I should preempt this review with the idea that this book is educational. It teaches the basic concepts of Poker. It goes over theory, rational thought, and putting those thoughts into action on the tables. If you don’t like poker than this book isn’t for you. If you want to learn how to learn the game or are looking to hone your thrills, keep reading.
For those of you who don’t know “Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson; he is thought to be the most prominent poker player and ambassador for the game that the world has ever known.
The beginning of this book is a little dry. It is more or less a story of Doyle Brunson’s life and how he got into poker. Basic concepts follow.
Where I thought that I began to learn some things, where his in depth thoughts about how poker principals should be adapted. His general strategy talks about figuring out your opponents by observing their tendancies and making sure you don’t get lured into the world of “Gambling”. Basically, saying that if you follow what he did, it can become a living.
As for myself, it definitely taught me not to get lured. I learned the intricacies of the game and put them to work on my way to qualifying for the World Series of Poker in 2007. I also took more of the concepts and adapted them to the way I play and made myself stronger.
There are several topics discussed and different games. Draw poker, Seven-Card Stud, Lowball, Seven card stud high-low split pot, Limit Hold-Em, and no-limit holdem’ are all the games that he writes about. All of which have some great contributions by some of his close friends and respected poker players: Mike Caro, Chip Reese, Joey Hawthorne, David Sklansky (Genius in my oppinion) and Bobby Baldwin.
Good luck on the tables and make sure you master all of his ideas before you take your money to the casino or card room!
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