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Thursday-Night Poker: How to Understand, Enjoy--and Win [Kindle Edition]

Peter O. Steiner
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Intended for the serious biweekly or monthly player, this gaming guide devotes chapters to calculating probabilities, estimating odds, bluffing and being bluffed, reading your opponents' down cards, and more. Virtually everyone will learn from this clearly written, fully illustrated instructional book.


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How often do you play poker? Do you play for fun or to make money? How high are the stakes of your games? If you play semiserious poker on a weekly basis in a standing game for more than laundry money, this is the book for you. Steiner, the author of an economics textbook, focuses on helping weekly players enhance their card-playing techniques and use of strategy. The text teaches how to evaluate competitors and identify their tendencies as well as offering tips on masking one's own identifiable habits. It also provides understandable descriptions of the standard poker games and their variations, explaining the best ways to get an edge on the other players. Steiner is quite thorough, though only a dedicated poker competitor would implement all the strategies outlined. A good choice for most recreation collections. Scott Wilkens

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Intended for the serious biweekly or monthly player, this gaming guide devotes chapters to calculating probabilities, estimating odds, bluffing and being bluffed, reading your opponents' down cards, and more. Virtually everyone will learn from this clearly written, fully illustrated instructional book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1454 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812974913
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Rev Upd edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKKU8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the nuts! October 16, 2003
Format:Paperback
I've been playing "Thursday Night Poker" for 20 years, and I've read a lot of poker books--and won a lot of money as the result--but none of those books have been especially good, and most have been downright terrible. This is the first all round excellent book on the subject I've found.
The author avoids those problems I have with the majority of poker books on the market.
First, he writes exceedingly well, a rarity among poker writers. The book is intelligent, readable and interesting. There are no wide page margins and large print. There is a lot of material. He sticks to the point. He's not a windbag, off the subject, boasting about his individual accomplishments, another common poker writer problem.
Second, he writes with the Thursday night game or the low-to-medium-level casino game in mind, understanding that you want to stay in longer than you should because you are playing to have fun and dropping every hand, sitting around waiting for the nuts, isn't how you want to spend Thursday night. He writes about playing with sophisticated players, tight games and when bluffing can be effective.
Third--he covers the games you're likely to encounter, emphasizing 7-Card Stud, High-Low, Holdem and Omaha and covering, but de-emphasizing Draw and Five Card Stud. He covers, for example, how to play High-Low declare and "cards speak." He covers the differences between no-limit and limit. He offers practice examples to be sure you understand his points.
Fourth--He's a mathematician who writes clearly and provides the corrrect amount of text covering odds, pot odds and making seat of the pants calculations while at the table. He provides clear tables, and explains what you should expect to have in each game to win.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent point of view for the casual player! November 7, 2001
By Milkman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is not written from the standpoint of 99% of the other books on poker. Those books assume you are a full-time player grinding out a living at some poker table in Vegas. This book does not fit that mold! This book is for those of us who play once a week with our pals, and we want to BEAT THOSE PALS ON A REGULAR BASIS! Yeah! It tells you how to do the quick, simple math to take your game to the next level. It also gives you tips to "read" your mates at the weekly game. Since players like those at your weekly poker game are not professionals, they tend to exhibit certain habits which can expose their hand. This is not watching for a twitch or Oreo cookies like you see in "Rounders!" What this means is watching someone's betting patterns. They don't realize they do it, but now you will!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very complex but informative guide on poker July 30, 1999
Format:Paperback
The author of this work was a former professor at the University of Michigan in law and economics, and this book is a product of his background. It features far fewer "war stories" than the usual work in this field. It does offer a much more analytical, nuanced guide to the various types of poker games, backed by solid computer analysis. Potential purchasers should be warned that this work is much more intensive and difficult to truly understand than the "Thursday Night Poker" title may suggest. It contains very deep explorations of probability, player psychology, pot management, and tactics. It wasn't an easy read for me. Like the Bible, I can go back and reread it over and over again, and I see new truths in it every time. In fact, such rereading will almost be mandatory to really grasp everything the author is communicating. However, no one ever said that studying such a complex topic would be easy. The author writes like the high-level academician he is, and expects his "students" to put in the effort necessary to learn the lessons. However, I think this is a seminal work in the area, and a must for any serious poker player. I have read and reread my copy so much that the cover is falling off. I literally refer to it after every session. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost exactly what I needed May 3, 2003
Format:Paperback
As a casual poker player (small stakes once or twice a month with friends) I win as often as I lose, most often ending within 10% of my initial buy-in. I wanted a book to give me a better perspective on my betting habits and on the the odds of pulling my flush/straight/full-house to try and improve my overall winning percentage. This book offered me real advice on these topics this as well as added bonus: a lot of information on how to read my opponents hand strength by understanding their betting habits based on their position around the table. Strategies and example hands are discussed in depth for 5 card, 7 card, Hold em and Omaha. Will I be a better player as a result of this book ? Sure, if I pay attention a lot more than I do now to my opponents behavior and my early cards. Will I be a smarter player when it comes to my possible hand and my bets ? Absolutely.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book -- well researched May 5, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I echo what other reviewers have written: This book is better for the average home game where the stakes are low and play is loose. At the same time, the average home player may find the mathematical detail and the discussions of expected values difficult to follow. That doesn't negate their value, however, and I find that the academic approach Steiner uses is great (what other poker book has footnotes?). In particular, his discussions of the more popular games -- draw, 7-card stud, 7-card hi-lo, hold 'em (texas and omaha), etc. -- are valuable. Even if you have to reread some of the sections to fully comprehend them, it's an excellent foundational treatise on poker.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Poker Book
Thursday Night Poker is a very well written book about exactly what the title says. It is different from most poker books, and Steiner knows it and even explains the differences... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Curt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Poker Book I Own
This is actually the second book of Mr. Steiner's I've read. The first was his introduction to economics textbook at college. Read more
Published on December 26, 2006 by Bob Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, Good to have in your Poker Library
This book is for people who like to play Poker for "medium" stakes (not nickel-dime-quarter). It's an enjoyable read.
Published on December 1, 2006 by Leigh Strother-Vien
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
its a good book, starts off pretty dry and relatively simplistic but gets better after the tells section. Read more
Published on July 12, 2005 by jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Value.
This is a very good book that is quite well written; however, since it is from 1996, it's rather dated. Read more
Published on October 23, 2004 by Bernard Chapin
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Serious Home Games
This book is unique in that it covers strategy and tactics for play in

serious home games instead of a casino or online. Read more
Published on August 17, 2004 by darrelv
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag
Let me begin by saying that I regard myself as a decent amateur player. I also have different feelings about different aspects of this book. Read more
Published on April 4, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate Reading and Reference
A poker text has to fit the player-- beginners don't need statistical dissertation, pros don't need 'what would you do here' stuff. Read more
Published on August 27, 2002 by R. Mandl
1.0 out of 5 stars fore see
i would only play on friday this is no good for me
Published on March 17, 2002 by tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
Excellent book, clearly explains lots of subjects and supports assertions with more than "well, in my 20 years, this is how I think it is". Read more
Published on March 1, 2002
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