Personally, this is the only proper poker book, (I have another one called the poker players bibile, but its not that good) Basically, the way that Hellmuth plays is very suited to his style of play, and if anyone watchs him, they will know that he is a mega tight super aggressive player.
I loved his cook, and I go back all the time If i need a bit of help on one part of my play, or if i want to loosen up and start ;aying A-X suited, for example as you picked that out. Now Phil sets the book out into different sections, if you read the BEGINNERS section, he says that in limit only play 77,88,99,1010,JJ,QQ,KK,AA,AK and AQ.
He gives you MORE THAN 1 way of playing the hands such as 77 88 99. He says that HE personally likes to raise and then bet the flop and personally Im not sure I always like this, ill limp with say hands like 33,44,55,66 and maybe raise with 77 88 99 but not reraise usually. He also gives Frand Hendersons theory where he only limps with all small pairs.
Im sure Phil himself doesn't always follow his exact strategy, but to say this book only told you the top 10 hands, makes you a fool and you obvioult havent read the book with any kind of poker knowledge, because the NO1 rules in poker is that, you should not ever say always or never. Example, watch Phil Iver limp in with 93 in middle position. What we couldnt dream of doing that?
Heres a hand I saw Phil Ivey play pn TV at the Monte Carlo Millions.
Phil limps with 93
guy has 10J
guy has 89 ( diamonds )
guy has A8
flop comes Q-X-8 (1 diamond)
Phil bets 2k (2500 pot)
89 calls all rest pass.
turn comes diamond
Phil bets 7k (9 high)
IVEY TAKES IT DOWN!
So you never say always or never in Poker!
Second, I disagree with some of the thing hellmuth says, such as the A-X suited, but if you read he has A DIFFERENT section for online poker. In that section, he doesn't say play 44 55 66 77 and definately NOT reraise with them.
I got some advice for you Pal, READ the book again (like actually look at the words) and USE his advice, because I have become a megatight rock player and it works man, especially read his blind stealing and reraisng a stealer etc, some of his strategies are just magic!
my 2 cents BABy!