A complete introduction to casino and cardroom poker, for everyone from complete poker novices to experienced players who want to take the game more seriously. It covers everything from the basics of strategy and cardroom rules and customs to more esoteric topics like tournament play, poker math, cheating, record keeping, and much more.
A top-ranked woman poker player presents an insider's view of the World Series of Poker, in a personal account that describes her academic achievements, impulsive entry into the world of gambling, and insights into strategic tournament play. 150,000 first printing.
A painting worth millions, valuables gone missing, a game that is more than a game. And that’s only the beginning as an elderly widow befriends a young woman and tries to prevent her from making the same mistakes she has made.
Poker players are always told that to be successful, you have to play aggressively. What is not usually explained is just exactly how you are supposed to play aggressively. On the Final Table of the 2016 WSOP Main Event, Qui Nguyen destroyed the opposition with an absolute masterclass in aggressive play and walked away with the coveted gold bracelet as well as $8 million. If you want to understand what this mythical “playing aggressively” means in practical terms, then From Vietnam to Vegas will give you the answer. Many of the experienced professionals commentating for TV simply couldn’t understand Qui’s play. Antonio Esfandiari, who has won over $27 million in live play, commented, “I couldn’t get a read on Qui Nguyen if my life depended on it.” From Vietnam to Vegas tells the complete story behind Qui’s magnificent achievement. In this book Qui: reviews 176 key hands from his historic victory at the WSOP Final Tableprovides an in-depth analysis of his thought process on each handrelates the story of his life, from his early struggles in Vietnam through to his transition to a poker professional in Las Vegas. The book also includes commentary from Steve Blay, founder of AdvancedPokerTraining.com and Qui Nguyen’s personal poker advisor at the final table. Blay’s commentary often analyzes the mathematical basis behind Qui’s decisions, and discusses practical ways to apply it to your own poker game.
The fastest growing format in online poker is without doubt Progressive Knockout tournaments. Online poker rooms like them, recreational poker players love them, yet a lot of serious poker players struggle to get to grips with the way the strategy changes compared to regular MTTs. In PKO Poker Strategy professional poker player Dara O’Kearney has done rigorous study using the latest solver technology to show you the biggest adjustments you need to beat these tournaments. This book fixes your biggest leaks and takes the uncertainty out of PKOs. You will learn: •How to adjust your ranges in a PKO •When to gamble for a big bounty •How to adjust when the payouts and final table are a factor •When you should stick to a more standard strategy •Quick PKO math you can do at the tables Dara O’Kearney is a professional poker player from Ireland, specialising in online tournaments and with a reputation as one of the great teachers of the game. He is the co-author of the best-selling Poker Satellite Strategy, the co-host of the award-winning Chip Race Poker Podcast and is sponsored by Unibet Poker. "Dara's outlook on PKO tournaments is expectedly methodical. Knowing how wide to chase bounties is one of the most important adjustments and this book will equip you with the knowledge to work it out on the fly." - Adam Owen, professional poker player This book uses the most up-to-date poker ICM solvers, however it has been written in a way to make the poker math you need to do at the tables very simple. Every chapter starts from a poker GTO framework but then explains how you should deviate when the players or table dynamics change. It covers major adjustment in PKO play, including a short hand way to decide on calling ranges, the poker game theory behind why you should never late register, post flop play, poker mindset issues unique to PKOs and much more. It has everything a texas hold'em player needs to crush knockout tournaments.
Rough sex, black magic, murder, and the science-and eros-of gambling meet in the ultimate book about Las Vegas James McManus was sent to Las Vegas by Harper's to cover the World Series of Poker in 2000, especially the mushrooming progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend with a technique so outré it took a Manhattan pathologist to identify it. Whether a jury would convict the attractive young couple was another story altogether. McManus risks his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience, he tells his skeptical wife, can he capture the hair-raising brand of poker that determines the world champion. The heart of the book is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament itself-the players, the hand-to-hand combat, and his own unlikely progress in it. Written in the tradition of The Gambler and The Biggest Game in Town, Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure, a penetrating study of America's card game, and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"-the eros and logistics of our primary competitive instincts.
One of the ten greatest books written on poker, this must-have book should be in every player's library. If you're serious about winning, you'll realize that most of the profit comes from being able to read your opponents. Caro reveals the the secrets of interpreting tells-physical reactions that reveal information about a player's cards-such as shrugs, sighs, shaky hands, eye contact, and many more. Learn when opponents are bluffing, when they aren't and why-based solely on their mannerisms. Over 170 photos of players in action and play-by-play examples show the actual tells. These powerful ideas will give you the decisive edge.
In 2011, Grantland magazine gave novelist Coloson Whitehaead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event's antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. -- back cover.
Theory You Can Understand. Strategy You Can Use. In this follow-up to his best-selling Play Optimal Poker, renowned poker pro and coach Andrew Brokos demonstrates how to construct the right ranges for any situation. By investigating real no-limit hold 'em scenarios, you'll learn to select hands that perform well individually but also complement one another, amplifying each other's strengths and compensating for each other's weaknesses. In the process, you'll explore powerful concepts like: Bet sizing Equity denial Equity realization Balance Leverage Board coverage Exploitative play Whether you play tournaments or cash games, high stakes or low, online or live, you'll gain fresh insights into the game you love. Real world examples demonstrate how to make the best decision every time, so you can reel in the biggest fish and hold your own when swimming with the sharks. Play with confidence. Play with precision. Play optimal poker. Andrew Brokos has been a professional poker player for more than fifteen years, with hundreds of thousands in cash game winnings, final tables in major online tournament series, and three Top 100 finishes in the World Series of Poker Main Event. As a coach and host of the popular Thinking Poker Podcast, Andrew is widely regarded for his ability to explain complex concepts in terms anyone can understand.
Tournament poker is very different from standard ring game poker. While they might appear the same from a distance, there are many differences in proper strategy that are often unknown to many experienced cash game players. Some people excel at tournament poker. This is not luck. These are players who have an advanced understanding of what the proper strategy adjustments are, and when they come into play. It is no coincidence that the same competitors make it to final tables far more than their fair share. This book explains tournament strategies that only a small number of players have mastered. It assumes you already know how to play poker well, but aren't knowledgeable of tournament-specific concepts and when and where to use them. Some of the ideas discussed include: the effect of going broke, the Gap Concept, how chips change value, adjusting strategy to rising stakes, all-in strategy, final table play, making deals, the "System," focusing on weaker opponents, unusual plays with aces and kings, moving in against the blind, and much more. This newly-expanded version contains over 100 new pages of updated material dedicated almost entirely to today's most popular form of tournament poker: no-limit hold 'em.
Great poker players are master tacticians. Not only do they calculate odds with lightning speed and astonishing precision, but they also cunningly anticipate and manipulate the actions of their adversaries. In short, they boast skills that every lawyer can envy. This highly entertaining work might best be summed up as "better lawyering through poker." Steven Lubet shows exactly how the tactics of the poker table can be adapted to litigation, negotiation, and virtually every aspect of law practice. In a series of engaging and informative lessons, Lubet describes concepts like "betting for value," "slow playing," and "reverse bluffing," and explains how they can be used by lawyers to win their cases. The best card players, like the best lawyers, have a knack for getting their adversaries to react exactly as they want, and that talent separates the winners from the losers. Lawyers' Poker is an irresistible guide to successful lawyering and an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in law. No poker knowledge required.
* Are you a social or recreational poker player? * Would you like to improve your game and win a bit more often? * Do you have 30 minutes a day to spare? There is a lot of material available for players trying to improve their poker game. However, much of the advice is rather advanced. It can be complicated and not always easy to implement at the table. Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day is different. It keeps the advice simple and direct and enables you to learn the basics of winning at no-limit hold’em with the help of over 30 appropriate and creative exercises. The aim of this book is not to turn an already very good player into an expert. The aim is to take a regular Joe (or Jane) and make him or her good enough to beat social and recreational games. Poker is a lot more fun when you are winning and this book will give you the tools to enable you to win.
You can't afford not to buy this book. Poker teacher and game theorist, Dario De Toffili, wants you to become a more consistent player. Put the odds in your favor using De Toffili's common sense approaches and advanced concepts, including easy-to-memorize poker math. Learn to recognize and take advantage of different player types, master betting and bankroll strategies, and put your best foot forward at final table play. Beginners are welcome too--De Toffili will ensure that they don't get lost in the thicket of call, pot and all-in. Best of all, the rules, winning strategies and culture of Texas Hold 'Em (no limit and fixed) are given pride of place throughout the book. De Toffili also covers the "soft" concepts of poker such as table etiquette, the history of the game--and there's even a section on poker in film. Written with precision, simplicity, and humour by a leading professional player, The Big Book of Poker is the best way to fall in love with the game--and move from a being a regular loser to a confident winner.
A guide to poker strategy includes rules for all the major poker games, in-depth discussion of pot odds and implied odds, help for internet players and tournament players, and an overview of the game's colorful history.
This is the only book that shows players how to earn cash by playing in satellites for big buy-in no limit holdem tournaments like the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. Tucker, who has won 18 World Poker Tour main event seats in two years using this exact same method, shows how to survive until the top two places of a single-table sit-and-go and either win the valuable main event seat or negotiate a deal for a huge cash profit. Players learn how to play aggressively in the short-stacked supersatellites, more conservatively in the deeper-stacked satellites, and when and how to negotiate deals. Dozens of hand examples, table graphics, and clear explanations demonstrate how decision making is guided by the objective of playing heads-up.
Like a secret society, poker has its own language and customs -- its own governing logic and rules of etiquette that the uninitiated may find intimidating. It's a game of skill, and playing well depends on more than just a good hand or the ability to hide emotion. The first step toward developing a style of play worthy of the greats is learning to think like a poker player. In a game where there are no absolutes, mastering the basics is only the beginning -- being able to pull off the strategy and theatrics is the difference between legendary wins and epic failure.
Poker is serious – and big – business these days. Just take a look at the number of gaming and gambling sites offering variants on the game and the amount of media coverage and airtime it gets. It seems to be a game where you can get rich quick – but you can easily lose a considerable amount of money in a short time also; especially if you are not experienced and don’t really understand what you are doing. This compilation takes a look at the history of poker and the different variations of the game that can be played for money or pleasure. It also features more serious analysis of strategies in playing and betting on poker including the mathematical and psychological aspects of a game that is highly susceptible to both of these approaches. If you are considering taking up poker as a hobby or as gambling – this is as good a starting point as any to get you up to speed on the sorts of information and knowledge you will need to participate with even a modicum of success.