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Poker For Dummies Paperback – April 24, 2000
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"....a readable introduction to all poker formats..." (Micro Mart, April 2006)
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- Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (April 24, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764552325
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764552328
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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If you're looking for a more useful poker book, just click on my reviews--I've got about 5-6 poker books I would recommend over this one. The Texas Hold'em Dummies book is much better.
Side note: the coauthor Lou Kriger has an excellent poker site Pokerology.com, where he goes into very specific detail on how to play winning poker.
Still, "Dummies" deconstructs money management myths, gives good advice re. when and why to keep or dump, and explains why calling is often worth the investment. Their take on bluffing was enlightening too, but watch it when playing your Wednesday night chums, a.k.a. people who don't know when they're beat.
It's a decent entryway with some good nuggets, but I'll refine them elsewhere.
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Unfortunately this book is :
a) Severely out of date, basically from 2000.
b) Not a lot of use to most people nowadays, even a total beginner.
c) Is completely useless for most current beginners, only interested
in no limit holdem and sit and go NLHE, nearly all advice regarding
HE is related to limit HE (useless for NL) and is simply fairly obvious.
d) Really doesn't explain much rationally.
e) Completely overeggs how much it will teach you, the answer
is not much, and you will be nowhere near grasping the subject.
f) No way using this book will you learn to understand poker.
It does contain stuff that is true, but doesn't explain it at all.
g) Its simply not worth buying unless you want to read about poker
legends and the "stars" of 1990's decade, the latter is very dull.
h) Has a chapter on bluffing that bears no relation to most
of the poker games it explains, you need to know a lot more
about poker than explained to understand this chapter.
i) Cheap update exploiting "Chris Moneymakers" 2003 WSOP win.
Basically avoid this book if you want anything other than light
(historical) entertainment. Most of it is pretty useless, unless
you know absolutely nothing about poker, but if you do it won't
really teach you that much, you'll have to go elsewhere to make
any sense of some of the advice, and understand its context.
Even very cheap, which is is now I can't reccommend it much.