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Old May 24, 2005, 2:43pm   #1
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what single book would you recomened to newbies who want to specialise in texas hold em no limits??

what about for the intermidate level player??

i've got "poker for dummies" which i found very useful but i want a book specialising in NL texas hold em.

can anyone help??
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Old May 24, 2005, 5:15pm   #2
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the first book i read (and only) was "the tao of poker" Its very good...doesnt focus on all the pot odds, statistic crap some of the other books do. Its simply about controlling yourself and the game. Very good read.
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Old May 24, 2005, 5:19pm   #3
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doesnt focus on all the pot odds, statistic crap some of the other books do.
Yes, what a dumb idea to teach newbies that.

Read WLLH or Getting started in Hold'em
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doesnt focus on all the pot odds, statistic crap some of the other books do.
Yes, what a dumb idea to teach newbies that.

Read WLLH or Getting started in Hold'em
I didnt say it was a dumb idea, i just dont think for a brand new player, that its the most important thing. I think its much more important to know how to see what you're doing and how you're controlling yourself. have you read the book? I think youd be supprised.
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Well, not all new players have problems with tilting.

Who needs a book to stop that must have some serious problems, not only pokerwise.
People should relax anyways

And I do think, that you will tilt less, when you know about odds and EV and that all will even out.

I won't ever read that book btw.
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its not just about tilt. its about the entire mental side of it. Pot odds do you no good if you're sitting there with pocket queens, a/q/3 flops and you're sitting there with trip queens, raising away, not paying any attention to the guy calling you with trip aces. Its a good book. It helped me a lot.
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Books are great and I could rattle off a bunch of them that I have read. This may sound cliche, but I just kept playing more online (even at free sites) and talking to fellow friends about situations is very helpful as well. Plus this site rocks too and a really good resource!
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its not just about tilt. its about the entire mental side of it. Pot odds do you no good if you're sitting there with pocket queens, a/q/3 flops and you're sitting there with trip queens, raising away, not paying any attention to the guy calling you with trip aces. Its a good book. It helped me a lot.
I hope you are raising away with this hand...
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its not just about tilt. its about the entire mental side of it. Pot odds do you no good if you're sitting there with pocket queens, a/q/3 flops and you're sitting there with trip queens, raising away, not paying any attention to the guy calling you with trip aces. Its a good book. It helped me a lot.
I hope you are raising away with this hand...
Its a made up hand. Im just saying, if you keep raising over and over again and some guy is going over the top, you might need to stop for a minute and wonder about that ace. I lost $7 in one hand because i had trip 8s and there was some guy with trip 10s and i didnt stop to think about it.
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what single book would you recomened to newbies who want to specialise in texas hold em no limits??

what about for the intermidate level player??
For newbies, I wouldn't recommend reading any books specifically on NL as you need to learn the basics first, so a good book on Limit will do the trick nicely: try Hold 'Em Poker by David Sklansky, because he writes well (which is more than can be said of many poker players) and knows his stuff.

For intermediates, I think you should definitely read Theory of Poker by the same author, and Pot Limit and No Limit Poker by Ruben and Ciaffone.

The last 2 use examples from diferent types of poker to illustrate the points being made, but that shouldn't put you off - at the intermediate level (which is all I am, incidentally) it's more important you grasp the ideas and learn how to apply them to Hold Em than involve yourself in the mechanics of any particular game.

The latter book (as its name suggests) is a rare and beautiful thing - a book exclusively about PL/NL cash games, but it's definitely NOT for newbies.

Good luck.
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