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The Fundamentals of Poker Paperback – October 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Pub; 2 edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880685116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880685112
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,966,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By jayesbee@bigfoot.com on March 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have purchased three of these books by Malmuth/Loomis: "Fundamentals of Video Poker," "Fundamentals of Blackjack," and "Fundamentals of Poker." These books are remarkable because they are such slender, unassuming volumes. If you play poker at anything less than the professional level, you should add this book to your library. It covers Hold 'em, Seven Stud, and Omaha as well as variations of these games. The discussion of how to play the games are brief and concise. The strategy sections are fundamental, yet powerful. There's not a lot of fat here, just clear writing and practical tips. This book will not make you a world class player, but will give you a solid foundation on which to build a serious and sucessful study of the game. Buy this book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2003
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Cover to cover, this book will take you about an hour to read. It has good *basic* poker information. If you understand the basics of 7 card stud and hold'em, then there's not a lot of info in here. It breezes over some odds and gives some basic strategy pointers that are VERY conservative (which is good for keeping beginners from being slaughtered when they first take part in a game), but it is mostly "high level" info about the games. It covers other variations of poker as well, but in even less depth.
All that being said, I bought it because it qualified me for free shipping. Shipping would have been about $5, the book was $6, so I essentially spent $1 on the book - it was worth the $1. It's worth the $6 if you want a basic primer to get you started - simple to read, easy to understand. But, if you plan on trying to develop your game, there are other books that will give you the primer as well as give a little more depth (not for $6, of course...).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "rome939" on July 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in learning poker and don't know much if anything about the games, this is the book for you. It is a nice foundation to build more advanced skills on. Also, it is great to aid in figuring out what form of poker that you'd enjoy most. Now to poker? Get this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on April 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, the time has long passed since I needed a book like this, but I think Malmuth and Loomis have put together a concise, efficient summary of what poker is with novices in mind. They cover all of the basics and that's about it which is why they dub it the "fundamentals." It won't have any value for advanced players though. Specifically, I liked the General Advice and Poker Etiquette questions best. They were thoughtful and unique in my opinion. Also, a lot of players nowadays are like me and really only play Hold'em. With that being the case, they may profit from the 15 page summary of stud offered here should they ever decide to play it. A shorter overview is put forth for Omaha as well.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Saintonge on November 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book will help you start your home game. It has the rules and basic strategies for the major games. It won't make you a pro but its very effective for such a small book and a small price. You could not expect much more from a 75 pages booklet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guilherme Kalil on June 29, 2007
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The "Fundamentals of Poker" is a great book for begginers. It gives the basic rules of different games (hold'em, omaha, omaha h/l, stud, stud 8) and the basic strategy for you to beggin at micro limit games. I'm a Hold'em player and this book helped me to start playing omaha, razz and others
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