re: Poker & Harrington on Holdem: The Workbook
Originally Posted by Velutha
I have this book and while it is great, I would hardly suggest that someone begin their poker reading with this. I would say that the average beginner is going to look at this and shudder. The book does a great job of explaining what the math in poker is and what the numbers mean but it seems like the kind of book that is too easily skimmed through and not comprehended. This book is a mental workout to truly grasp and should be read by someone further into their poker career imo.
I think I phrased my last post wrong. I don't think this book is the book that a beginner should start out with, but I think it is a book that poker players should read before they start reading about advanced concepts and plays, just so that they know how to quickly calculate the right things before they make those plays. Because really, who cares if you know how to pull some of those plays off if you're doing it at the completely wrong time when it comes to things like pot odds
, implied odds and the odds of hitting your hand? All of which a book like this will teach you how to calculate fairly quickly. I agree with you 100% that if I true beginner picked up this book, it would not help him/her at all because they just need to learn the basics, not all of the complicated math, but if you are trying to step your game up to the next level, you need to understand the math of poker... Also, like you said, the book is a mental workout...it isn't the type of book that you can just skim through or read while doing other things...it is strongly suggested that you read it like you are studying, pencil and paper in hand working the problems out as they come up in the book(which is hard for a lot of people to do), which I think is great and really made the math stick in my head.
Originally Posted by 8Michael3
By the way Velutha and absoluthamm, I had a look at that ďPoker by the NumbersĒ and I instantly wanted to get it. Looks like a great read, especially since I think Iím pretty good at math. The next tourney that I cash big in first, second, or third will have 75% going toward a bankroll and the other toward poker education of which that book will be a definite along with the Full Tilt Tourney strategy guide and Jon Turners tourney book.
Thanks for that info, I didnít even realize there was a series of killer poker books out there.
It really is a great read and I think, from what it sounds like, it would help you out a lot, just be ready to work your way through it, lol. One suggestion on the Full Tilt Strategy Guide....it's a good book, but it covers all different variants of poker(like Razz, Omaha variants, Stud variants, Limit and Pot-Limit), which isn't bad for someone who wants to learn all of the other games that you can play, but it doesn't go into the depth that other books do. I would say it might be a good idea to leave this one for down the road a little bit when you have gotten a good grasp on your main game(Holdem in this case), and then when you are ready to expand your game repetoire, then go back and pick up some books like this. Hope this is all helping you. Good luck