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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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    Cora Keegan 06-14-15
    Cora Keegan 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This should not be an audio book"
    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    W. C. Davidson Atlanta, GA 02-04-14
    W. C. Davidson Atlanta, GA 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Conceptual Poker! Not rules for poker!! Awesome!"
    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
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    G. SHAENAN 10-07-13
    G. SHAENAN 10-07-13
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    "Bunch of regurgitated Sklansky"
    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

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-03-17
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wanted to like it but it's not great in audio form"
    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.


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    prajwol bhandari 07-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing narrator
    Amazing content
    A must read book if you want to be a better poker player

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    Justin Witte 04-04-17
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    "best poker book ive read yet"

    Just solid all the way through. Really good book for someone that knows general concepts.

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    Amazon Kunde 12-30-16
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    "Epic content, bit outdated"

    Very good to get a solid game. Use this book as a base and go to but try to add on the newer strategies like overbets for example. Hard to follow the pace at times but great stuff overall.

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    lizmari Fort Collins, CO United States 06-06-16
    lizmari Fort Collins, CO United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid advice, fantastic narration"
    What did you love best about Decide to Play Great Poker?

    What I loved best about this audiobook is Annie's reading of it. I could get the same information (all fantastic) from reading the print version, but Annie does an excellent job of narrating, and she's funny too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I really like about this book is that Annie Duke makes it clear that, while there are definitely guidelines that give you an advantage over your opponents, there is no "always do this" advice; From the first few lines, she makes it clear that poker is extremely context-dependent, so that you will likely play the same two cards differently depending on position, pot size, and your opponents. Her philosophy is rooted strongly in game theory, and perhaps because I know a bit of game theory from an animal behavior perspective, her ideas made complete sense to me. I am still a very novice poker player, but I feel that not only was this book easy to comprehend, it was also easy for me to try to put into practice much of her advice. And in case you are wondering, here are the first few lines of the first chapter, with the section titled: "The First Rule is There are No Rules." "Study the following chart of starting hands very carefully. Did you notice that there's no chart? Good." Rather than focusing on what exactly to do in specific situations, Annie tries to prepare you to know how to make good decisions, regardless of the situation, and she does it with humor and intelligence.


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

    The most laugh-out-loud moment in the book... The scenario: you have AQo, multiway pot, in position, you bet pre-flop from the button, get four callers, and a bet on the flop gets you to three players when the turn card comes out, and player A bets on the turn... "With a hand like AQ on an A-9-3-x board, you're basically hoping that player A has lost his mind and bet into two players on the turn with AJ or worse and that B has somehow managed to call with AJ or worse. That seems unlikely at best. Obviously, the looser (or drunker) the players, the greater likelihood that this mass insanity has taken place."Annie's reading of this is hilarious and perfect. Another favorite part, that ends with a line that rings in my head when facing low suited connectors (in her example, the hand is 8(spades) 7(spades)... "The first thing I have to ask you is why are you playing this hand? If you're in early position and your answer is anything other than, "Because it's suited," you're kind of lying, because you know that if you held 8(spades) 7(hearts), you'd fold it like an origami swan, so that's that. Okay, maybe everyone folded to you in the cutoff and you raised. I'm down with that, totally. You could have also been forced into the hand in the blinds. I get that too. But anything other than those, especially from early position, and you're playing the hand because it's suited! Stop that! Now!"


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to listen to this book several times, and to rewind and listen to parts over again. It is certainly a lot of information to digest in audio format, with a constant barrage of hand and action descriptions. I have also found that listening, trying to implement advice, and then listening again (and again), allows me to have a greater understanding and appreciation for what Annie is saying in any given situation. Overall, a very enjoyably listen!

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    Brendan 05-17-16
    Brendan 05-17-16
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    "Absolutely loved it. I'll be re-reading it again."

    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.

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    Michael 10-22-15
    Michael 10-22-15 Member Since 2017
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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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    5/23/13
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jeffrey
    United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bushcraft For Kids
    UK
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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