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Phil Gordon's Little Gold Book: Advanced Lessons for Mastering Poker 2.0 Kindle Edition

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Length: 402 pages

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About the Author

Phil Gordon is a world-class poker player and teacher with two World Poker Tour championships and seven final table appearances at the World Series of Poker.  Since 2001 he has earned more than $3 million in tournament prize money.  His bestselling previous works, Poker: The Real Deal, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, and Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book, alongside his teaching and commentary on forty-two episodes of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, make Phil the preeminent poker teacher and writer in the world. Phil currently resides in Newport, Washington with his wife and two young sons.

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  • File Size: 9100 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007PM01G4
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4KL2U
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Phil Gordon is a world-class poker player and teacher with two World Poker Tour championships and five final table appearances at the World Series of Poker, and since 2001 he has earned more than $1.7 million in tournament prize money. His bestselling previous works, Poker: The Real Deal and Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, alongside his teaching and commentary on forty-two episodes of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, make Phil the preeminent poker teacher and writer in the world. Phil currently resides in Las Vegas but spends much time in San Francisco and in third-world travels.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Torres on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In my opinion, Phil Gordon is the best poker writer out there. He writes in a straightforward, clear language, which is really easy to follow. I've read all his previous three books and also his DVD, and I was really afraid that he had given up writing, since his previous book was released five years ago. I am glad to say that Phil Gordon is back, and in better shape than ever.

In his private life, Gordon had gone through a quest of improving his own game, since poker players have evolved quite drastically in the past few years. And it is rare to see a poker expert publicly admitting that he had to step back and re-study the game. The Gold Book is the result of this quest.

The book starts with lots of math that will make the head of most readers to spin. But don't give up. Soon enough things will get clear as the author shows tools and techniques that will for sure improve your game. While some of them were already featured in the author's previous books (such as the "squeeze" play, a.k.a. "fish'n'chips"), this time he explains more in depth the math behind them.

This is a book that you will have to re-read several times to be able to get everything it has to offer, especially as your game improves. In the end, it will make you to completely re-think your game. And that is why this book is so good.

The only "negatives" I can see with this book is that this time the author didn't put a lot of jokes in the text. You see, the typical Gordon jokes inserted inside the book (e.g. "feeling like the time I had bad shellfish in an all-you-can-eat buffet in Kansas City") help me to memorize the concept he is explaining. Also, even though there is a chapter with some hand examples, I'd prefer to have some real examples after each concept is explained.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Hayek on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My poker shelf has around 100 books on it,
but this one will be among the 3 or 4 that
get re-read, underlined, highlighted and
referred to over and over.

I think it's the best book Phil's written, and
I've considered all the "Little" books good.
Within the poker writing universe, Little Gold
Book goes into more depth than just about any other,
and likewise has a lot of breadth for one book.
And while I consider most poker books to be
targeted at the beginner turning intermediate
(including Phil's previous writing), this book
does a great job of covering the ground from
intermediate well into advanced.

As usual in Phil's writing, he speaks conversationally
and is easily understood, even when digging into
somewhat involved mathematics and advanced concepts.
Another aspect of his writing that I really appreciate
is his ability to look at a topic from several angles,
rather than covering the obvious points and moving on.
In Gold Book for example, he'll often make the
mathematical case for a given play, work out the logic
in great detail to prove his point, but then take it a
step further by reminding you of "meta considerations"
and opponent psychological factors that you can't overlook.
For me, I find this helps keep me out of the mode of
just "playing the numbers" and lets me visualize the other
factors while reading and while playing.

Perhaps Phil's strongest skill as a writer, and
one that Gold Book shows off more than any of
his prior books, is his ability to group and classify
information into easily remembered collections.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sanchez on May 2, 2012
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From what I've read so far in the Gold Book, it seems like it was geared towards internet players, or those getting started playing on the internet (before online poker was shut down) but the information is still valuable and impressive. I've read both the Green and Blue books which were much easier to understand (it should be said that I am not finished with the Gold), but I am also not a math whiz. The math is not necessarily difficult to pick up after a few read overs, but I just can't see myself being able to apply this at a live poker table in Vegas, or live poker table anywhere with 100% accuracy. In his other books, Phil gets into how to put your opponents on a hand based on what you know about their style, betting patterns, pre and post flop, etc. With this book, it seems like you will have to almost memorize what hands your opponents are playing from different positions, and factor that not only into what hand they might be holding, but also the pot odds and implied odds as compared to whatever hand you have, how many outs you have, whether you want to differentiate your playing style in order to change gears, etc. Its just a lot, and I don't think its for beginner to intermediate players at all. Start with the Green Book or maybe the Black Book which seems very simple. Work your way up. There is a reason the subtitle is "ADVANCED lessons for mastering Poker 2.0". That being said, if you can process it and have a very quick math brain, as well as a great memory, and lots of experience, definitely get the book as Phil is a fun read and you will likely learn a lot. But on a side note, I'm glad the internet poker sites have been shut down, who knows how safe their servers were anyway, and now these math whizzes can't just rely on their geek status to win hands.Read more ›
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