- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781402729638
- ISBN-13: 978-1402729638
- ASIN: 1402729634
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,693,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winning Texas Hold'em: Cash Game Poker Strategies for Players of All Skill Levels Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Maroon is a very articulate thinker and covers a lot of ground in this book. He explains some complex and subtle ideas in very clear, simple language. The section on short handed play is EXCELLENT and is worth the price of the book alone- especially for someone like me who only plays 6 max tables on the internet. His sections on expectation, pot odds, standard deviation, bankroll requirements, playing after the flop, moving up in limits, playing for a living, plugging leaks etc are all excellent as well and all this information is communicated in a very conversational, easily understandable way. The book is also presented in a unique way with colored diagrams and an aesthetically pleasant layout.
There are very few hand examples in this book but I think that's a good thing. I find sample hands really boring to read and would much rather get to work on understanding the conceptual ideas and considerations behind a given play than read hand examples. Maroon seems to me to be a great poker strategist and his recommendations seem well thought out and I imagine they would be very effective. I'm not surprised he has enjoyed the level of success that he has given that he obviously possesses such a deep understanding of the game of limit hold 'em.
This is probably not the ideal choice for a beginning poker player (although they would be far better off reading something like this than say, Phil Hellmuth's lunacy), I would say intermediate and advanced players will benefit more from this book. I highly recommend it and consider it a shame that the publishers were so careless in the printing of this book because in doing so they have really tarnished a great piece of work.
If this book didn't contain the mistakes it does I suspect it would be on the "must read" list of most players.
On the negative side, aspects of the book feel like a rush job. The subtitle is misleading, there are problems with the odds charts at the back and the hand rankings at the front are only about half right. Furthermore I would not recommend this as a first book on poker, despite the subtitle indicating that it's "for all skill levels". It explains poker from a more top-down perspective, and while there are some hand examples there are a lot fewer than in other books on limit hold'em.
Overall I enjoyed the book as well as found it useful. I recommend this to anyone playing low to middle limit hold'em. The price is definitely right and if you win even one pot using the strategies and concepts here then your purchase is +EV.
This is a fantastic book for all skill levels; exactly what the book propositions. This book should really take over from Lee Jones's "Winning Low Limit Holdem" as the complimentary book to go with "Small Stakes Hold Em" by Ed Miller. Matt explains all the basic concepts, and goes into the psychology part and reading opponents hands quite well. He doesn't bombard you with math that hardly ever used on the run; instead he merely makes you aware of what kind of thinking goes on at the poker table, and how to use that to make your best judgement. The psychology concepts would work very nicely with SSHE's value concepts. One of my fears about most twoplustwo books, is although they're juicey with information, is that they try to turn players into machines. If a + b = c then do d kind of thinking. Matt opens it up a bit, giving players a sense of individuality, which I really like.
So what about advanced players like me? All the concepts are pretty basic for us, and nothing you wouldn't find in most other books, although Matt puts on a slightly different spin, so its not a bad read for us looking to 'get back to basics'. The real gem is the Short handed section. I really dislike this section, because now there's finally a book teaching people how to play properly, and I'm not going to be making any money! But in terms of knowledge, this sections is wonderfull for moving into short handed. Gives you some ideas about how to play, why Short handed is different, and how to handle aggression. Read this alongside Sklanksy's "Advanced Hold Em", and you'll be well eqiuped to tackle this tough game.
Matt also hammers home about bluffs. Bluffing, although overused by idiot players, is underused by smart players. He proposes using psychology, varying play slightly, and exploiting the situation to drag home more pots. For more advanced players, its a great refresher course. Hell, some good players never apply these concepts, and its to the detriment of their own game.
So to conclude, great book, something for everyone, very much worth the value. Ok, its editing is a little bit amatuer, the hand grading chapter is wrong at the start, and its format isn't so much a resource, but all the information is very good and the book is cheap as hell (and looks nice too). I recommend it!