Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always "it depends." That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer. Poker is a game of so many variables; table position, flop texture, the number of players in a hand, the personalities of your opponents, and so much more. Decide to Play Great Poker teaches you how to identify and analyze those variables, interchange them within basic game-situation templates, and become knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident in any poker situation. Instead of just dictating a bunch of rules that work only some of the time, this book teaches you to become a great poker thinker and strategist so that you can expertly navigate any poker challenge you encounter. Most players think the goal of poker is to make money. They're wrong! The goal of poker is to make good decisions. Money is simply the way you measure how well you're meeting that objective. So if you're ready to start making world-class decisions at the poker table - and to reap the substantial rewards that those decisions will yield - all you have to do is decide: Decide to Play Great Poker now. You'll never be vexed by "it depends" again.
©2011 Annie Duke and John Vorhaus (P)2011 Spoken Word Inc
"Annie is the rare player who not only plays well but is also an amazing teacher. She and John Vorhaus have closed an important gap in poker lit by writing about the art of poker, not the mechanics. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to take their game to its peak." (Erik Seidel, All-time tournament-poker money leader)
When I started listening to this book, it was like a veil being lifted from my eyes. It became so obvious that the path I'd taken would never make me a better player. I wasn't thinking ahead at all. I wasn't trying to figure out what hand(s) the opponents could be having as I thought it was impossible to figure out. Without some idea of this outs and pot odds make almost no sense. So what if you make your hand and have no clue that your opponent had you all along. You raised on the flop, he called. Called all the way to the river and then raised all-in. What on earth did you think he had? Your 67 made the flush on the turn but do you really think the tight player calling you has nothing?!
Anyways. So far I have been reading the first 5 chapters over and over again because they are important for me to understand. It has totally changed the game for me. It has changed from being any other kind of gambling to a game of skill and thrill. The book won't make you a better player but it will give you the tools to practice the decision making and thereby making less errors. You will start to not care that much about results but more about if you made the right decision. If you made the right decision you will win in the long run. Knowing you made the right decision makes you smile. Well, it makes me smile even if I lost the hand. Looking back for errors. None. Smiling. Next time you'll play it the exactly same way and win.
If you have to have the best hand to win, you won't make it in poker.
No. I haven't finished it yet. I have been rereading the first 5 chapters over and over again to fully understand and absorb its content.
Its all about decisions.
Annie Duke explains her thinking and what she thinks her opponents might be thinking about in a wide range of situations.
Harrington's books, for the thoughts behind the play
Very good poker book. This book must be read several times and studied in great detail. It breaks down poker situations in great detail and with great mathematical poker correctness. It presents a huge amount of detail to follow and retain. I have read it twice now and have the hardcopy also. I have yet to fully absorb any section and think I must break it down and take good notes (I plan to study each section at a time and try to incorporate it into my play). This might condense the dizzingly huge amount of detail. Still I would say that absorbing and fully understanding this book will make anyone a very good poker player (if not a great one) - it will not be easy. So I will work very hard on this one. Keep thinking that the authors should have made a huge effort to boil the book down to essentials only - no unnecessary comments, present a concept in the simplest way possible, go over each sentence and paragraph and eliminate everything not absolutely required. I think the book would then be 20% thinner and still say the same thing. Still a must have book for poker players who want to improve.
I Haven't read the print version of this book, but to listen to it was like having a friend of yours tell you exactly what you've been doing wrong and how to correct them. Not only just tell you, but explain clearly to you until you understand.
The whole of the experience was awesome. I hope one day I'll be able to hold this book in my hand while I'm accepting a WSOP bracelet!
Very personable, very clear. Not just a monotone read, loved it.
I appreciate the fact that I tweeted to Annie and she actually responded, makes me feel like she really cares about what she does. She's very good at teaching and is now my favorite poker pro.
I have not read the print version, but it would definitely be a beneficial complement to the audio edition. Annie Duke makes great points, but some of the statistical information is difficult to follow in an audio format. I like to truly understand what is being said about the stat's. She also continues to underscore that staying with suited connectors, unless they are big cards, is not wise. I am not sure about this advice, as she seems to be saying to dump them every time. The audio version is very long(10 hours).
Annie's intonation definitely underscores her beliefs and advice and you wouldn't get the drama if you were reading her advice.
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