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'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

Annie Duke earned a double major in English and psychology at Columbia University and an MA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1988 to 1991.

Since 1994, she has dominated poker, quickly establishing herself as one of the world’s best players. In her very first tournament at the World Series of Poker, she placed 13th.

In 2004, she won her first WSOP bracelet (in the $2,000-buy-in Omaha Hi/Lo Split). That same year, she knocked out nine poker legends to win the no-limit Texas hold ’em invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions.

In 2010, Annie won the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, beating 64 of the world’s top players on her way to a $500,000 first prize.

Annie parlayed her skills into an industry-leading career that encompasses tournament play, advising gaming companies, authoring instructional books and videos, and as a proponent of players’ rights. A longtime industry advocate, Annie has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee on online poker legislation and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee; she continues to be a leading voice for online gaming.

Annie has also become a prominent television personality, and is recognized worldwide for her runner-up finish on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Today, she is League Commissioner of Federated Sports + Gaming. She’s also an instructor at the World Series of Poker Academy.

John Vorhaus has written more than two million words on poker, including the Killer Poker book series and the poker novel Under the Gun. He has also penned the “sunshine noir” mystery novels The California Roll and The Albuquerque Turkey, as well as dozens of television and film scripts. He travels the world teaching and training writers—26 countries on four continents at last count.

“As a poker player,” says John, “I’m a pretty good writer.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935396323
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054DQNGI
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By frank w. bennett on December 20, 2012
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sisyphus on 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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