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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402206054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402206054
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Dennis Purdy left the "working world" and moved to Las Vegas at the age of 35 to undertake a career as a professional gambler. He became an expert card counter at blackjack starting in 1978, eventually forming, teaching and leading several "teams" in Las Vegas, and achieving a winning session rate of 86 percent. Although he retired from full-time professional gambling in 1983, he still uses his skills to supplement his income. Mr. Purdy lives in Tacoma, Washington.

About the Author

Dennis Purdy left the "working world" and moved to Las Vegas at the age of 35 to undertake a career as a professional gambler. He became an expert card counter at blackjack starting in 1978, eventually forming, teaching and leading several "teams" in Las Vegas, and achieving a winning session rate of 86 percent. Although he retired from full-time professional gambling in 1983, he still uses his skills to supplement his income. Mr. Purdy lives in Tacoma, Washington.

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So, overall this is a fantastic book for beginners, and one that I highly recommend.
bookpete
This is the only illustrated poker book I found, that is clear and concise and tells you what to do if you have certain hands!!!
N. D. Bogosian
This is not evident from the title of the book, and if this is intentional, it's rather shameful.
Sanjay Mehta

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By bookpete on August 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of this book, as it has helped me make the jump from beginner to skilled player. Therefore I was surprised to see a negative review of Purdy's odds calculation. As I use his system when I play, I of course went back to the book to see look at it closely. And guess what? It turns out that the reviewer was actually wrong, and this book is correct. The confusion lies in the difference between odds and probability, and understanding the difference is crucial if you attempt to use either at the poker table.

Let's go back to the example the review used. You have pocket cards of 6-8, and the flop is 2-3-8. What are the odds that an 8 will come on the turn? Purdy claims 45 to 2, and the reviewer claims 2 in 47. Who's right? Purdy is. You see, Purdy is calculating the odds, whereas the reviewer is calculating the probability.

Let's make this much simpler. Pretend you have a situation where there are fifteen cards left, out of which 5 cards will give you the result you desire. (I know you'll never have this few cards left in Hold 'Em, but it's easier to understand this way). Your instinct would be to say that your odds are 15 to 5, and then reduce that to 3 to 1. But that's not calculating odds, it's calculating probability. Odds are formed by this setup: [Number of cards that are not what you desire] to [number of cards that give you the desired results]. So out of 15 cards left, 10 give you the undesired result, whereas 5 give you the desired result. Therefore, the odds are 10 to 5, or 2 to 1. Much different, right? If you want to get more complicated, you can use this formula, which translates probability to odds: where x = probability, 0.x/(1−0.x) = odds. Try it yourself. If something has a 20% chance of happening, the odds of it happening are .25, or 4 to 1.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. T. Staples on December 9, 2005
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I just picked up this book today and have no regrets about the 15 bucks i dropped on it (hey it's even cheaper on amazon). What makes this a better poker book than others is that it set up as a tutorial, walking you through 150 actual situations at a poker table. You have to decide what play to make and then the author tells you the correct answer. If your new to hold'em these exercises will save you money fast. There's so many stupid plays us beginners make, this book will help you eliminate these weaknesses from your game. I read brunson's super system and sklanskys theory of poker before I started playing on line a few months ago, they helped me a lot but I still lacked real game experience. This book will jump start your experience and help you make those tough decisions at poker table. You should be aware that the book deals with limit games and not no limit. Even if you play no limit I think these exercises will help strengthen your game if you haven't been playing for that long. It's a quick fun read that won't blow up your brain trying to figure out what the author is talking about. I'm sure you'll make your 10 bucks back!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Lopez on November 7, 2005
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Read Sklansky and Harrington last month. Very good books and a must read for anyone interested in playing poker well. Have been playing dealer's choice poker variations for about fifteen years. Have been playing Hold'em, specifically, for about four months now.

The Sklansky and Harrington books give you a lot of theory. They teach you how to think about poker. This book gives you all practicum, which is especially great for the beginner and intermediate player. The author provides very straight forward explanations for his decisions, and in the process reinforces proper play, while also discouraging improper play.

This book is a great complement to the other two books mentioned. Will help reinforce the basics -- plays that we take for granted, forget about, and therefore get wrong under pressure. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning solid basic game play, or for reinforcing the basics as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Healey on August 6, 2005
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If you have been playing poker for less than a year and are looking to improve your game (or if you have been playing for longer and still lose!) then this is the book for you.

Taking an entirely different approach to teaching the game than most books this is an illustrated guide. Each page graphically presents a scenario including table position, pot size, cards held, board cards already out (if any), and action prior to your turn. Based on this information the reader is asked, check, fold, call or raise: The fundamental decision for every player at every betting round. After you have answered the question in your head the next page then details what you should have said and why. The book then walks you through the thought process that you should have based on the facts and explains in simple and clear terms what the correct course of action is and why.

This unique method of teaching the game shows the importance of correct starting hands, pot odds, implied odds, position, pot size, and many other factors. In many other books these fairly advanced concepts are pretty difficult to grasp, however the illustrated format of this book makes learning a breeze.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Bogosian on June 22, 2005
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I started playing poker seriously about 8 months ago, after just dabbling with friends and family. I'd read 4 other books and skimmed through a few others in preparation for my trips to Foxwoods and also on some online poker rooms. This is the only illustrated poker book I found, that is clear and concise and tells you what to do if you have certain hands!!! Many of the other poker books on Hold'em, are bogged down and not very easy to follow or learn from - or so was my opinion. The tips and advice in this book are already paying off for me - literally! I read it as soon as I got it a few weeks ago and Presto!! One thing is for sure, I'm more confident at a poker table than I was before I read Mr. Purdy's book! I recommend it to all. Thanks!! And Happy Winnings!
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