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Ed Miller is an MIT graduate and an acclaimed author of numerous poker strategy books. He's been playing, coaching, and writing about hold 'em full-time since 2003, and his books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Miller is an MIT graduate and an acclaimed author of numerous poker strategy books. He's been playing, coaching, and writing about hold 'em full-time since 2003, and his books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By joyfull on July 10, 2012
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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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29 of 31 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 Zachary J. Elwood on March 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excerpt from the book review I put on my poker blog:

Playing the Player is a book about categorizing your opponents’ strategic tendencies and then setting out to exploit those tendencies.

Miller starts out with an examination of a theoretical game-theory-optimal poker strategy. A game-theory-optimal (GTO) solution to poker (which doesn’t yet exist) would be an unchanging strategy; it would play the same way against every player. It would not be exploitable by any one player, but it would also not maximize its winrate against the worst players.

For example, a GTO strategy might dictate making a big bluff against a player who never folds. While the GTO strategy will win (or at least not lose) in the long run against every player, it also loses a lot of opportunity by not exploiting the mistakes (imbalances) of its weak opponents. Miller’s book is all about these exploitive adjustments you can make to extract more money, or save money, against your most imbalanced opponents.

I think Miller’s book is a good one and will definitely be valuable to almost everyone. I think its most value will be to $2-5 and $1-2 NLHE players who are solid but who perhaps play routinely, without thinking about their opponents’ styles. It will probably also be useful to even very experienced online players who are fairly new to live and don’t know about some of the more exploitable live player tendencies. I myself found it very useful for examining some of the mistakes I could be making or opportunities that I didn’t really take full advantage of when playing live.
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