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Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em | [Phil Gordon]

Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em

Phil Gordon plays poker with the best players in the world. He has won, and lost, in tournaments and cash games around the globe, all the while studying the game and learning from every hand dealt. It's a tough game. But anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and, perhaps most important, dedication to becoming a better player.
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Phil Gordon plays poker with the best players in the world. He has won, and lost, in tournaments and cash games around the globe, all the while studying the game and learning from every hand dealt. As the resident expert and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Phil has quickly become one of the most sought-after teachers of No Limit Texas Hold'em. It's a tough game. But anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and, perhaps most important, dedication to becoming a better player.

After fifteen years of keeping notes on the things he's learned, the greats he's played with, and the celebrities he's taught, Phil Gordon has poured every single thing he knows about No Limit Texas Hold'em into this little green book. Taking a page from Harvey Penick's bestselling book of golf wisdom, Phil plays the role of both teacher and student, offering up insightful tips on how to think about poker and how to develop a singular style of play. Through philosophy, psychology, strategy, math, and the knowledge gleaned from playing poker with everyone from T. J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey to Hank Azaria and Ben Affleck, Phil breaks down the game into enlightening instructional tidbits and illustrative anecdotes that inspire the kind of persistence and motivation necessary to improve your game.

A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.

©2005 Phil Gordon; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    william c thill 12-02-05 Member Since 2013
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    "A unique approach to teaching poker skills"

    I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up buying the actual book to understand the deeper issues more clearly. Phil Gordon is a good writer who helps the reader understand the right frame of mind to play no-limit poker. His advice is clear, but not simplistic. Most poker books will devote too much time to explaining details in the interest of completeness, but Phil devotes his words to reinforce the ideas and decisions that a new player should always remember. I am certianly a novice player, but his style and clarity has drawn me into learning much more about the game. His starting hands guide is one of the easiest to understand.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sherman Sacramento, CA 12-24-05
    J. Sherman Sacramento, CA 12-24-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great book!"

    I actually bought the book first and was completely impressed. Of course there is going to be too much stuff to remember (poker is a very complex game), so I decided to get the audio version so I could easily review the material whenever I get a chance. Every time I listen to this I manage to find some kind of hole in my game or a great nugget of information to exploit someone with. This is a truly great book that can be listened to over and over. I have read quite a few books on poker and in my opinion this is the next best thing to Harrington on Holdem (which would be impractical for audio).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Deerfield Beach, FL, USA 06-03-08
    Steven Deerfield Beach, FL, USA 06-03-08
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    "READ PHIL GORDON'S LITTLE GREEN BOOK AND WIN!"

    This is the first and foremost poker book (audio or otherwise) I would recommend for anyone playing at any level of poker! Phil Gordon's Little Green Book is chock-full of condensed, very valuable information. He touches on things you used to know, but forgot... he reinforces ideas you already had but were unsure of, and points you in new exciting directions all which are sure to greatly improve your game. I've read alot of poker books and most were full of nothing but a few good points here and there. This book has it all from start to finish. Read it (or listen) and win!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Richmond, VA, USA 02-26-06
    Douglas Richmond, VA, USA 02-26-06
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    "Helps Re-Evalutate Your Game"

    It reminds you that you must be aggressive. Good book to read/listen to every few months to remind you some stats. Helped me learn that hands I previously considered trash, are actually worth playing. Has improved my game dramatically. Good tournament strategy book. Recommneded for players who finish middle of the pack regularly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-08-06
    Kevin Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-08-06
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    "Phil Gordon's Little Green Book"

    I thought Phil Gordon's Little Green Book was very good. Altough it doesn't offer a lot of specific details on how to play your hand it does give a lot of practical information including: playing your hand preflop, postflop, on the tun and on the river, etc... Overall it was an interesting audio book. I would recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Friendswood, TX, USA 01-31-06
    Jimmy Friendswood, TX, USA 01-31-06
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    "Excellent learning tool!"

    If you want to learn No Limit Texas Holdem poker or improve your game, this is one of the books you will need to own. You may have see Phil on Bravo channel's Celebrity Poker describing the stars good, bad, or ugly play of the cards. He says that you can't play poker just by a chart because it's much more complex than black jack. He'll explain what to do and when to do it from each position at the table (under the gun, on the button, or in the big blind). He says he doesn't know everything about Texas Holdem and no one does. There's always something new to learn and you should develop your own style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Pinetop, AZ, United States 11-08-12
    John Pinetop, AZ, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "so complicated,it's like a foreign languageI doubt"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I doubt thats possible with this author


    Has Phil Gordon's Little Green Book turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am afraid so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    simpler, more practical language


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Phil Gordon's Little Green Book?

    I don't know where to begin


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the book is too advanced for me...a Texas Hold-em player of 30 years !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Wright 07-24-07
    Todd Wright 07-24-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Little gem"

    I found the book to be very helpful and surprisingly interesting, I say that because I'm not a big fan of Phil Gordons. The book was very informative, had a great pace. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-13-13
    Nathan HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-13-13
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    "One of the best"
    What did you love best about Phil Gordon's Little Green Book?

    Easy to comprehend and great lessons on the game. I had the book before purchasing the audio version to listen to on my commute. I will listen and re-listen to this book no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    Outside of Doyle Brunson's "Super System", this is my favorite poker book. By far the best poker book on Audible as of 12/2013.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donnie United States 09-10-12
    Donnie United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great bang for your book buck"
    If you could sum up Phil Gordon's Little Green Book in three words, what would they be?

    Concise. Entertaining. Profitable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discussing how you do not take your foot of the gas for friends or degenerate gamblers.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic little book and Gordon is very comfortable behind the mic. Great material and a great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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