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Reviews - What do customers think about Advanced Limit Hold'em Strategy?
Waste of time. Jun 18, 2008
Either Mr. Tanenbaum is not that great of a poker player, or he is unable or unwilling to teach what he knows to others. The subtitle of this book ("Techniques For Beating Tough Games") is completely misleading. The advice presented in this book is merely a statement of the obvious. Here's an example of what I mean from page 85; "[Y]ou bet the flop and get called. You missed your hand, so you correctly decide to check and fold the turn. So far, so good. But your opponent becomes happily conditioned to the fact that, when you check the turn, he will bet and you will fold. To keep him out of this comfort level, you must sometimes check the turn when you have a real hand, planning to either check-raise the turn or allow your opponent to continue a bluff on the river." If the above advice comes as a revelation to you, then maybe you can benefit from reading this book. However, this book will not get you ready to play in "tough games". In my opinion, the level of information in this book might be beneficial to someone looking to step up from a completely passive 3/6 game to a more aggressive 4/8 or 6/12 game. However, if you're looking for help on how to play in the "tougher" middle or upper limit games, this book will not help you.
Good Read Jan 28, 2008
I liked this book, it is: Easy and enjoyable to read. Covers a lot of topics, from preflop starting hands, to river play. Concepts and ideas explained clearly and logically. It contains a discussion about FUD which stands for Fear Uncertainty Doubt. Barry believes you need to mix up your play so your opponents 1. Fear you 2. Are uncertain what you have 3. Doubt themselves and you After reading this book you will feel like You've been given an expensive 10 hour Lecture on Limit holdem by an expert. Just about everything on limit holdem is covered, but there is only 1 or 2 examples on each topic, thus only 4 stars.
Must Read Jan 12, 2008
I was taking a Limit Hold'em mentoring class just over 4 months ago and I decided to pick up Barry's book as an accompaniment to the class. I'm an avid reader of his columns in Cardplayer and it came as no surprise that this book is well written with thoughtful, concise and easily understood explanations of some of the more advanced concepts and techniques in Limit Hold'em.
Recently there seem to have been a deluge of poker books hitting the market by new writers that just seem to regurgitate lessons written previously by the more notable poker authors. You may only find one or two tidbits of information contained within those books that may be truly useful, if you're lucky. Virtually every page of Barry's book had information you could readily use and adapt into your game.
If you are a beginning to intermediate player this would be a great addition to your poker library. I would rate it right up there with "Small Stakes Hold'em", and "Hold'em poker for advanced players.)
Get it and improve your limit hold'em Jan 3, 2008
A good book for those wanting to transition from say $3-6 to $10-20. Thought provoking book which should plug some leaks and get your big hands paid off. I particularly liked the discussions on giving the "illusion of action" and what's required to make +1bb/hr. Well thought out and accessible writing. I'd think 80% of us playing under $20-40 would find something here to improve their game.
Roadmap for improvement Dec 7, 2007
This book deserves a place in your poker library whether you are a limit hold'em specialist or not. It will help make you a better poker player in general. The author notes that his goal is not to give you a game, but rather to improve your game, i.e. this book is not intended for beginners. Consistent with that goal, there is no glossary of poker terms, no description of the basic rules for how to play, no hand rankings, and no odds charts. These areas are all to often included in other "advanced" poker books and serve only as filler.
The chapter entitled "Making One Big Bet per Hour" will be very useful for anyone looking to move up successfully to higher limit games. Seven specific skills are listed in the order that professionals will have added them as their games improved. The reader can quickly see where they fit in this poker skill continuum and determine which specific abilities they will need to acquire or improve upon if they wish to move up.
The author's writing style is very reader friendly and the information is presented concisely without excessive hand descriptions or war stories.
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