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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 18 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: D&B Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: January 18, 2019
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07MVK1GTQ
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Exploitative Play in Live Poker: How to Manipulate Your Opponents into Making Mistakes Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Good: Has some content that made me think, was probably worth the $20 for me. Caveat, I buy almost every poker book anyway. Author has read Taleb. (Maybe I should say author quotes Taleb.) It is an entertaining read, but is entertaining what you want in a poker book?
Bad: Is not about about "Exploitative Play" or "How to Manipulate your Opponents into Making Mistakes". I'm not sure it is really about "Live Poker" unless what he means is unschooled opponents. Padding that is almost sales-pitchy, like the marketing emails he sends out. Few example hands (30?). Lots of irrelevant/useless content. References to "databases" that he doesn't back up with the data. Shortish. I'm not sure I can think of anything in it that would make me want to recommend it to someone. (Actually some of the non-poker stuff in it might be something I recommend to people have problems in those areas, but is that what you are look for in a book with this title?) Could almost be a single chapter in one of those portmanteau books D&B seems to like if you stripped out all of the irrelevant stuff, but if it was I would have probably liked that chapter (keeping in mind that there would have been another 10 chapters from other authors).
Summary: If you were thinking "finally, a book about exploitative play!" this isn't it. It is "Alexander Fitzgerald's poker book". If you were looking for the former, don't buy it. If the latter, well, it's only $20 and not terrible.
What is great about the book, is that it really does summarize and reinforce all of his content from at least the last year. This book puts it all in one place, and it a relatively easy reading format. Very few poker writing as what I would say "easy to read". Great book for anyone who wants to work on their game, 1/2, 1/3 and maybe 2/5. I think its also great for anyone who is familiar with Alex's work. It helps drive home the points he has delivered via youtube and oneouter podcasts.
I play in a league with 60 players and about 85% of them are in this category of "playing their cards" and also calling 3-bet Out of Position and then playing fit or fold on the flop. His strategies outlined in this book works PERFECTLY against this field and I have been crushing my league by following his blueprint.
This book doesn't give you any charts to memorize, but rather teaches you how to think and take advantage of +eV spots and his tactics are backed by analytics. I find Alex's style very refreshing and the book is an easy read. The tactics seems simple on the surface but they WORK!!!
I have actually purchased his training video "How to Think Like a Poker Player" and this book is a nice summary of that training video, but the videos go into much more detail and hand examples.
I highly recommend this book
By far the most essential section is after the main part of the book. Alex really opens up and shares ALL of his trials and tribulations about going professional. If you have thought of doing that yourself, or know someone who is, this is the section of the book to read. Worth the price alone. I haven't found anything close to this good of a brass tacks look at the life of a professional poker player, and what someone can expect out of it.
That said, the sections on exploiting other players are really good - I'll be rereading them and using them all. Plus, the best thing about those sections is that he lays out the thought process around them. So you can find more places like them on your own. You'll have to do some work, but you'll reap the rewards too.
Overall, it's also a fast and entertaining read. Nuts and bolts, solid advice, and it's relevant TODAY.
Glad I picked it up.
While the actual sub-title is “How to manipulate your opponents into making mistakes,” it could also be “how to manipulate yourself into playing the way you can & should” against them.
Having read and studied a wide variety of technical poker material, convincing myself to execute the concepts while playing is somewhat different. Alex's approach to teaching snaps me out of my tendency to "hold back" and just do it.