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Every Hand Revealed Paperback – Illustrated, May 1, 2008
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- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0818407277
- ISBN-10 : 0818407271
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Citadel; Illustrated Edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #135,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting back to Gus's book. He teaches you through his experience and how he rationalizes his calls raises and folds in a hand by hand account. Besides being very informative, its a very easy read.
A must have! I have read it several times already. It seems a big book but since you have a lot of visuals you will just fly through it in a very short time.
But I'll tell you what I got:
Basically, Gus goes through, chronologically, several hands per orbit of a big tournament that he was successful in. For each hand, he states his hole cards, the blinds/antes level, and his present chipstack.
For each hand, he more or says what was going through his mind (he recorded his thoughts during the tournament), and describes what options there were for each decision, and why some were discarded out of hand, and why others were chosen for further scrutiny. He is pretty honest about when he thinks that he (or another player) at the table made a complete idiot play.
I think as we all know, the general Eurodonkey style of poker is ridiculous to watch, and ridiculously -EV almost all of the time. If it weren't for Eurodonkey poker, I wouldn't make as much money as I do in tournaments. Gus, of course, is a classic Europoker guy in spirit, but the difference is, he manages to insert a good bit of sense into his crazy play, and you can really see that quite clearly in this book. For all of the outward appearance of pure aggression that he gives, you will see that Gus is only rarely putting chips into the pot without a positive expectation; his expectation, you discover, is based on mathematics, tournament position, and, occasionally, "reads" (e.g., noticing that an opponent "looks like" he desperately wants a free card and would not pay to see the next card to his draw). None of his play is reckless adrenaline-based aggression.
The book has therefore been quite helpful to me in that I can see that the classic Scandinavian-maniac style of poker, WHEN WIELDED BY A SENSEI such as Gus, is in fact dangerous. It has also given me a window into the weaknesses of my own personal very tight play, which I can plainly see is susceptible in very material ways to a Gus's kind of aggressive style; in the past, I have simply waited to snap-off overly aggressive players, with a good deal of success. Gus, however, is un-snappable, and were I to face Gus, I realize that he'd clean up my chips while I was "waiting to snap him off", and then when the moment came to snap him off, he'd escape from the pot before I could do any damage.
This book is a "buy" in my opinion. It has easily been among the most helpful books I have read, and has given me a clear window into the narrowness of my own play.
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This is therefore an interesting read if one wants to 'see' literally inside the mind of Gus whilst playing in a big tournament which he ultimately wins.Nonetheless this is not a book I'd recommend if one wishes to get into poker strategy which will improve your tournament play.It is widely accepted that while Gus is an absolutely fascinating individual, he is ultimately a 'losing player' at the higher stakes. A reasonably decent read for the poker fanatic but not one which will improve your game.
I just think hes game suits large fields of inexperienced players and he should stay away from super high rollers and massive cash games. If I was as good as Gus i wouldn't be seeking out the few players in the world better then me lol
The book provides insight into every hand that Gus played in the 2007 Aussie Millions tournament (Hands folded before any money went in the pot are not included).
The information supplied for each hand is well written and even funny on some occasions, Gus provides great detail on who he is playing why he played the hand as he did and if he believes that he played the hand well or not. It is a seriously fascinating look at a player who has a reputation for being extremely loose and fool hardy when in reality he thinks "nearly" (one hand stands out where he forgot the suit of his hole cards) every hand through in meticulous detail.
I have gave this book 5 stars because I found it to be an awesome read and a very interesting insight to a single player in a massive high stakes multi-table tournament... However the kindle version of this book doesn't always display the tables or diagrams in a very readable manor and I would seriously recommend that any potential purchasers buy a hard copy of this book and not the kindle version.
I have since purchased the hard copy of this book as well and the kindle version and the book is far superior!
Rating for the book - 5 stars (and I would give it more if I could).
Rating for the Kindle version of the book - 3 stars (at best due to display issues)
Gus plays a very loose pre flop style but then makes good decisions and reads post flop. The book takes you through every hand in the tournament which he eventually wins. Gus obviously has a lot of skill however there are points in the book which teach you that even if you are the best poker player in the world you still need moments of luck to win a large tournament, and large prize, as Gus does here.
All in all a very interesting poker book and a must read for anyone interested in the sport.
I like that he is brutally honest, where he has made a poor play he explains what led him to make a poor decision and what he thinks he should have done. In terms of his actual play you realise why the guy is so good. He has a clear strategy from the start and he sticks to it. It's mostly just based on calculating pot odds and using simple game theory to anticipate what others will do. And yes this equates to a super aggressive style of play. But what makes this effective is that he is seemingly one step ahead of his opponents at all times.
My only slight criticism were the number of typos in the book. There were a lot, but since it was so good other than that I will let it go.