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Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold Em [Kindle Edition]

John Vorhaus , Annie Duke
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Book Description

Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always, 'it depends.' That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing exactly what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer.
Poker is a game of so many variables: table position, flop texture, the number of players in a hand, the personalities of your opponents, and so much more. Decide to Play Great Poker teaches you how to identify and analyze those variables, interchange them within basic game-situation templates, and become knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident in any poker situation. Instead of just dictating a bunch of rules that work only some of the time, this book teaches you to become a great poker thinker and strategist so that you can expertly navigate any poker challenge you encounter.
Most players think the goal of poker is to make money. They're wrong! The goal of poker is to make good decisions. Money is simply the way you measure how well you're meeting that objective. So if you're ready to start making world-class decisions at the poker table -- and to reap the substantial rewards those decisions will yield -- all you have to do is decide: Decide to Play Great Poker now. You'll never be vexed by 'it depends' again.

Editorial Reviews


'Annie is the rare player who not only plays well but is also an amazing teacher. She and John Vorhaus have closed an important gap in poker lit by writing about the art of poker, not the mechanics. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to take their game to its peak.' --Erik Seidel. All-time tournament-poker money leader 'Trust me, this book will open your eyes again and again. It's packed with so many good tactics that you'll read it more than once!' --Phil Hellmuth, Jr. 12-time World Champion of Poker 'A revolutionary approach to playing no-limit Texas hold em. If this book doesn't improve your game, you aren't paying attention.' --Doyle Brunson, 10-time World Champion of Poker

'Trust me, this book will open your eyes again and again. It's packed with so many good tactics that you'll read it more than once!' --Phil Hellmuth, Jr. 12-time World Champion of Poker

'A revolutionary approach to playing no-limit Texas hold em. If this book doesn't improve your game, you aren't paying attention.' --Doyle Brunson, 10-time World Champion of Poker

About the Author

Born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire, Annie Duke grew up in a family that had cards and competition in the blood. In 1994, at the suggestion of her brother, famed poker player Howard Lederer, Duke tried her hand at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. She ended up placing 13th in her first tournament, knocking her brother out of play. After winning 70K in her first month of competition, Duke and her husband made the move to Las Vegas so she could pursue poker professionally. Over the course of the next decade, Duke established herself as one of the best poker players in the world. In 2004, Duke beat out an assembly of 234 players in the WSOP $2000 buy-in Omaha Hi/Lo Split and won her first WSOP bracelet. In August of the same year, Duke knocked out 8 of the worlds greatest poker legends and won $2 million in the No-Limit Texas Hold em winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions, established by ESPN and Harrah s Entertainment. Duke now serves as a consultant for the online poker site to ensure that their rules of poker and tournament structure match those you would find in the famous poker rooms of the Las Vegas strip. Duke currently resides in Los Angeles with her four children, Maud, Leo, Lucy and Nelly.
John Vorhaus is best known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You re Not. This seminal book on writing comedy for television and film is now available in four languages, and continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia. An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, and production companies in 30 countries on four continents, including half-year stints in Romania and, God help him, Russia in winter. He has traveled regularly to Nicaragua, where he helped build a social-action drama designed to teach the young people of Nicaragua to think for themselves and practice safe sex. Vorhaus own screenwriting credits include Married... with Children, Head of the Class, The Sentinel, The Flash and many overseas television shows and films, including the sitcoms House Arrest and Pretty, Sick and Twisted, and the movie Save Angel Hope. In another corner of his ADD multiverse, he is the author of the six-volume Killer Poker series, plus miscellaneous other books on the subject.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935396323
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054DQNGI
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Poker Book December 20, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very solid and sound book. I have read well over 30 poker books and I like the way she thinks through hands. Not only did I read it once, I referred back to it a few times over the last year. I'm really writing this review because most of the 1 star reviews are irresponsible and I wanted to reply. If you read the 1 star reviews you will notice a few things. First, most of them did not read the book. Second, most of them are angry at her brother and simply wrote an angry comment. Also, most of the comments are completely meritless. Several reviews said that she is not qualified to write a poker book because she does not win. This is incorrect. Annie Duke has won over $4,000,000 in poker tournaments and cashed over 40 times. If this is not winning, I want this level of failure. One of the 1 star reviews is clearly just a promotion for 2 plus 2 books. He not only complained about this book, he managed to complain about all of the Gordon books as well. One of the reviewers actually tried to claim that all 75 five-star reviews must be fake. So this one mean that got 75 people that live in different places to write long and detailed reviews (some over 300 words) that are all fake. What seems more realistic, that 75 people are lying or that 12 people that gave the book a bad review have their own agenda's. I don't know Annie, but I would really hate if my work was insulted because of something my brother was involved with. If you are a low to mid level player you will get some good ideas from this book. Its worth the price. It's not perfect, but I have gotten a lot out of it and I have definitely applied things I learned in this book to my game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly Very Good September 24, 2012
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I was very impressed with Annie Duke's "Decide to play great poker."

I have read upward of 20+ books on poker, nmostly before the online teaching sites came out. For my money the bext book I ever read on Poker was, and still is, Sklanski's "The theory of Poker." Mostly, because Sklanki is not trying to tell you how to play each hand, but rather how to think your way through a hand. Annie is very similar in her approach, and thus I would rank it right up their with "Theory." This is a very accesable book those with a poker background, and Annie writes well in a very conversational tone.

I would liken Annie's book to a decision model that I used to put put together to organize masses of information in law school to prepare for a test, or a logic flow chart a programmer may put together to understand a program she is working on. Annie tries to analyze many situations you may encounter such as Top pair in position with the lead, vs. one oppenent. She discusses what you do, and more importantly WHY? The answer to the why question is so important, because this allows you to adjust her advice to the way your particular oppent(s) is playing under the situation she has analyzed in the book.

For example, if she gives you some advice to raise with top pair on a bord of A77, because someone who has three of a kind is not likely to bet out in fear of losing a customer, if you know your opponent is caplable of betting out with the set you may decide to pay differently. Just an example of the cocept, not of her particluar advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book is a good decision November 4, 2011
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The joke has been made in other reviews...don't buy this book! It'll make you to good to play against! All joking aside, I don't want to do anything to help my opponents, but that's exactly what I'm doing now by giving Decide five stars. I am serious about poker, and out of respect for the game, I have to give credit and thanks to Annie. This book was exactly what I needed at my stage of development as a player. Some reviewers have mentioned the current debacle in online poker -- I can't speak to that, and frankly, don't much care about it. I play live. Whatever else may be going on, this book is genuine.

That being said, this book is not for everyone. It's not for beginners. You need to come to this book with some basic understanding of the game and some experience. I mentioned I play live -- process that any way you like. A lot of comments get made that live games are full of fish. Players who talk that way make me wonder because one thing I know for sure is if you approach the game with a cocky attitude, you will be humbled. Guaranteed. Annie does occasionally advise the reader to take a read of their opponent, which would lend itself to a live game, but it seems there's little in this book that wouldn't apply online. Also, poker theory is tough. If you're not willing to reread, you won't get it.

The chapter on management has been particularly helpful to me. I've read more than once in other poker books that if the game is good, you should stay in it as long a possible whether you're up or running bad. Annie contradicts that advice, and following her guidelines has started to both save me some pain when things are going wrong, and keep me from blowing back wins when things are going well. If you're an otherwise breakeven player, the management chapter alone could make you a winner over time.

Now that I've said what I think is fair, I really do hope you talk yourself out of buying this book.
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