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  8-Dec-11, 20:38   #1
Poker BOOKS... do they help improve your game? 0 
cjvfruity 

Joined: Dec '10
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Hi guys n gals,

Visited my local library today, decided to go see if they have any poker books, managed to take out all seven they had!

My question is...

Do you think taking the time to read poker books is beneficial? have you, yourself learned from reading poker books?

My thinking, was that if I learn ONE thing that may improve my game, it will be worthwhile.

Lastly, are there any poker books in particular that you rate highly yourself?

Cheers big ears! Worship

     
  8-Dec-11, 21:55   #2
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jessthehuman 

Joined: Apr '09
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I've read a couple and the short answer is:

YES - But probably not as much as some people think - you might read a whole book that only has one or two new concepts in it and the rest you 'already know'. However, you do get a new perspective, sometimes better a reason behind a certain idea and certainly some reinforcement of other ideas.

You may walk away from a book and your game is mostly the same, but there will be some subtle change - and sometimes it's just a couple key (big) hands where you think a little differently after reading the book and that can make the difference.

     
  8-Dec-11, 22:03   #3
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kinogomes 

Joined: Feb '10
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Poker books doesnt improove your game at all. Poker books are goos to know some situactions or to know the rulles of the game but nothing more than that. Your gameill be improoved as soon as you know your opponents and in the level you feel comfortable when yo play.

     
  8-Dec-11, 22:38   #4
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psycokiller 
Joined: Sep '09
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I wish people would use spell checker before they post...........anyways.............back to the point. Most poker books are not all that good although there are exceptions. Anything from Mike Caro or David Sklasnsky will be benifical for your game. Those 2 literally created the concept of poker strategy in a way that was useful and proven through trial and error.

     
  8-Dec-11, 23:12   #5
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Arithmajik 

Joined: Feb '11
Location: Canada
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Hey CJ,

So far I haven't read any books, technically. I have however done lots of reading online and then applied those concepts to get started. After I had the foundation I developed my own style. I definitely agree that the books great help with situational stuff, something I need a lot more work on myself.

     
  8-Dec-11, 23:15   #6
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kinogomes 

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Posted by psycokiller:
I wish people would use spell checker before they post...........anyways.............back to the point. Most poker books are not all that good although there are exceptions. Anything from Mike Caro or David Sklasnsky will be benifical for your game. Those 2 literally created the concept of poker strategy in a way that was useful and proven through trial and error.


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Edited by kinogomes (08 December 2011 @ 23:20 GMT)


     
  8-Dec-11, 23:50   #7
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shaded 

Joined: Dec '09
Location: Serbia and Montenegro
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Actually i just started reading SnG book and i think it does improve your game, but it all depends on the book i gues, some are more for training then improving others are for diferent aspects of the game. But im guesing reading alot of poker books can only improve your game so i will be doing exactly that.

     
  9-Dec-11, 02:52   #8
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xdomagojx 

Joined: Sep '10
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I would recommend you a Super System 1 and 2 from Doyle Brunson if you never read any book on poker. It s great for cash games and has some tips that work even in todays poker, very basic but very very good.

You should read a couple of books on poker so you know what to expect in other ppls minds. After it just play and develop your own style. And dont listen to ppl saying book wont improve your skill. Sure they will, most good players know these stuff from books (either from reading or actually playing in earlier times) so they are ahead of you with knowledge and experience. Only way to gain on them is to listen to them and add a bit of your own strategy and flavour to it. Cheers.

     
  9-Dec-11, 06:01   #9
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psycokiller 
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appears someone is a little sensitive over their 4th grade spelling. Can't really take someone seriously when their post looks like this.........."me reely smrt an done real pooker books cuse they no goood." Get with the program kinogomes.



     
  9-Dec-11, 11:58   #10
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cjvfruity 

Joined: Dec '10
Location: United Kingdom
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Posted by psycokiller:
I wish people would use spell checker before they post...........anyways.............back to the point. Most poker books are not all that good although there are exceptions. Anything from Mike Caro or David Sklasnsky will be benifical for your game. Those 2 literally created the concept of poker strategy in a way that was useful and proven through trial and error.


If it makes you feel special to disect someones spelling, without knowing what that person has been through in their life.... then good for you! Im not going to give my life story on a forum, but needless to say... my childhood was not a good one! So a BIG FU!

To everyone else...

Thanks for the advice, one of the books was super system 1, so I think I will start with that book, then see how it goes Thumbs Up

     
  9-Dec-11, 16:23   #11
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kinogomes 

Joined: Feb '10
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Posted by psycokiller:
appears someone is a little sensitive over their 4th grade spelling. Can't really take someone seriously when their post looks like this.........."me reely smrt an done real pooker books cuse they no goood." Get with the program kinogomes.




I guess you speak very good Portuguese and Spanish too idiot!!!

     
  9-Dec-11, 16:24   #12
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Serpang 
Joined: Jan '10
Location: Indonesia
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I am sure read poker book will improve our skill.
1st : help us to read our opp style of play. And how against it.
2nd: help us to know our style, but I thought can not direct adopted their strategy ( from book )
but need adjusted with our own style.

But discuss with friend more useful after read poker book

     
  9-Dec-11, 16:52   #13
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shoveandtilt 

Joined: Jan '10
Location: United Kingdom
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Im sorry kinogames but you are just wrong....books massively improve your game, the same as educational videos do.....books are ultra important and VERY useful imo

     
  9-Dec-11, 17:11   #14
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ArcticBear 

Joined: Jun '11
Location: United Kingdom
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Posts: 221
Posted by cjvfruity:
Hi guys n gals,

Visited my local library today, decided to go see if they have any poker books, managed to take out all seven they had!

My question is...

Do you think taking the time to read poker books is beneficial? have you, yourself learned from reading poker books?


yes I must admit that poker books help my game I have 2 that where presents from friends, I have never read them but my com monitors stand is broken and they prop it up at just the correct hieght and deflect some of the harmful radiation, so my conclusion is that all books are useful


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Posted by cjvfruity:
[QUOTE]Posted by psycokiller:
I wish people would use spell checker before they post...........anyways.............back to the point. Most poker books are not all that good although there are exceptions. Anything from Mike Caro or David Sklasnsky will be benifical for your game. Those 2 literally created the concept of poker strategy in a way that was useful and proven through trial and error.


If it makes you feel special to disect someones spelling, without knowing what that person has been through in their life.... then good for you! Im not going to give my life story on a forum, but needless to say... my childhood was not a good one! So a BIG FU!

To everyone else...

Thanks for the advice, one of the books was super system 1, so I think I will start with that book, then see how it goes Thumbs Up



sorry but the correct spelling of FU is FUU2, no offence boot try an remener ths

Edited by ArcticBear (09 December 2011 @ 17:27 GMT)


     
  9-Dec-11, 17:41   #15
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psycokiller 
Joined: Sep '09
Location: Canada
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hey u asked for a little advice on books, I gve u a little advice. If u read the entire post, u would find that the spelling/grammer issue I brought up had nothing to do with u.

And hey, most people think they had a shitty upbringing and a tough life........................so fking what.

     
  9-Dec-11, 17:49   #16
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kinogomes 

Joined: Feb '10
Location: Portugal
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This forum should be in other language, i think we need to get ride of some idiots!!!

Its bad ethiquete make fun of the way some people "tries" to speak English, knowing that most of them only learned english for like 3 years in school. Not everybody borned in a English speaking country and you should respect that psycokiller!!!

     
  9-Dec-11, 17:53   #17
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GIOMi6 

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I do my reading online, theory is allways needed to play poker succesfully, but you must apply that what you learned into your poker cash ad/or tournaments.

     
  9-Dec-11, 20:07   #18
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Macubaas 
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
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Posts: 6669
Yes they can, but you need have time to read...

For me personaly i like a lot to watch instructional poker videos made by pros, they are a lot more usefull in my opinion Blink

     
  9-Dec-11, 21:15   #19
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Arithmajik 

Joined: Feb '11
Location: Canada
Age: 35 (M)
Posts: 1660
@CJ: Has that book imprived your game at all yet? Would you reccomend?

Psycho killer
Qu'est que c'est
Fa-fa-far better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away

I know it's annoying when you can't understand things but I usually give foreigners a break.

     
  9-Dec-11, 22:07   #20
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kickinureass 
Joined: Jun '09
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 54 (M)
Posts: 53
no one is born with knowledge of poker, it was either learnt from experience, (good or bad) from other players(good or bad) or from an accuired source.
Every time you take the time and effort to read a book it means you want to improve your
game / advantage at the tables. best advice is read and if any of the advice seems good use it ~ and watch other players to see if you can detect thier play style and use that knowledge to your advantage.
The saying is said " DO WHAT YOU ALWAYS DO AND GET WHAT YOU ALWAYS GOT" if proffesional players get the results you would like " DO WHAT THEY DO" read thier books and watch them play on telivision and good luck.

     
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