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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: D & B Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904468306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904468301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rolf Slotboom is the best short-stack Pot-Limit Omaha player in the world. After this book, Pot-Limit Omaha will never be the same." By Rob Hollink EPT GRAND FINAL WINNER 2005"

About the Author

Rolf Slotboom is a highly successful poker pro and columnist for the US magazine Card Player. He is also editor of Card Player Europe and author of Hold’em on the Come also published by D&B Poker.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Johnson on April 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ok folks, up front this is not a how to book. Actually there is very little information in this book about starting hands, semi bluffing ect. This book is more about Power Plays. It is about using betting to lure in the action, controlling the pot, and most of all: understanding a great players use of logic rather than pure aggression. Rolf goes through hand scenerios that he has been in, in specific types of games.

For Example: He tells of his time playing in a loose aggressive game in Vienna and how he was able to develop a systematic approach in beating this particular game. P.S. It is fascinating to read.

His style is very erradic but once you read a few of his "Tales from the Felt" (as I call it) you begin to comprehend why he plays these hands a certain way in one game and completely different in another type of game.

If you are an intermediate player I would still say you should read: Jeff Hwangs, Pot Limit Omaha book first and then read this one. Because the concepts in this book are advanced and you must have a clear understanding of the game to fully grasp the ideas and plays in this book. If you don't you will loose alot of money attempting these Power Plays.

On a Personal Note:

I play Omaha hi/lo Ring Games at my local casino and there are moments when I can understand these plays and incorporate them into my game and they have helped me get that extra value for my hand that I could not get before.

Hope this helps!

- George Johnson
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wolf Finkbeiner on May 9, 2007
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Finally a non-idiot book for pot limit 0maha. Rolf claims to "have held nothing back" in his book, and I believe him. Slotboom details his "small-stack" strategy which mathematically served him to become one of his games most frequent winners. He also details a large-stack strategy. His book is pretty comprehensive, he covers starting hands, but he goes into more detail--detailing on how he would play them on early and also on the button. This book also includes "classic" Slotboom articles. Slotboom's writing style is fun. He's a deep thinker but you'll also see him in a deep strategy section refer to an opponent as "tight-a**"!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Poker professional and "Card Player" magazine columnist Rolf Slotboom presents Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Win Big - Both Live and Online, a guide especially attuned to the complex elements of medium and high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha poker. Drawing directly on his experience matched against top players, Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha dispels common misconceptions (such as the idea that an open-ended straight draw on the flop is always a hand to be excited about), presents practice hands and hand match-ups and analysis to test one's poker deductive skills, offers strategies especially for players looking to earn money in online games, and much more. In addition to suggestions for optimum bet sizes, correct seating positions, blocker play, the bare ace bluff, and numerous other tips and tricks, Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha features an accompanying DVD with Rolf Slotboom, Ed Miller, and Byron Jacobs in person. An excellent resource for poker players of all skill and experience levels looking to hone their Pot-Limit Omaha skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Professor S on December 9, 2010
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This book is the definitive book on Omaha shortstacking. Shortstacking is a way of buying into a game for the absolute minimum amount of money and using small mathematical edges to make a profit. Short stackers like to buy into a game, increase their stack once and then quit.

This book is a useful tool even if you are only using it as a way of understanding / defending against short stackers.

For those of you who are looking for a low-risk way of playing / learning the game, the book is somewhat useful, though not great. It is more of a gimmick tool that is awesome to beat loose full-table games, but will not work in others (and the author is open about all of this).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FeFiFoFu on November 2, 2008
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The saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" definitely applies to this book. This is not a generic book that teaches you the "secrets of professional pot-limit omaha". For the fundamentals of playing Omaha you should read Hwang or Ciaffone instead.

This book is about a very specific strategy that the author uses. It should be titled "Secrets of a Professional's Quirky Strategy for Pot-Limit Omaha". It teaches a short-stacking strategy: wait for premium hands and go all-in. While it might be a successful strategy, it is not for the average poker book reader looking to learn the fundamentals of Omaha. Unfortunately the cover, back-cover and other descriptions of the book don't point this out. I'm not saying it's a bad book, but no-where does it describe who this book is useful for: experienced Omaha players who are looking to learn a few short-stacking tricks.

I agree with William J Nicholas's review... not for you and me...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William J. Nicholas on June 9, 2008
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Having read these reviews, I thought I'd better give my sad opinion too, since most of the reviews miss the biggest point.

Unless you are an advanced Omaha player, this book is not for you. If you don't have an exceptional understanding of the game, the stuff Rolf writes will go right over your head. God help you (and your bankroll) if you try using it in money games.

One reviewer is right in saying to read Hwang first. Ciaffone would be another good choice.
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