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Introduced shortly after the United States declared its independence, poker’s growth and development has paralleled that of America itself. As a gambling game with mass appeal, poker has been played by presidents and peasants, at kitchen tables and final tables, for matchsticks and millions.
First came the hands, then came the stories – some true, some pure bluffs, and many in between. In Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, Martin Harris shares these stories while chronicling poker’s progress from 19th-century steamboats and saloons to 21st-century virtual tables online, including:
Poker on the Mississippi
Poker in the Movies
Poker in the Old West
Poker on the Newsstand
Poker in the Civil War
Poker in Literature
Poker on the Bookshelf
Poker in Music
Poker in the White House
Poker on Television
Poker During Wartime
Poker on the Computer
From Mark Twain to “Dogs Playing Poker” to W.C. Fields to John Wayne to A Streetcar Named Desire to the Cold War to Kenny Rogers to ESPN to Star Trek: The Next Generation and beyond, Poker & Pop Culture provides a comprehensive survey of cultural productions in which poker is of thematic importance, showing how the game’s portrayal in the mainstream has increased poker’s relevance to American history and shaped the way we think about the game and its significance.
Short-handed No Limit Hold’em is a dangerous game.
There’s nowhere to hide - the slightest blip can cost you your entire stack, whilst a good play can bust your opponents. The weak players get crushed and the winners clean up.
Buy this book and you will become a winner.
Secrets of Short-handed No Limit Hold’em:
features clear and insightful explanations of the thought processes of a - successful high stakes player
teaches how to read hands - the key skill for successful short-handed play
features many actual hands from real high stakes shorthanded no limit hold’em cash games
Many of the ideas articulated and explained in this book have never been seen in print before. This book. In each case, there is a very detailed, in-depth explanation for the thought processes and concepts involved in the hand. Emphasis is placed on the psychology involved which is of key importance for no limit play.
Jonathan Little is on a mission to teach the world how to play tournament poker.
His first two books, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volumes 1 and 2, outlined how the modern professional plays the game and changed the face of the poker landscape. Now Jonathan has produced a third volume, allowing players to test their understanding of the nuances of tournament play.
The question and answer format allows the reader to examine each individual hand, consider the relevant factors and formulate their thinking about the best line to take. In this way the reader can compare his or her thought processes with those of a top flight professional who has amassed more than $5 million in career earnings.
Jonathan will teach you how to:
Hone in on the relevant factors in any given situation
Find the most accurate bet-sizings to maximise your expectation
Learn how to profit on the bubble and at the final table
Jonathan Little is undoubtedly one of the world’s best poker players and also a highly respected coach. In 2010 he cashed 5 times in the WSOP, including a 3rd place finish.
Jonathan Little is a highly successful poker professional who has won over $4 million in tournament play. His first book, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1 dealt with the fundamentals of play. In this second book he builds on this base by examining the highly complex issue of how to handle the different stages of a tournament.
Jonathan Little sits down with Kristy Arnett at PokerNews.com to discuss the book.
As well as outlining a technically accurate style of play, Jonathan also discusses a number of other topics that are crucial to success at poker. These include:
How to spot tells (and avoid giving them)
Practical tips for tournament play
Managing life as a professional poker player throws up a number of issues in itself and Jonathan calls upon his many years as a pro to address these. They include:
Developing your poker skills
Mental & physical approaches required for successful play.
As well as being one of the world’s best players, Jonathan has been a highly respected coach for many years. In the final section of the book he draws on his experience here to answer the most common FAQ’s asked by students and also offers an in-depth analysis of 30 hands from tournament play which outline many of the concepts discussed in the book.
In his professional career he has won the WPT twice. In 2010 he cashed 5 times in the WSOP, including a third place finish.
Jonathan Little interview with Parttimepoker.com
Pot-Limit Omaha is a fascinating game which is rapidly increasingly in popularity on the back of the current poker boom. However, there is a dearth of quality material giving advice on how to handle all elements of this complex form of poker. Until now…
Secrets of Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the first books to analyze medium and high-stakes PLO in great depth. The author, long-time successful PLO cash game player Rolf Slotboom, reveals key information that has never appeared in print before. The following are just some of the topics that are discussed in this ground-breaking book:
A revolutionary short-stack approach
Adjustments for big-stack play
A study on the proper bet size
Correct seating position
The bare ace bluff
Exploiting your opponents’ specific weaknesses
Finally, the practice hands and the chapter on hand match-ups offer tremendous theoretical and practical advice. This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to play PLO successfully.
Rolf Slotboom and Rob Hollink join forces to produce THE definitive guide, to short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha (tables with six or fewer players).
Do you know Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the fastest growing forms of poker?
Do you know that the biggest games online (in money) are Short-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha?
Rolf and Rob will tell you how to:
Gauge the optimum size of the buy-in
Decide whether to check-raise or bet into the raiser
Represent big hands
Misrepresent hands in order to get paid off
Get your opponents off good, but non-nut hands
Judge when to raise with drawing hands
The team - Rolf Slotboom - author of the classic “Secrets of Professional Pot Limit Omaha”. In his first attempt in 2007 on the World Series of Poker he cashed four times, including the main $10,000 event.
Rob Hollink has been a leading player for over 20 years and has won both a European tour title and, in 2008, a World Series bracelet.
No Limit Hold’em is a tough game to play well which is why it is the game of choice for the high-stakes pros.
Unless a player has the table covered then at any moment their entire stack is vulnerable. The key to NLHE is understanding and exploiting this fact. Dominate No-Limit Hold’em will reveal the key plays that will enable you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Daniel Ashman is a highly successful NLHE high-stakes player. In this book he reveals how the very best players think about the game and discusses many advanced concepts.
There are great rewards in NLHE for the successful players. If you want a piece of the action you need Dominate No-Limit Hold’em.
The basic ideas and math behind NLHE
The psychology behind hand reading
The skills to understand strategic play in NLHE
How to understand and learn from real life high-stakes hands
How to make sure you understand the concepts involved in NLHE
…plus much more!
If you think you know sit’n’gos… think again!
The sit’n’go (single table tournament) format is one of the most popular and exciting ways to play poker. The classic sit’n’go consists of ten players sitting at one table and playing for three prizes - but this is not the only possible format. There are many other ways that these events can be run and they can provide a lucrative opportunity for the skilled player. In Secrets of non-standard Sit’n’gos, Phil Shaw navigates you through these exciting variants and explains how you can make them profitable.
The alternative formats discussed include:
Heads-up sit’n’gos (two players)
Sit’n’gos played across two tables
45-player and 180-player sit’n’gos
Non-NL games, including Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud, Razz, Triple Draw and Hi-lo games
Step systems (where players can win entries to tournaments like the EPT and WSOP)
…and many more.
As well as a deep examination of the correct strategies for all these events, Secrets of non-standard Sit’n’gos also analyses the most effective way to capitalise on rakeback and reward programs.
Pot-limit Omaha is a major big bet poker variant which has increased hugely in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic over the past twenty years. Omaha is a fascinating game in which each player receives four hole cards (as opposed to just two in hold’em) to complement the five community cards. This leads to complex and interesting play, and offers great possibilities for the expert player to outmanoeuvre weaker opposition. In pot-limit Omaha big bets can appear out of nowhere, thereby providing skilful players with the opportunity to apply pressure with bold bluffs and counter-bluffs.
This book will be of tremendous value to anyone looking to improve their understanding of this exciting game. The material is presented in a novel ‘test-yourself’ format, which simulates live-action play by enabling readers to select the best course of action at each stage of a complete hand. They are then invited to compare their play with that of the experts, and assess their results through a unique scoring system.
Pot-limit Omaha is an increasingly popular form of poker, about which there is little literature
Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the game
Highly entertaining and instructive ‘test-yourself’ format
Ideal primer for both online and live-action players.
Secrets of Sit’n’gos is the ULTIMATE GUIDE to one of the most popular forms of poker.
Sit’n’go tournaments are single table events usually starting with nine or ten players and paying prizes for the top three finishers.
ALL serious poker websites and casinos offer Sit’n’gos - a fun and profitable way to get started in poker without having to risk a lot of money or make many difficult decisions.
This book will teach you everything you need to know whether you are a beginner or an experienced poker player, including:
how to go from being a novice to a winner using basic all-in or fold strategies
how to apply more advanced Sit’n’go concepts such as ICM to become an expert player
how to use computer programs effectively in making critical decisions
how to play optimally when heads-up (one-on-one) with high blinds
how to buiild a $200 bankroll to $100,000 in one year purely in Sit’n’go events
Phil Shaw will guide you through the early, middle and late stages of play, with clear explanations of the strategies required for success at each.
Phil Shaw is a hi-stakes poker player who has played all levels of Sit’n’go tournaments successfully, including high stakes games with a buy-in of $5,000. He’s a regular contributor to Inside Poker and Poker Player magazines and is an instructor in Sit’n’go play and mixed games for CardRunners.com.
Advanced Limit Hold’em Strategy is a revolutionary book. Top limit hold’em players have techniques that have never been fully explained… until now.
Barry Tanenbaum has played winning middle limit hold’em for over twenty years, and has been a full time professional for six. One of America’s top poker coaches, he fully understands these techniques and, in this book, he explains them.
Barry breaks advanced techniques into fundamental factors with clear instructions on how you can implement them to make much better decisions.
Advanced Limit Hold’em Strategy includes:
An examination of the techniques used by top players to create confusion and score extra profit.
An analysis of ‘card-independent’ strategies explains how to analyze all of the situational factors before you even consider your cards.
A comprehensive coverage of blind play.
In complex situations, many authors will simply tell you, it depends. As a professional player and coach, Barry tells you what it depends on, and what to do about it. This is not a book for beginners, but if you already play and want to understand advanced plays that win more money, this book will tell you how.
Barry is a noted Card Player columnist, having written over 60 columns and has been a featured speaker at three consecutive World Poker Player Conferences.
John Billingham is interviewed by House of Cards radio host Ashley Adams to discuss the book.
Then, check out this video introduction to the book.
How hard are you prepared to work to improve your No Limit Hold’em?
The Education of a Modern Poker Player documents the efforts of a serious amateur as he pursues his ambition of rising through the stakes from NL10 ($10 game) to NL100 ($100 game) and beyond.
John Billingham is an English maths professor, and a keen player of games. In the summer of 2009 he discovered online poker and was hooked. A year later he decided to trick a couple of impressionable young poker pros, Austrian Thomas Tiroch (TwiceT) and Romanian Emanuel Cinca (EmanuelC16), into teaching him how to play poker on the promise of writing a book with them. Little did he know what he was letting himself in for. The Education of a Modern Poker Player is the product of JB’s cunning plan, and documents his progress from being unable to beat NL10 to establishing himself on NL100.
Over the course of this entertaining book, TT and Manu explain how to beat these small stakes games, aided and abetted by JB, and illustrate all the important concepts with real example hands. There is a particular focus on Fast Fold Games, such as Rush and Zoom, in which JB eventually became a specialist, and practical explanations of how to take advantage of weak players in this format.
The Education of a Modern Poker Player includes:
An extensive set of real example hands
Practical advice on strategies to beat 6max No Limit Hold’em
A basic strategy for Fixed Limit Five Card Draw
Clear explanations of the Mathematics of No Limit Hold’em
Specialist advice on Fast Fold Games (e.g. Rush and Zoom)
Tournament poker is a tough game to play, but the rewards for success can be huge. Even regular online tournaments offer substantial prizes running to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you want to win big at the tables, then you must buy this book.
Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1 you will learn the fundamentals of play and how to handle varying stack sizes. You will learn:
Why tournaments are the most profitable form of poker
When to play small ball and when to play long ball
How to understand effective stack size
How to tailor your play to winning, not just cashing
…plus much more!