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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.
Any additional comments?
I was very impressed with Annie Duke's "Decide to play great poker."<br/><br/>I have read upward of 20+ books on poker, mostly before the online teaching sites came out. For my money the best book I ever read on poker was, and still is, Sklanski's "The theory of Poker." Mostly, because Sklanki is not trying to tell you how to play each hand, but rather how to think your way through a hand. Annie is very similar in her approach, and thus I would rank it right up their with "Theory." This is a very accesable book for those with a poker background, and Annie writes well in a very conversational tone.<br/><br/>I would liken Annie's book to a decision model that I used to put together to organize masses of information in law school to prepare for a test, or a logic flow chart a programmer may put together to understand a piece of software she is working on. Annie tries to analyze many situations you may encounter such as Top pair in position with the lead, vs. one oppenent. She discusses what you do, and more importantly WHY? The answer to the why question is so important, because this allows you to adjust her advice to the way your particular oppent(s) is playing under the situation she has analyzed in the book.<br/><br/>For example, if she gives you some advice to raise with top pair on a bord of A77, because someone who has three of a kind is not likely to bet out in fear of losing a customer, if you know your opponent is caplable of betting out with the set you may decide to play differently. Just an example of the cocept, not of her particluar advice.<br/><br/>Her style of talking about poker is her biggest strength. She speaks about general situations you will face, and that makes it easier to apply than the replay of a specific hand you get in ohter books. <br/><br/>Example: she might say you have either top two pair or a set on a board like A92 three different suits, and then go through how you would play from different spots against different player(s). As opposed to other authors who give you A9 and say a flop specifically Ac 2h 9s. Then you extract the general message and try to determine what kind of other hands that may apply to. Both styles have hteir merrits, but it is an interesting teaching style.<br/><br/>The best things I found in the book, and their are many good things to choose from, are her discussion about suited cards (over rated), and how she thinks trough many situations, and demonstrates that often the best play is the same whether your oppopnent has the high end of his/her range or the low end, making your decision much easier than you would have thought. Her discussion of starting hands, and pre flop raise sizing are close seconds to the discussions above.<br/><br/>If I had one complaint, and it really isn't much of one, it would be more Annie, give me more similar analysis of more situations. Though poker is a game with infinint situations, many similar situatins repeat themselves over and over again. She covers a great deal of those common situtations, but I would love to see more explained in future work. (Are you listenining Annie?)<br/><br/>As forthe audio experience vs book form, I recomend hte audio for this work, because it makes you work more yourself. You have to listen closely, and put yourself at th table, in the position and witht he holding type she describes. This mirrors the the type of concetration it tkes tothink at the table.<br/><br/>As I tweeted Annie a few weeks ago, the book changed the questions I ask myself when I am in a hand.<br/><br/>
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If you could sum up Decide to Play Great Poker in three words, what would they be?
Substance, Execution, Non-filler.
What did you like best about this story?
Not a story.
What does John Vorhaus and Annie Duke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Made me no longer hate Annie.
Any additional comments?
I bought this audio book, not expecting much. Most, if not all of the poker literature by famous poker players is junk, with lots of fluff and self adulation. Being the poker junkie I am, I went ahead and downloaded it. Right from the start Annie jumps into discussing theory and concepts of the game in a way that shows what can only be the mind of not only a good player but a great teacher who's sole purpose was to put out a great product. And it is. A lot of
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Where does Decide to Play Great Poker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I can't really compare them. This is a strategy book whereas my others are for pure enjoyment of the story.
Did Annie Duke do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
There really are no characters in this book, but I will say that I believe Annie's narration of this book was really too fast. I had to rewind it constantly to allow the concepts of what was being said to really "soak in." She obviously knows this stuff so well that she doesn't have to think about it, but for those of us listening to this book we need it a little slower. Otherwise we probably wouldn't have purchased the book in the first place. Now, don't get me wrong, I still loved this book and it was worth all the rewinding I had to do. But, just wish she had slowed down.
Any additional comments?
Good Good Book. If you are interested in thinking about how to play No-Limit Hold'em on a deeper conceptual level, this is a great book to use.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Decide to Play Great Poker? What did you like least?
There are some great ideas here. I have a different view of why some things work at the table.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
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.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Really your kidding right?
Any additional comments?
Buy the paper version.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book could have dove into a few deeper topics about poker, but it stayed true to more basic concepts of the game. The book offered inspiration while refreshing some of those concepts, and that is probably where the book is most valuable. If you're a poker player who already knows a bit about the mechanics of your game, you would like this book to give you a refresher and maybe a boost in confidence about what decisions you make with poker. All in all, it's great game strategy review for poker players, as well as a refresher to thinking about the game.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Decide to Play Great Poker the most enjoyable?
Annie Duke explains her thinking and what she thinks her opponents might be thinking about in a wide range of situations.
What other book might you compare Decide to Play Great Poker to and why?
Harrington's books, for the thoughts behind the play
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What would have made Decide to Play Great Poker better?
Annie's voice is unbearably annoying. That alone makes this book a pain to listen to. Information is not original, generalized and nothing I did not know before...
Would you recommend Decide to Play Great Poker to your friends? Why or why not?
No, get Sklansky, and think on your own
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Annie Duke?
ANYONE, Elmo from Sesame Street would have been better. Miley Cyrus with her alcoholic voice, anyone.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Decide to Play Great Poker?
The first 3 chapters written by Captain Obvious.
Any additional comments?
No, I am tired already
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, maybe in text but in audio format it's too hard to follow the many many many hands she describes.
A must read book if you want to be a better poker player
Just solid all the way through. Really good book for someone that knows general concepts.
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.
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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.