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Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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-- Howard Lederer and Annie Duke
"Phil Gordon is one of poker's premier players and has few peers as a teacher of No Limit Hold'em. I would hate to have to compete with anyone who accesses the information in these pages."
-- Erik Seidel
"Poker: The Real Deal was the best introductory book ever, and this is the perfect 'graduation' book. It provides the key to leaving solid amateur play behind and embracing the first inklings of playing like a true pro. I now feel endowed with that intangible element of strength known as unbridled confidence."
-- James Woods
"Phil Gordon and his Little Green Book made the difference between me losing money and winning money. It made me a winning player."
-- Hank Azaria
"If I cared about poker at all, this would be the book I'd buy."
-- David Foley
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416903674
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416903673
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 1.1 x 7.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon Spotlight Entertainment; 1st Edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Filled to the brim with good stuff, but I feel i must read it a second time and condense it down into my own notes. ~ 400 pages is too much for me to hold in my head but if i condense it down to a few 'cheat sheets' then the core of this work will be retained I think.
Some humour and reads well as one man's 'notes' to another. if you are a beginning like me highly recommend. Can't really comment about whether a pro or semi pro will get value. As another point of view i imagine its worth the price of admission.
I also suggest listening to his poker talks on YouTube, covers some of the same material but in more depth.
My only caveat this is really useful for beginners and intermediates. If you've been playing at a high level for years you probably won't learn that much new.
He breaks down complex information into understandable chunks and recommends a somewhat aggressive style of poker.
I have also read his other little books (blue, yellow etc) and recommend them all. And I don't say that about any other poker writer today, except maybe Dan Harrington for tournament poker. And I have read 20-30 poker books on this site up to 10 times each.
If you are a good but not great player, or just starting out, pick up this book, it will save you years of learning the hard way.. (By losing)
Even if you are an advanced player you will learn something from this book by learning to keep your game simple yet effective.
P.S. If you are interested in some other form of poker than NL Holdem, then this book is not for you..
Much like the game of hold 'em itself, this book is deceptive in its simplicity, but amazingly sophisticated underneath the surface. Advice on proper poker play cannot get much easier than this; and best of all, the advice Gordon presents is apt to be particularly effective against the sort of average home-game and online players you're likely to face. Gordon keeps it simple and tells you what you need to know: when to play it aggressive, when to consider slowplaying, what errors to avoid and what odds you need to weigh (without bogging the reader down in overwrought mathematical theory). This is a book by a poker player for other poker players, and is never overly dry or academic in its approach. Your eyes will never glaze over reading the "Little Green Book," and you may, in fact, finish it in a couple of days. Then you'll have to think about it for the rest of your poker career!
The only problem I see in this book is that Gordon tends to advocate too much of a straightforward, consistent type of play (always raise if you think you have the best hand, fold if you think you're beat, and call if you're not sure). The discussion on bluffing, semi-bluffing, and trapping strategy could stand to be a little more fleshed out. But readers can get some of that from experience and/or other books, particularly the Harrington series. This book will at least help you avoid making eggregious errors and with proper table experience to back up your study, this might very well be enough to make you an above average player.
I'd also recommend The Poker Tournament Formula and Poker Tips that Pay: Expert Strategy Guide for Winning No Limit Texas Hold em for readers that are looking beyond the Harrington series.