differently than you would have played it if you could see al you opponents’ cards, they gain; every time you play a hand the same as you would have if you could see al their cards, they lose.” An excerpt from what Sklansky humbly termed the fundamental theorem of poker.
Statements like these will probably leave the average player, new to reading about his or her game, somewhat puzzled, but this is the main value of this book. It gives you a set of terms to describe conditions and action in a poker game, and then tries to make you about what you do and why. Sklansky says that this book does not try to answer, “What do you do in this particular situation,” but rather, “What do you consider in this particular situation before determining what to do.” Get Theory of Poker at

Caro’s Book of Poker Tells: By Mike Caro
This book really breaks down the art of poker (that is, the ability to read people) into simple categories of tells understandable and recognizable by anybody. Without knowledge of tells, you really only win the pots that your cards dictate. Yes, you can play better cards than you opponents and avoid trap hands, but with knowledge of tell, you can win two types of hands: The hands your cards dictate and the hands that you opponents cards don’t merit. It is Caro’s contention that all of us act at the poker table and in life similarly, it is instinctive and largely subconscious.
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