- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511768320
- ISBN-13: 978-1511768320
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,790 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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Definitely buy this book, but don’t use the lessons, or you will become a much tougher opponent!
If you don't understand what I am saying about and are a winning regular then this book point the path in the right direction. All you have to do is follow.
One note of caution. For 2/5 Ed speaks of a barreling strategy to apply maximum aggression to your opponents in order to get them to fold better hands. While Ed is correct he lives in Las Vegas where there are many players trying to play poker for a living while feeding off of tourists. So you have players capable of folding. Depending where you live and how your games are this strategy needs to be adjusted. I have played on both coasts and games are very different between the two coasts and between various casinos.
Usually there will be one casino where many regulars congregate in which this strategy can be used. But there are other casinos that no amount of barreling will force opponents to fold. So be aware when and who you can barrel off a hand and who you can't.
In some of my games 90% is value 10% is bluffing. In optimal games where players fold 50% value 50% bluffing (using this method)
I read and re-read this book a half-dozen times before I could actually get to casino to try the skills live, (as the closest one is three hours) and within fifteen minutes I made a play that won me a $250 pot. I watched this particular situation unfold EXACTLY as he described in the book, and I responded to the situation exactly as he described and I won the pot. Now, I understand that winning one pot does not mean that I'm some fully realized shark now, but the point is that before this book, I never ever ever EVER would have made that play. Never! I would definitely have folded and lost the pot.
There are some terrific insights in his pages, I can't say enough about it.
If you understand the very most basic math and strategy (The kind taught in your first poker book) then I believe this is the book for you.
Ed has the unique-to-the-poker-world ability to make things simpler rather than more complex. You will not find any half-page long algebraic equations that prove he's smart and imply this game is beyond comprehension.
You also won't find the naive implication that it's easy either. He tells you that you cannot master the game by reading his one book. He gives a very distinct path toward mastery and realistic expectation of the effort required. Not pessimistic. Not optimistic. Realistic.
Basically, the book is a series of skills. He somewhat assumes this is not you're first poker book. This is refreshing. He dives right into the core skills that cause a win rate as you move up the levels. He admits, again refreshingly, the limitations of the material.
I believe that if you've read and understand a solid, basic poker book or two. (Harrington on cash games and professional no limit Holdem maybe?) this book then gives you the path to mastery.
Harrington will teach you how to be a solid, if nitty, player. The math and some basic hand reading.
This book, and it's further recommended course of study, will have you eating Harringtons' students alive.
I think the reason Ed is so good at teaching poker is because he meets us where we are at. He knows, obviously on long experience of playing and coaching our stakes, what is the missing link between the average player and an ever increasing bankroll.
His hand examples and commentary come across like you took the best crusher in your game out to Starbucks and he told you in plain English how exactly he crushed the game.
If you have read some books and "know how to play" but somehow know you're leaving a lot of money on the felt when you rack up, you're probably right! I believe this is the best book for you.
Easy five stars. Ed is the best teacher in poker. Get it. Use it. Stay out of my games.