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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477473084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477473085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Miller is the best-selling author of seven books on poker strategy, having sold over a quarter million copies. His books have helped launch the careers of hundreds of professional players.

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Very dense, it lends itself well to multiple reads.
Pablo Garza
If you are a small winner in your current low stakes live game, this book will help you find good spots to open up your game against nits, TAGs and LAGs.
Aaronk56
This will become a "must own" book for the low level no limit player looking to taking their game to the next level.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By joyfull on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As usual, Ed Miller gives you great information and explains it well. But for a $50 book, I was extremely annoyed by the seemingly endless errors. Typos, grammatical errors, wrong pot sizes and once he's even telling you a hand he played at 2-5 and he makes a straight flush on the river, which he says is the worst card for him (could be if he thinks it hurts his chances of getting paid off) but doesn't explain, then later he says he would have folded it to a raise, so you know it was another error in the text. When you don't understand something, you wonder if it's because you don't understand it or if it's because of yet another error. There's a great example he gives of two hands with the same board but that run out in a different order and how it changes the dynamic against a LAG. But I'm somewhat confused by it and wonder if I'm missing something or if the author/editor did.

The organization of the book is poor as well. It's a collection of various exploitable situations and common betting lines or player tendencies he's observed. It lacks the usual flow and theoretical underpinning we're accustomed to from Miller. I think he could have said a lot more about "playing the player" but the various errors, short length and $50 price tag make me think he's given up and just wants to make as much money with as little effort as possible. He even plugs his other book a couple times and at one point says jokingly (but you get the sense mostly serious) you'll have to buy his next book for further explanation.

I still give the book 4 stars because applying the information should make you much more than $50 and it really gets you thinking about when and how to adjust your game to exploit your opponents, which I think is the most important skill you can have in no-limit.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Flashy on June 19, 2012
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This will become a "must own" book for the low level no limit player looking to taking their game to the next level. I base this on extensive live experience at low level games as well as having read just about every credible poker book ever written.

Ed has written a series of books to teach poker to low limit players, Small Stakes (Limit) Hold-em and Small Stakes No Limit are already widely considered the best ever for those games. They are great for the new player who wants to become a winner. He has now turned his attention to getting a low limit player to the next level. First, by writing How to Read Hands at No-Limit. This books goes deep into hand reading, a skill which separates the good players from the great ones.

Playing the Player is in many ways a companion book to How to Read Hands. Playing the Player applies the knowledge in recognizing the specific plays that low limit players make and then to exploit them. You don't have to read both, although I would recommend it. If you only have patience for one, then get the Playing the Player Book.

What separates Ed from other poker authors is that he:
1) Genuinely wants you to crush the games you are playing in and encourages you to make the leap in how you play.
2) Gets to the point quickly, logically, and concisely, most poker books meander.
2) Live and breathes low level games, he knows them in and out.

Applying these principals, I recently had a live 2-5 no-limit session in which I booked at $1,800 win. In the five hours, I played, I never had a full house, flush, or flopped trips. Just taking away pots from players who were making the plays Ed showed me how to exploit.

So while Ed's books are more expensive than others, usually they are of much higher value. You will easily make up the cost many times over in the first few games you play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie L. on December 25, 2013
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I'm looking forward to applying the lessons from this book in my games. Every book of Ed's that I have read, has given me new insight to way the game is being played today. It's opened
my eyes to the strategies I've seen at the tables and not understood why they were so effective. It's opened my eyes to the mistakes that I'm making that I need to correct. And it's opened my eyes to the mistakes that my opponents make that I can now take better advantage of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AD Fabrics on December 17, 2013
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For small stakes games this book provides knowledge on how to play and win. It gives detailed explanation how to play in todays tight games and helps to improve
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mojica on November 11, 2013
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Easy read that should make most disciplined live cash game players more profitable. Since this is a pretty new book the strategy isn't dated. I think what this book & other Ed Miller books has me doing when I play at any given cash game table really does have me dominating my opponents now!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carver Smith on June 24, 2012
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"You put a move on Chan. You son of a bitch.". -Kinish

This is that book of "the moves". It tells you the kind of moves and spots to use them in. I have about five feet of poker books, but all the stuff in here is new in book form.

This weekend, sitting 2-5 I used plays from this book:

In wild games, sneak in cheap against bad players. 59o in lateish position the one time the table idiots limped yielded $400 pot. It was more about getting bad opponents into positions where they will make mistakes than thinking the hand was good pre flop. No starting hand list puts 59o on it, but conditions dictated otherwise.

"Raise junk pre, barrel flop and turn."
Actually, waited until river to fire second barrel into this regular, but took down $120 pot that I would have normally never played.

"Raise continuation bets." It was a perfect barrelling flop, kxx. Of course my opponent c-bet after having raised from small pre. I raised the TAG, turning an underpair into a bluff. Took down a $175 pot where I normally would have floated (tempting one final player in) or folded.

Understanding ranges. This regular limped into my big blind. 774 flop. When he bets, he has a range of hands. None of them like being donk bet into when a 5 hits the turn. Took down $55 where I would have folded on the flop. I specifically envisioned this reg when reading the book as my canonical nitty regular player to target.

What Ed has done here is document the next level of poker thinking. I don't think he invented these moves, I suspect you can find isolated examples scattered in Internet forums. The value here is clearly outlining the who, when's and why's about these moves.

I see 150 big blinds in my bankroll from a 12 big blind investment. He is laying you better than 10:1. Fist pump snap call on this book.
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