Elements of Poker Paperback – December 10, 2007
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I have already listen to the book a few times and that's not enough, I need to go through it a few more times just to grasp all the concepts.
It is definitely one of my top 2 favorite poker books! My other favorite book is by Ed Miller, The Course. The only negative that I have about this book is that it is underpriced, Tommy, this book should be listed as about a $50 book or more! But Hey I'm not complaining thank you for the discount!!!
Tommy Angelo manages in 250 well-written and exceptionally well-edited pages to cover many aspects of poker that you'll seldom see discussed. The book would be worth reading even if it contained nothing new simply because it's readable, even entertaining.
But it does contain much that is new to poker literature, if not in substance in slant. For example his discussion of "A-Game, B-Game, and C_Game" hands should be an eye opener for players who habitually play cards that are certain losers. In his classification there is only one B-Game hand - and I'll not step on his punch line by telling what it is. Heeding his advice on this topic should help to make more decisions black vs. white rather than an endless variety of shades of gray.
Players enamored with suited cards would be well advised to read element 32 (Suitedness and Connectedness) where they'll get a realistic view of the true value of suited cards. (Being suited adds about 4% probability of winning to a hand at a full table, 2% heads up.) Eveyone understands that position is of paramount importance in Hold'em. So there's nothing new to be said about it, right? Wrong. Angelo's discussion of elements 28-31 reveals nothing "new", but does reveal what we all think we know in a new light. Read his discussion then re-read Sklansky.
The bottom line is you'll gain a few insights into the old familiar topics. More importantly, you will gain some entirely new perspectives on your game and some of what you already know will be seen so clearly you'll realize that although you could quote the concept you didn't really know it. Angelo's prose is so readable and his ideas so well expressed that you'll find yourself rethinking your own game as you progress through the book. I can't imagine any player not learning something valuable from this book.
Did I mention that it's readable? Looks like an actual English-language editor checked for spelling, syntax, etc. This may be the most readable poker book I've seen.
Having read his work online at his website, I thought it was so well written, and pertinent to ANY poker players success. Well written in an interesting and entertaining style.
Just what the title say, Elements of Poker, not how to play poker. The great thing is you can use his ideas in your everyday life, Poker player or not.
I bought the Kindle edition at a great price and value. Had I known how superior it was, I would have bought it earlier. Go ahead and do yourself a favor and order one. Having discussed this book with several other poker players I know, and read comments on Poker forums, I have never heard one negative comment on the content or writing style .
This is NOT a book for beginning poker players though. This is a book for players who have read a couple of technical books and have a few hundred hours of play under their belts and are ready to ascend to that "next" level.
There are probably a great many people in the middle category, the people who will gain by reading this book. Mr. Angelo doesn't give a great many tactical tips here, so this book won't be much help in _creating_ your A game. However, that is the easy part. Poker isn't as difficult as it seems. An A game good enough to win against ok players is not out of your reach. This book will help you play it all, or almost all, the time.
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It tells how Tommy changed from being a degenerate poker player to 'seeing the light' and changing habits (ignore what other books tell you, no matter how good the game, get up and leave) everyone who plays poker will have a few or more than a few of Tommy's bad habits, many of which he explains in a humorous, yet quite cutting manner. The advice given is absolutely priceless from banking wins, standing up from a game, playing tight, playing aggressive and position being all important. it gives a full account of the apprenticeship of a poker player and what it actually takes to win, basically getting sick of losing and turning it around to become a winner....A must have for anyone that plays poker or even just looking for a good read, EXCELLENT
The book contains very little in the way of "pure" poker theory in comparison to the 2+2 titles you won't find much in the way of hand analisys, it's really not that kind of book.
What you will find is a completely unique perspective on poker thought that provides a means in which to retrain your mind and subsequently your game.