What does it take to be a great poker player?
It's no secret that masters of poker think differently than ordinary people. In this truly groundbreaking audiobook, Haseeb Qureshi, retired world-class high stakes poker pro and instructor, takes you on a journey of rediscovering the game of poker from the inside out. He explores the depths of strategy, psychology, and philosophy within poker, and teaches you his uniquely scientific perspective on approaching the game.
Whether you've seen all the guides and want to take your game to the next level, or whether you're an amateur wanting to learn what it's all about, this game-changing audiobook is a must-listen. In the words of WPT World Champion David Williams, "An absolute requirement for anyone serious about poker."
©2013-2014 Haseeb Qureshi (P)2014 Haseeb Qureshi
"How to Be a Poker Player" ranks number two, not just among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far, but among every book I've ever read or listened to. The only audiobook/book I enjoyed more than Haseeb's is the 2002 Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman's Thinking: Fast and Slow. Not bad for only getting beat by a Nobel Prize winner.
I feel that most of the time when an audiobook is read by its author, the emphases tend to be a little too dramatic, and the author comes off a little too forceful. However, just like his 3betting range on the river, Haseeb's reading performance is perfectly balanced. His calm voice is patient, informative, and caring. His writing style is neither patronizing nor narcissistic, and this comes through in his voice.
Most if not all of Haseeb's conclusions and inferences in this book impacted not just my poker game but my life as well. His insights are vast, and his explanations are easily grasped.
I would highly recommend this audiobook/kindle book to any poker player. Players of all experience levels could benefit from Haseeb's one of a kind book on "How to Be a Poker Player".
This was a fantastic book, but for different reasons than other poker books. Haseeb does not waste time discussing every aspect of poker theory. Instead he focused on how to program yourself to develop into a high level player; which includes everything from lifestyle design to the many overlooked nuances of gambling for a living. This book has changed my life and made me realize that playing poker is actually not my passion and that by continuing on my path I'm only hurting myself and others. It does not fit my lifestyle design. But this will not be the case for everyone of course. If you have any intention of playing poker seriously I recommend this book to you and I suggest that you be very honest with yourself as you absorb the content. If poker is for you than this book can become your bible. If not, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and pain for having read this. Best of luck to everyone.
Let me first start by saying I am not a poker player, although I do love to watch and play the game recreationally. Further, I passed over this book several times because I had never heard of the author, and was unsure of his experience.
What surprised me about this book was the high level applications of neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and learning principles being used within the profession of poker. And even though the author didn't explicitly use any "lean" or "agile" business analogies, he implied throughout that the most effective players seek continuous improvement through the processes of honest self-evaluation and isolated experiments; with the goal of obtaining validated learning.
I don't think I have read a better "real world" application of the afore mentioned subjects so adeptly intertwined into a simple and understandable narrative. The author's focus is never self directed. Instead he provides a brutally honest look at what it takes to be a successful poker player; not just for a singular event, but for the entirety of a career.
Lastly, I was introduced to a few new neuroscience topics. As a self proclaimed neuro-geek with a library largely comprised of books related to this field, I never expected to come away from a poker book with these new valuable nuggets. My initial concern about the author's credentials was overwhelmingly placated. Even though I know slightly more about the author after having read this book, I can say at a minimum, he demonstrates an intellect equivalent to other authors I have read whose careers are entirely based in neuroscience.
I recently read Kaneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, and was possessed with the idea that much of the content MUST apply to my poker game. Haseeb made those connections and more, exploding all of the reasons I have failed to be a winning player in the past and providing tools to rewrite my own narrative.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to anyone who wants to improve at poker, or simply better understand the workings of their own mind in a practical, applicable way.
Do we take the “Red” or “Blue” pill? Do we continue down the familiar path of memorizing probability tables and concocting inscrutable rules, or are we willing to take a gigantic leap of faith to see what was there all along?
The story is akin to mastering a karate move - realizing years later that what you thought you knew was only a shadow of the true meaning. If you are looking for a rule book on playing poker – this is not the book for you. But it you want to begin to learn about yourself and how to improve your game, I can highly recommend this story.
To date, I haven't found a book similar to this one.
His use of sayings, quotes, and clear speech.
I have learned much and still have much to learn...
IMO, this is a great book on poker.
I've been a poker player over 20 years now, that said I know I'm very much an amateur. I've made plenty of efforts to improve, I've watched videos, watched the WSOP, High Stakes Poker, lots of interviews, documentaries, played free poker, online for money, in person with friends, at bars and at casinos and of course read and listen to books on poker. This one got a high rating on Audible and sounded different, so I gave it a try.
This is a different kind of poker book. There is not a lot in terms of hand analysis, tournament tips, figuring out value bets and other strategies. What is here is an overall guide in how poker players think and act both at the table and away from it. I did a minor in Philosophy at university and I haven't read a book on it in a long time, so I appreciated all the tips he gives on being healthier and productive both as a poker player and overall as a human being.
To be honest the one chapter that he does get really technical with stuff like expected value and betting patterns, I found that despite all my knowledge and experience (which I'll admit isn't huge as their isn't a casino where I live) it went way over my head and got very complicated. Haseeb does give a warning before the chapter though and says that this part if for experienced players (which I thought I was).
In terms of the production, excellent sound quality and the author has a great speaking voice. It's always nice to have an author read their own material and it often feels at time that it's just Haseeb chatting with you rather than a book (which is a good thing!). I'm a slow listener and it took me months to get through this but that certainly doesn't mean the book was too long.
While I found most of his advice excellent (I should get back into meditating) I am forced to disagree with him on an the end. He says that if you have never been obsessed with poker than you will never be a poker player and that you should, in fact, quit! I suppose he could mean I'll never be a professional poker player and that I'll admit it true. Still I think this is a serious flaw, I'd bet 80-90% who read his book will never turn pro, so he is effectively trying to discourage people from playing poker at all. He doesn't know me and as poker is just a hobby for me (and will remain so) it has no negative effect on my family, social life, marriage or bank account, I have never had a problem quitting when I'm down.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy this book, for the most part I really did. He also gives great tips on dealing with downswings, managing your bankroll, dealing with tilt (both yourself and other players) and how to get in the right mindset to play poker. I do, however, don't think there's anything wrong with playing poker and having the goal of winning money. Yes you're supposed to be enjoying the game but, for me anyway, I enjoy it a lot more when I'm winning. So I do recommend this book to anyone who is serious about poker, though perhaps skipping the chapter on expected value, just be prepared to take parts of it with a grain of salt. This is one of the best poker books I've listened to and I will even be contacting the author (as he asked everyone to). I was really fascinated when he got into a discussion about happiness and money. The fact that most lotto winners (like 80%) lose are their money within a few years and become miserable is both sad and fascinating. I agree with him that there is certainly a point where money (if you have enough to not even work) has no meaning and is no longer your goal in life (by that I mean you need it to travel, pay bills, look after your spouse/family). There certainly is the trap that someone who has money only wants more and can never truly be happy. I agree that within reason you should be happy with what you have (not discarding ambition) rather than always wanting more. This book is suitable for any age but unless you are some kind of poker savant, I would say ages 25+ just because you need to play a lot of poker to get the most of out this.
Way more insights into life, learning and the way we learn, than just another book about poker. Could not recommend more highly, even to non poker players.
Really good. Very easy to listen to but was not what I was expecting from this book, but in a good way.
It made me seriously question my motivations for wanting to play poker. It also surprisingly made me reflect on other aspects of my life and why I am motivated to do them.
Easy to listen to. Delivered in a way that is not too rushed and allows you to digest points,
I will be thinking seriously about my motivations for playing and whether I want to invest further energy into poker.
Only thing I warn on is the lifestyle section and some of the things said come across as authoritative which is not necessarily the case. But i guess this happens with every book or perceived expert. Question everything.
"Warning, this is not for the average poker player"
This book was written for professionals or high caliber players. I just could not follow it and stopped listening.
Realise that most listeners are not professional players
Seriously....this question does not apply
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