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Texas Hold'em

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:26 pm
by Jhereg
So, for some reason lately I've been reading up on the game and downloaded a tutorial type game. Anyone else play it and have books on it they liked? I've got a few recommended to read through, but not sure if there's prefered ones.

The following were recommended for me:
Poker: The Real Deal by Phil Gordon

Small Stakes Hold'em: Winning Big with Expert Play - Miller, Sklansky, Malmuth
Winning Low Limit Hold'em - Lee Jones

Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players - Sklansky, Malmuth
Pot-limit and No-limit Poker - Reuben, Ciaffone
Super System I & II - Brunson

Theory of Poker - Sklansky

Re: Texas Hold'em

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:32 am
by Tandt
facebook has a fun app (texas holdem) thats pretty realistic.

Re: Texas Hold'em

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:34 am
by Goofydoofy
I used to play all kinds of Poker.

Re: Texas Hold'em

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:38 am
by Woldar
I have read Brunson's two books. Both are ok. I would get his second first as it builds on the original. There are some great tools in there about position betting and watching play.

The other authors are fine. If you like math and odds betting there are a number of methods and books that support those techniques.

You will also find a group of authors focused on playing the player and picking up clues.

Overall, I have found that practice makes perfect. When poker became popular a few years ago I saw a lot of new players start to play (me being one) and we were all weak. Now these same players are very good and new fish struggle to make money. If you go to a poker room understand that the players mostly know each other and you are the new meat. Start out with friends and refine your play before heading out to risk money. There are also poker tournament leagues that don't bet real money that are great places to start.

I use all of the above and each situation is different. The key I have found is playing the player and avoiding big mistakes.