Poker Bio's (Reads)

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Looking for a good read for xmas. Anyone recommond any?

Easy to read. Easy to understand. Strategy, Advantage, finding the edge type biographies

I guess a thread that can be kept aswell for good reads in general
 

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You want a book to help your game rather than just an interesting biography?
 

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The Theory of Poker by David Slanksy is supposedly the classic every poker player must read. It's the base from which you build off. I'm about halfway through.
 

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You think it lives up to the hype?
Havent read any others so nothing to compare it to. Good basic fundamentals and you can definitely take things out that you didnt consider before. However, some of it is dated in the modern game. Also the shoulds and should nots are too black and white for me. Every situation is different depending on so many variables.
 

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The Theory of Poker by David Slanksy is supposedly the classic every poker player must read. It's the base from which you build off. I'm about halfway through.
For some general, outside-the-box thinking, his DUCY? is well worth a read.
 

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For some general, outside-the-box thinking, his DUCY? is well worth a read.
My problem with Theory of Poker is that it's not written specifically for holdem so some of the examples are from Razz, Hi Card, Lowball, or similar names, I have no idea how these games play so I don't know the context of the hand examples. Makes it a bit difficult to fully get how is explaining some concepts.

Second issue is that it's focussed too much on the right or wrong decision. I don't think poker is that black and white, the same decision can be right in some circumstances but not worth it in another, depending on a whole bunch of variables. More than likely I am wrong and he is right, he is/was obviously a far, far better player and knowledgable on the topic than me, but my own experiences in certain games show that no decision is ever the same as the last, even working from a basic framework.
 
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Second issue is that it's focussed too much on the right or wrong decision. I don't think poker is that black and white, the same decision can be right in some circumstances but not worth it in another, depending on a whole bunch of variables. More than likely I am wrong and he is right, he is/was obviously a far, far better player and knowledgable on the topic than me, but my own experiences in certain games show that no decision is ever the same as the last, even working from a basic framework.
Tend to agree. Looked at a video of someone trying Maths/GameTheory v Instinct.

Maths/GameTheory told him to fold but his read of the player said to go for it . Interesting discussion point.
 

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Tend to agree. Looked at a video of someone trying Maths/GameTheory v Instinct.

Maths/GameTheory told him to fold but his read of the player said to go for it . Interesting discussion point.
Read an article on a similar topic recently, how GTO is not optimal 100% of the time because when you have a clear weakness to exploit you win more by exploiting.
 
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