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Get the Edge At Low-Limit Texas Hold'em (Scoblete Get-The-Edge Guide) Paperback – March 25, 2004
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Bill Burton (Annapolis, MD) is a member of Chesapeake's technical and training staff. Bill has been working with Cisco routers since 1991 and became a CCIE in 1994. He also has been teaching Cisco courses for the past five years.
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Even if you do not intend to play for money, this book will make the game of Texas Hold-em more enjoyable as you will understand the dynamics of the game...
Burton gives you very little of the theory behind poker, the odds, the "whys" of the best move. Now, for a beginner low limit book, you don't want to get too bogged down in that stuff, but personally I find it easier to remember, "I should do XX because the odd of getting YY are so much better than the odds of ZZ." Figuring out the basic odds isn't too hard, but it is treated only briefly in this book, and Burton doesn't really drive the point home.
Frankly, this book has a lot of info, but it doesn't boil it down into strategies that you are going to remember when you are at the table. You might get frustrated because you be paranoid about remembering everything that is laid out in a very verbose format.
Personally, I didn't find this book as useful as the one by Lee Jones (Winning Low Limit Hold Em). If you only buy one book, go for Jones's, because he really breaks down the hows plus the whys of each move, and every chapter concludes with a cheat sheet for you to remember your new Hold Em "rules."
What a nice surprise to find that Bill Burton has written a well crafted, simple, insightful, factually correct, useful, and deftly written text on limit hold'em. A starting player could ask for little more than what Bill has provided in this hand-sized volume. He takes readers from very basic strategy to understanding, strategically, some of the more sophisticated parts of the game. And he does so in the context of the casino game for which it was written -- giving any interested student of the game an ideal text from which to learn how to win. Having played thousands of hours of hold'em in casinos, I can say with certainty that a thorough reading of this book, and the application of the solid information between its covers, will turn a novice into at least a break-even player (given the stiff rake of the low limit casino game). With a lot of practice, the student of the game who uses the information Mr. Burton provides, will play better than 95% of the low limit hold'em players one is likely to encounter in public card rooms today.
I've saved my highest compliment for last, however. I'd say this much about the author. If I saw him and 7 clones sitting at a table at my home casino, Foxwoods, I would not sit down in the game. There would be no easy money to be won.
I absolutely agree with Uncle Trick's analysis of the book -- especially regarding its lack of depth. The problem can be highlighted by comparing Burton's treatment of Ace-Jack offsuit in early postion with that of Jones.
Burton simply says "(AJo)is playable in early position, but if you're raised you may be in trouble. You have to consider who's doing the raising." In fairness, these statements are basically true, but I find them pretty superficial.
In contrast, Jones devotes a lengthy and thoughtful paragraph to AJo, concluding that inexperienced players should probably fold it in early position. I took up poker about three months ago, and did not fully appreciate all of Jones's thinking when I first read his book. But I have found myself rereading paragraphs like the one in Jones on AJo and gaining understanding on second and third readings. It's a very valuable resource.
Burton's book is relatively inexpensive and does provide some useful information for the beginner. The tables of starting hands are about as good as any, and there are tables of odds stating, for example, the probability of hitting a flush given two suited cards. If you find this kind of thing useful, you may want to have the book in your library. But you won't find yourself rereading this one often!
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but i am a master of hold'em after i read this book.