March 2, 2007

Whats Black and Blue and Green and Read All Over?


Phil Gordon has put together a nice collection of little books to help guide you to upping your poker playing potential. All of you know that Phil is a world-class player, and he doesnt hold back in his set of books. You can get each one individually if you like, but we like this little box set on our library shelf.

The black book begins with the basics, but with some sound observations from the poker pro. Then the green book guides you into being a better player overall, with its methods for staying ahead and profitable. The blue book brings it home, helping you turn from amateur to pro. Deffinitely a must have in your poker library

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January 26, 2007

Why You Lose At Poker

Why You Lose

Why do you lose at poker?

Before you answer that question, think about this. There is no magic key that unlocks the door to poker. You might be able to pinpoint a leak or two in your game, but you may be surprised to find that there are many more lurking under the surface.

This book shows you the sixteen most common errors in poker, and how to avoid them. You will learn the keys to finding the leaks in your game and plugging them for good.

Stepping away from the table and watching others play incorrectly is the best path to understanding your own mistakes. You’ll learn why these errors are so bad, and why they cost you money over and over. Recognizing these errors in your own game can be painful, but the rewards of revealing them are well worth it.

If you’re ready to admit that you’d like to lose less and win more, then you need this book!

"Of all the guys in poker you've never heard of, Russ and Scott are two of the smartest. They are long-time winning poker players, and have done a great job of putting that knowledge into this book to help you become a better player. I believe this book will help make anybody who is willing to work at his game into a winning player."

This book sounds like the perfect way to identify those common pitfalls, and learn how to avoid them. Count us in! Check the book out at Amazon

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January 20, 2007

FBI Training to Read Tells?


Every great player knows that success in poker is part luck, part math, and part subterfuge. While the math of poker has been refined over the past 20 years, the ability to read other players and keep your own "tells" in check has mostly been learned by trial and error.

But now, Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis—or, to put it simply, a man who can tell when someone's lying—offers foolproof techniques, illustrated with amazing examples from poker pro Phil Hellmuth, that will help you decode and interpret your opponents' body language and other silent tip-offs while concealing your own. You'll become a human lie detector, ready to call every bluff—and the most feared player in the room.

Head over to Amazon to read more reviews and to pick it up yourself.

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January 3, 2007

The Mathematics of Poker


So you didn't get what you wanted this year? No problem, here's a book we KNOW you had on you wish list. The Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenman.

Here's the Publisher's Description:

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the bond an option markets were dominated by traders who had learned their craft by experience. They believed that there experience and intuition for trading were a renewable edge; this is, that they could make money just as they always had by continuing to trade as they always had. By the mid-1990s, a revolution in trading had occurred; the old school grizzled traders had been replaced by a new breed of quantitative analysts, applying mathematics to the "art" of trading and making of it a science.

Similarly in poker, for decades, the highest level of pokers have been dominiated by players who have learned the game by playing it, "road gamblers" who have cultivated intuition for the game and are adept at reading other players' hands from betting patterns and physical tells. Over the last five to ten years, a whole new breed has risen to prominence within the poker community. Applying the tools of computer science and mathematics to poker and sharing the information across the Internet, these players have challenged many of the assumptions that underly traditional approaches to the game. One of the most important features of this new approach is a reliance on quantative analysis and the application of mathematics to the game. The intent of this book is to provide an introduction to quantitative techniques as applied to poker and to a branch of mathematics that is particularly applicable to poker, game theory.

There are mathematical techniques that can be applied for poker that are difficult and complex. But most of the mathematics of poker is really not terribly difficult, and the authors have sought to make seemingly difficult topics accessible to players without a very strong mathematical background.

Sounds like just the thing to spend those Amazon gift cards on :)

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December 11, 2006

Easy Gift: Some Poker History

Today's easy gift is for that history buff / poker player you know. Sucker's Progress is a book that will tickle that player's brain like no other.


Here's the Editor's Review from Amazon:

"Originally published in 1938, Sucker's Progress is a complete look at old-time gamesmanship in America. From Midwestern riverboats to East Coast racetracks, Asbury explores the legal, and illegal, history of gambling in pre-World War I America. With a keen eye and acerbic voice, Asbury defines the world of gambling as one of "sharpers" and "suckers": those who excel at the games by cheating, and their victims. From notorious gambling havens like Chicago and New Orleans to lesser-known outposts in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio, Asbury examines the gambling houses, big and small, which peppered the American landscape. Also included are photographs and details of the lives of some of America's most famous gamblers, including Mike McDonald, John Morrissey, and Richard Canfield, as well as their infamous counterparts like "Canada Bill" and "Charley Black Eyes," who made their names as grifters and con men. Asbury also details the games these men played, describing the rules and origins of a number of dice and card games. From one-dollar lottery tickets to thousand-dollar poker antes, America's love of gambling thrives today, but it was during Asbury's era that gambling was established as an American passion."

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December 8, 2006

Easy Gift: Chip Tricks and Card Stunts

Chip Tricks

Boy have we got something special for you today! For that poker fan in your life that has EVERYTHING, here's something they will LOVE. Its a DVD of chip tricks that you can learn yourself, all explained and performed by Rich Ferguson.
Here's the Blurb:

"This DVD is packed with 20 of the hottest stunts and tricks you have seen on television or at a poker game - all explained in detail by Rich! You'll see tricks like Chip Shuffling, Pull Over, Sweep and more!! Also included are bonus tricks never been revealed to the public until now!"

Ok.. maybe it sounds a little over the top, but c'mon, how could it NOT rule!

And while you're at it, you can pick up the Card Stunts trainer too!

Card Stunts

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November 22, 2006

Easy Gift: Super System I and II

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Here's a pair of books that are sure to light up that poker player's eyes on Christmas Morning. Doyle Brunson's Super System and Super System 2. Doyle has been playing cards since those who love the current craze were just twinkles in their monthers' eyes. And his first Super System isn't knows as "The Bible" for nothing. it covers all kinds of poker games, and it will tell you all you ever wanted to know about the game of poker. Super System 2 is a more recent book, not quite as seminal of a read as the first, but still something the poker player in your life will love having in their collection.

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November 17, 2006

Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments

We've covered this book before but just finished reading it. Really good. The different play methods covered is excellent and it's well written. Give it a try.

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September 26, 2006

Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments

We like our Phil's ready to play and ready to be beat. This book will be a dangerous weapon in the poker world. A detailed strategy for future tournament-poker champions and for those of us who love to see Phil lose and lose big.

From Amazon Review:

The subtle beauty is that this approach can allow inexperienced or moderately experienced players to negate some of the skill edge veteran and expert players hold. This book is a detailed and expanded version of "The System" described in David Sklansky's "Tournament Poker for Advanced Players", which Sklansky designed to allow a complete novice to be competetive in a big buy in tournament.

Before "Kill Phil" was published many of the young, aggressive players were already using this type of approach with good success against the veteran tournament pros. It is an interesting strategy which if you don't know and understand will leave you behind against the rest of the players who do know it. I will go out on the proverbial limb here and predict that this book will become an instant classic and "must own" book in any players no limit tournament library. It is that good.

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September 12, 2006

High Stakes: A Tale of Vegas Vampires

Even we try to shake it up around here a bit - how about some Vegas Vampires for your poker table?

From the USA Today bestselling author, a vampire-meets-girl story set in the city that never sleeps-except during daylight. He's a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy. Not to mention a very hot, wealthy, casino-owning vampire. It's an election year for vampires, which means he'll first have to escape his opponent's hit men. Then he'll have to find a suitable First Lady, preferably here in Vegas. Brittany Baldizzi fits the bill. She's smart, pretty- and sweeter than a glass of diabetic O-Negative. But her protective sister Alexis steps in with a message for Ethan: Bite me. It's then that he realizes it's the sexy, no-nonsense Alexis who raises his stake. And as much as she denies it, Alexis wouldn't mind a romp in the coffin with him. But can a mere mortal, even one who risks her life for him, make a centuries-old, womanizing vampire feel something entirely new?

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