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Beyond Traps Paperback – June 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818407107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818407109
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,280,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ruckus on October 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
The description suggest that this is a book about setting and avoiding traps and about profiling players but that it not at all the essence of this book. The book really talks about poker at a higher level and is a deep discussion about the nuances of the game. If you are looking for an instruction manual this is not the book for you. If you truly understand the game and are looking to expand your mind then you have come to the right place. If you take the words at face value you can see numerous contradictions and bad advice but if you really think about what the author is trying to communicate you can see where he is coming from. I gave the book 4 stars because there really is a lot to be learned from this book but it is not communicated clearly and the title and description is misleading. I wouldn't say this book is a must have, but when you are ready for it, it is a good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle E. Kneisl on September 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I keep doing this...buying poker and casino books from "remainder" dealers. And it's stupid; 9 times out of 10 the book is on remainder for the very logical reason that it is a turd in the shape of a book. And so I bought this book like an idiot.

On the very first page of chapter one in the very first paragraph, "Los Angeles" is spelled "Las Angeles". I mean really?? The author missed this in manuscript, the publisher missed it in editing, *AND* the author missed it AGAIN in galleys? Come on. How can anyone take such a book seriously?

But I tried to let that slide and keep an open mind. To no avail. I quit on page 11 and threw this craptastic non-book in the garbage. There is no poker in here. It's just a bunch of ridiculous and nauseating management platitudes like some bonehead middle manager would enjoy. On top of it all, literally every fourth or fifth sentence has enough of a grammar meltdown that even I, with a Ph.D. in mathematics, cannot parse the sentence.

Save your money and save a tree. This material is junk, the publisher did not do his job, and this is not really about poker in any meaningful way...you could replace every instance of the word "poker" with, say, "contract bridge" or "perl programming" and it would not seem out of place.

Among a canon of books which are mostly bad (I.e., poker books), this book really grabs the brass ring for feces. It is, in my 40 years of life, the first book I have actually thrown in the garbage.
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