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Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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-- Howard Lederer and Annie Duke
"Phil Gordon is one of poker's premier players and has few peers as a teacher of No Limit Hold'em. I would hate to have to compete with anyone who accesses the information in these pages."
-- Erik Seidel
"Poker: The Real Deal was the best introductory book ever, and this is the perfect 'graduation' book. It provides the key to leaving solid amateur play behind and embracing the first inklings of playing like a true pro. I now feel endowed with that intangible element of strength known as unbridled confidence."
-- James Woods
"Phil Gordon and his Little Green Book made the difference between me losing money and winning money. It made me a winning player."
-- Hank Azaria
"If I cared about poker at all, this would be the book I'd buy."
-- David Foley
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I decided to get the audio version because I drive between 500 and 600 miles per week. Absolutely excellent.
Of particular interest and value to me is his analysis of playing AJ for all your chips against the probable calling hands(AK,AQ,AA,KK,and QQ ) and playing 87 suited against those same hands. The AJ rates to win about 25% and the 87 suited about 32%. I have always hated AJ and now I have another reason. It is this kind of analysis that makes this book so interesting and thought provoking.
He covers so many ideas and aspects that this is a book to be read in small doses many times rather than all at once. No one could possibly remember all he has to say. His "Don't tap the aquarium" is a favorite because so many misguided players berate the bad players into leaving and missing out on relatively easy money because they suffer a drawout or two. His section on "Sick gamblers" helped me to see them in a different way; where I used to not play my best against them, I feel better now in playing them as tough as anyone who is taking a shot at my money. Overall a very good book filled and overflowing with many nuggets of great poker wisdom.
Gordon is a likable and effective teacher but also admits he is not the best in the world. He is a winning player who developed over time and shares much of the information which has helped him to elevate his game.
With the advent of online gaming and televised Texas Hold'em tournaments, poker has seen an explosion in popularity in the last three years. To meet the demand for poker information, many pro players have written how-to books. Some are too basic for the experienced player, others too complex for the beginner. Gordon's book is the 12th poker book I've bought, and I rank it at the top for both style and substance.
The Little Green Book is patterned after Harvey Penick's Little Red Book on golf, and like Penick's book, it covers its subject with clarity and detail, and without pretense. Beginners and experience players alike will benefit from Gordon's book.
I think it was Tommy Smothers who joked that he was going to write a golf book called: "The 39 Most Important Things to Think About at the Moment of Impact." Reading golf books can cause a player to overanalyze and, consequently, worsen a player's game. The same can be said of some poker books, but not Gordon's. While the book is simple and an easy read, it is also comprehensive. It covers play on every round of betting, the math involved in no limit hold'em, the psychology of the game, and tourney play. The book also includes starting hand charts and "tells," the body language of poker that gives opponents clues of a player's hand. It's no stretch to say it represents the only no limit hold'em book a player needs to master the game.
I highly recommend the Little Green Book for those who want a rock solid foundation in no-limit hold'em.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I listen to this on the way to every tournament for reminders....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd recommend odds books over this one it's kind of simple book for beginners.Published 5 months ago by SolidSShady
Super helpful read that breaks down the various elements of poker - strategy, tells, math, psychology, tournament vs. cash approaches etc.Published 7 months ago by Mathew Guliner
Great book if you're just getting into poker or even if you have some experience.Published 7 months ago by Mike
Best book for beginners to intermediate players as it covers odds ,tells,position,and a lot of information good for limit and no limit poker. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raymond Alva