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How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold'em Paperback – December 6, 2011
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In his very first example of how to read hands he estimates an opponent's range AFTER THE TURN as being 31 different hands comprised of 176 combos. Is that actually helpful? Remember, this is after the turn. You are in trouble if that's the best you can do.
In example after example I found myself thinking, "Nobody, except maybe Rain Man, actually does this. It takes too long." Ed Miller himself provides a surprising confirmation. Consider this quote from page 167: "Throughout this book I've talked about the process of hand reading. I started by defining hand ranges. I introduced notation for hand ranges. And then I enumerated range after range in excruciating detail. If you try to do this at the table, you'll get mixed up, your opponents will call time on you, and ultimately your brain will melt....It's too much work." Then he says he'll now, in the last few pages of the book, tell us how he actually reads hands that won't make my brain melt. I thought, "Finally!"
Unfortunately, all his examples of how he supposedly thinks we're just like all the preceding examples. I decided to check my perception. I timed how long it took to fast read, without trying for comprehension, a typical example of how Mr. Miller thinks during a hand. Three and a half minutes!Read more ›
IMHO, this book is written for the poker player that has a couple years in the game, and understands much of the lingo. Such a player, will likely have some grasp of the concepts that discussed in this book, but probably hasn't put it together into a systematic plan for play. This book will help with putting it together into a systematic plan. Definitely, this is not a book for a beginning poker player, or a casual poker player; you will not get much out of this book unless poker is "on your mind".
Personally, I really like this book, and books like it. The concepts involved are not overly technical, or mathematical, however only the truly dedicated players will be able to master these ideas. The concepts herein are 100% correct, and yet they are subtle. Those who give this book only a casual reading, will likely suffer a somewhat deteriorated poker game. Probably, the price of the book ($50) will essentially cause a self-selecting effect of the readership to the upper echelon of poker students, and so I doubt these concepts will become any more popular then they are already.
Also, if you are serious about mastering the concepts in the book, you will need a pen and paper to write down the exercises. It's in working through the exercises Miller scatters throughout the book that your game will improve. You have to put in the work away from the table to get good at the game.
For Miller, a lot of hand reading comes down to using his range of starting hands for the three types of players you will find at an average small stakes game:
- The Nit: conservative in nature is mostly worried about losing big pots
- The Regular: the standard player who fills out small stakes live action hold'em and usually does well in her home games
- The Fish: a loose player who likes to gamble too much to be worried about pot odds and plays a wide variety of starting hands.
Miller avoids the traditional descriptions of tight, passive, loose, and aggressive. Although he doesn't say it, I think is the general point regardless of how players play, they stick to a range of starting hands. How they act on the flop, turn and river narrows the range of their hands, regardless of their style of play.
Three key concepts govern hand reading:
1) Players play a certain way for a reason. It's up to you to divine that reason.Read more ›
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Like my other reviews on poker books, poker must be learned first hand. I had a gift card for Amazon and bought this, I would not have spent my own cash on it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. A. Belotti
It isn't a guide on how to read hands with 100% accuracy but gives you an idea at thought processes you should have when trying to hand read.Published 21 months ago by M. Clark
This is a very useful book, and will help anyone willing to devote the time to working on hands 'away from the table' so that intuition / experienced can be developed and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by DAVID L ALLMARK
I've read many poker books from strategy and philosophical ways to play the game. I am a student of game and been playing Hold-em almost as long as Stud. Read morePublished 24 months ago by David Heiser
Anything from Ed Miller will help you make more money, period. Buy this book and any other book he writes.Published on February 15, 2014 by Robert f seeley jr
Not that helpful and costly for a paperback poker book. I would not recommend this as there are far better books
at a more reasonable price out there.
Very good book for somewhat more advanced players. Takes you step by step through hand reading techniques. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Brian T. Curley