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)
So much to absorb, so much to comprehend. If you like advanced concepts broken down in to bite size meals then this is the book for you. just be prepared to have to read it multiple times to take it all in.
The New Testament.
If Doyle Brunson is credited for having wrote the poker bible than Annie Duke wrote the new testament. I want to keep this book to myself and hide it from the rest of the world.
My favorite thing about "Decide" is the main point Annie drives home throughout the book. Poker is a game of decision making under conditions of uncertainty.
Annie explains in depth how she makes decisions easier for herself and harder for her competition.
If Annie Duke writes a 2nd book and I'm still using Audible I will buy it.
Anne Duke has no problem telling it like it is. She is very informative on how she thinks at the table. overall very helpful for those that want a guide line to a higher level of thinking at the table
I am inspired by the beautiful women, girls, and men who I’ve met over the years that lack the self-esteem to recognize their own beauty.
There are some great ideas here. I have a different view of why some things work at the table.
Like most poker books, this is a book that needs illustrations and so does not work in audio book format. For 20 min I can concentrate and it is interesting but after a while it is just a narrator naming off cards. "Let say you hold ace queen suited and the flop comes 7 of hearts 3 of diamonds and king of hearts". . . blah blah blah for many many hours. Really can everyone else focus that well that they can see all this in their head in hour two of this book? I just fall asleep.
Really your kidding right?
Buy the paper version.
Really was an immediate game changer for me. Could have done without the attempts at humor, but the poker information was top notch. I had a dramatic improvement in my game. This book is not for someone who's brand new at the game, but huge for amateurs who want to really take that next step.
Do you love poker?
If the answer is yes then and only then listen to this book. LYou should have a firm grasp of the game of no limit holdem before you even think about getting this book. At times it can be very dry, but if you're committed to the game then you will be willing to endure the tedious nature of the book.
Teaches you how to think instead of rules to always follow like beginner books. Just be prepared to listen through the whole thing at least twice. Not the best narration but is to be expected when read by author.
annie duke was good,
poker education very good,
enjoyed it ,
would listen to it more than 3-4 times,
"Surprise! One of the best poker books I have read"
I have been playing poker live and online for a few years and I have read all the basics (Harrington, Gordon, Sklansky). I want to improve, stop making mistakes and better understand the game. I have been looking for more contemporary books that acknowledge the way the game has changed, are not just retrofit strategy or ego trips and move on from the basics e.g. Gordon Gold which I recommend if you want to get ranges. This book is everything Duhamel's book is not, intelligent, practical, unemotional, well reasoned and well structured. It has already helped my game although Ms Duke is right that some of the techniques feel a little odd at times and you often want to revert to your old game - resist! For those tennis players it is like a coach trying to change your serve from something that usually gets the ball in but doesn't win many points, to a real weapon that wins you games. As soon as the coach isn't there you slip back into old ways, especially when under pressure. Use the practice drills at the end of the book and stick at it.
As a Brit, Ms Duke's voice and style are a little irritating at first but get through that and you will start to enjoy the conversational approach and occasional suspect language.
"Good listen, but know your poker terms first"
As I always say, a book read by the author is worth getting. This is no exception. Passionate about the subject, Annie offers help to those who want to know more about how top poker players think. Only problem was that she used too many poker terms without explaining what they meant that made the story hard to follow. I did come a way with a few "nuggets" I continue to use.
"I am sure some people will find it useful"
I am sure some people will find it useful. The narrator is annoying and the information is common sense. There are better books to spend your money on.
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