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Decide to Play Great Poker Audiobook

Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-limit Texas Hold Em

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael 10-22-15
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    "Pleasantly Perfect"

    The information is valuable. Perfect for where I'm at in poker right now. Annie Duke's voice and delivery is pleasant and soothing. I could listen to her read the phone book.

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    Jackalope 10-20-15
    Jackalope 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I believe Annie Duke is a genuis."
    If you could sum up Decide to Play Great Poker in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Annie explains in depth how she makes decisions easier for herself and harder for her competition.


    Any additional comments?

    If Annie Duke writes a 2nd book and I'm still using Audible I will buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David A Vogel Jr 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A lot of great information into how pros think."

    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

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    Paul 07-25-15
    Paul 07-25-15
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    "quans review"

    it's very clear concise and informative giving a unique perspective on playing poker it comes from a format of not telling you what to do but how best to do it and why

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    Steven G. 04-05-15
    Steven G. 04-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Poker Book I've Read."

    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.

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    Tknyc 03-23-15
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    "Informative and technical"

    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.

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    K. Ferrell 01-19-15
    K. Ferrell 01-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great to get to next level"

    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.

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    M. Forehand Avondale, PA USA 04-20-13
    M. Forehand Avondale, PA USA 04-20-13

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    "It finally is sticking!!! THANKS!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Decide to Play Great Poker the most enjoyable?

    I had read this book before, reading bits and pieces here and there. I thought I was applying it in my play, but I was doing it totally incorrectly and - more importantly - inconsistently. However, I knew enough to recognize that there was something there that was missing from my game that I hadn't learned from the many other poker books I've read.

    So - in order to try to really learn it, I downloaded the audiobook version and started listening every day during my commute. I am now into my third listen, and I'm still learning and getting better. My tournament results have sky-rocketed, helped no doubt by a healthy dose of winning races in key spots. This audiobook has paid for itself about 400-500X by my estimate.

    However - and WAY more importantly - I am 1000% more comfortable at the table and positive of the moves I make. This confidence is contagious and helps me to project a much more scary table image and get way more respect. No longer am I picked on as the weak-tight fish just hoping to make it into the money. I recently won my first tourney in the local card room, and one of the players in the final 3 told me "I had a feeling early on that it would be me and you in it to the end."

    This book had not only made me a better poker player, but it's made me a happier poker player. Now that is a good poker book.


    What other book might you compare Decide to Play Great Poker to and why?

    The only other book that I have found is key for a very beginning player is Dan Harrington's series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The advice on pre-flop raising and not playing suited connectors gave me the most immediate improvement.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - but I do hear Annie's voice in my head when I'm at the table some times. I guess that's kinda weird.


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    Kevin chico, CA, United States 10-18-12
    Kevin chico, CA, United States 10-18-12
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    "THE REAL DEAL"
    Where does Decide to Play Great Poker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THE BEST POKER BOOK OUT THERE - AMAZING INSIGHT


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    IT MADE ME CONFIDENT IN MY LINES OF PLAY - AND I NO LONGER CRY WHEN I LOSE - FOR REASONS GIVEN IN THIS BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    I WAS AN AVERAGE EXPERIENCED PLAYER BEFORE READING THIS BOOK, LOSING MORE THAN I WAS WINNING,STRUGGLING TO RISE ABOVE THE COMPETITION, BUT HOPEFUL MY "LUCK" WOULD CHANGE. AFTER LISTENING TO THIS AUDIOBOOK MY BANKROLL HAS RISEN 10 FOLD AND I AM A MUCH BETTER PLAYER,IT PATCHED UP MANY HOLES IN MY GAME. YOU WILL NEED TO BE ATTENTIVE AND LISTEN MANY, MANY TIMES TO FULLY GRASP THIS WINNING STYLE OF POKER, BUT IT WORKS AND MY HAT'S OFF TO ANNIE DUKE, VERY IMPRESSIVE! ( 78suited not so attractive anymore...lol)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Wayne, NJ, United States 10-03-12
    Jack Wayne, NJ, United States 10-03-12
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    "Awsome for poker players of any level"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Decide to Play Great Poker to be better than the print version?

    Do not have print version, but Annie's narration is great, so much more real


    What did you like best about this story?

    Makes you understand the game, not just memorizing things


    What does Annie Duke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Annie makes you feel like she is talking to you and makes things feel real


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

    Hey, it is a poker book, not romance novel


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it for players wanting to improve

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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