Super System 2
Omaha HE Poker
Play/Like the Pros
Zen/Art of Poker
Positively 5th St.
Harrington on HE
Harrington on HE 2
Small Stakes HE
Ace on the River
Hi-lo Split Poker
NL Texas Hold'em
Diary of a Mad..
Aces and Kings
The Making of..
Win Your Way..
Killer Poker Online
Poker/Art of War
Psychology of Poker
Mastering NL HE
Poker for Dummies
No-Limit Texas Hold'em
The New Player's Guide to Winning Poker's Biggest Game
Brad Daugherty and Tom McEvoy
Reviewed by Stallion on Aug. 2, 2005.
Although this book advertises itself as "the ultimate resource for
rookies and champions alike", it is clearly written for the beginning
player. Published in 2004, it seems to have been written to cash in on
the wave of new no-limit players drawn by the explosion of poker on
TV. Because of this, the book is geared to providing basic no-limit
strategy both for the completely inexperienced player and for the
player who has only played limit poker. The book is almost entirely
geared toward tournament NL poker. In providing generally sound
strategic advice, the authors are constantly dropping in references to
their WSOP championships, perhaps in an effort to convince the reader,
"We really do know what we're talking about!"
There certainly isn't anything revolutionary here. However, given the
audience that this is written for, there doesn't need to be. The most
important thing that Daugherty and McEvoy do is to help the reader
establish the right mindset to win at no-limit, including appreciating
the importance of aggression and the fact that most pots will be won
before the flop or on the flop.
Other than that, the advice is a bit
rigid. The authors try to help the player come up with a formulaic
system so that the player will know what to do with each hand in each situation.
Under this system, very few starting hands are played. This, I
suppose, is done to minimize the risk of the beginning player doing
something real dumb. The approach certainly makes sense, but just
following the advice in this book probably isn't going to win the
beginning player any NL tournaments. However, it may save him from
busting out in the first few hands.
The book is written with a concise and direct style, which is ideal
for what it is trying to do: provide a simple and understandable
system to play no-limit. That said, you can probably count on an
obvious typo about every thirty of forty pages.
The first part of the book contains the absolute basics as well as sections on
how much to bet and when to bluff. This is followed by a ton of
practice hands with multiple choice quizzes. These do a good job of
communicating not just what the right move is but why it is the right
move. The end of the book contains an extremely brief section on cash
games as well as a glossary and some tips for practicing. Again,
there's nothing here that's striking for its brilliance, but this book
should definitely speed up a new player's improvement.
No-Limit Texas Hold'em can be purchased at Amazon
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