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How to Be a Poker Player Audiobook

How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    MJ Garza 06-22-14
    MJ Garza 06-22-14
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    "Incredible Bridge from Cognitive Biases to Poker"
    Where does How to Be a Poker Player rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "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.


    What about Haseeb Qureshi’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Arturo 04-10-15
    Arturo 04-10-15
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    "Not what you will expect"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 07-09-14
    Robin 07-09-14
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    "Buy This Book and Listen 100 times"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Poker Player?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rand 05-30-14
    Rand 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpectedly Surprised!!!"

    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.

    Well Done!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jersey Guy II 04-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Becoming One with Poker"
    If you could sum up How to Be a Poker Player in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What other book might you compare How to Be a Poker Player to and why?

    To date, I haven't found a book similar to this one.


    What about Haseeb Qureshi’s performance did you like?

    His use of sayings, quotes, and clear speech.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I have learned much and still have much to learn...


    Any additional comments?

    IMO, this is a great book on poker.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MCV 08-20-16
    MCV 08-20-16
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    "The Author should not have narrated."
    If you could sum up How to Be a Poker Player in three words, what would they be?

    Get physical book.


    What didn’t you like about Haseeb Qureshi’s performance?

    His voice is far too soft. That is really the only problem. The audio is all clear and well articulated. The only problem is that is voice his very soft and soothing. He would do well guiding a meditation. But his gentle voice made it easy for my mind to wander off in search of something for more engaging.


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    Amazon Customer 08-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "thought provoking"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Poker Player?

    I came across Haseeb via his blog on his transition from a poker player and to a software engineer at Airbnb. And I have read his whole blog on coding and I have decided to purchase his book on poker because I think his thought is deeply philosophical.

    I know how to play poker but not at a professional level, and I have no intention to be a poker player and I would say I can get out half of his book. I will need to re-listen (or get better at poker) before I can provide a more concrete review but I would still say this book is very thought provoking.

    Edmund


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    Daniel 06-17-16
    Daniel 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Changed to way I will view poker theory"

    This book had plenty of filler that may be helpful for some or be helpful to me at a different point in my poker life, however for now, the pieces written on poker theory were, for me at this point in my poker cycle, very thought invoking. It shed some light on to concepts and thought processes I've never thought of before. I hope to be able to build on these ideas and become more proficient at the game faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thanh N. 03-25-16
    Thanh N. 03-25-16
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    "Wow!"

    I drive 45 minutes to the casino one way so im on the road for 1.5 hours and wanted to fill that time with something productive. Ive listened to this audio book over five times now and learn something new still. Lots of areas of theory and,best of all, self reflection. Can i really make it as a poker player? Maybe. This book makes you really take stalk of yourself. Probably best to have a few years of grinding it out before diving into this one! Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herbert 03-04-16
    Herbert 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, Not for the beginner"

    Good book, Not for beginners.. Good insights into how to manage your life even if you don't play poker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jeffrey
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    10/4/14
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    "Warning, this is not for the average poker player"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was written for professionals or high caliber players. I just could not follow it and stopped listening.


    What could Haseeb Qureshi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Realise that most listeners are not professional players


    What character would you cut from How to Be a Poker Player?

    Seriously....this question does not apply


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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