Originally Posted by LD1977
It has definitely become obsolete ever since Zoom became popular (and Stars started to suffer connectivity issues). It is better to 4-table Zoom for slightly lesser win rate but more hands, better focus on decisions and much quicker improvement.
Absolute beginners might find useful stuff in it though (but that stuff can be found online for free so meh).
Have you read both of his books?
I do not understand how the invention of Zone Poker make his books "obsolete."
Due to the invention of Zone Poker perhaps all Books and Video's regarding regular 6-Max and Full Ring should be gathered into a pyre and lit?
What did you think of his Article the "Essential Guide to Zone Poker Strategy
." Did you read this as well?
I would sooner take my advice from one of the top earners in .2 and .5NL(with a proven and published track record) than from some random internet source.
I feel more secure with taking information from those with proven track records that are "Stakes Specific."
Blackrain79 has put in huge amounts of work in his Video's, Newsletter and Blog and they are all for free. He is only charging for the books!
Most people who are playing Micro Stakes need some solid and not very complex advice regarding these Stakes.
BlackRain covers the pro's and con's of playing Zone/Zoom Poker. Here is an excerpt.
"Zoom poker is still a relatively new and exciting brand of poker. The greatest thing about it is the ease with which you can sit down and just start playing within seconds.
It is brilliant really.
But this ease of access is also a fairly big drawback. It tends to attract legions of nitty mass multi-tabling regs and fish who play tighter and can't be easily isolated.
No matter how good of a LAG you are it is hard to draw blood from a stone and even your best customers don't pay out as well. This is why I personally do not play Zoom poker very often and I do not recommend it for anyone who is looking to crush the games. (http://www.blackrain79.com/p/book.html)
With that said though, some people like to put in big volume and chase rakeback goals. Zoom poker is perfect for them.
And also, some people simply don't want to chase the fish around all day and constantly hop from one table to another. They just want to sit down and play. I get that and I can totally respect that as well. And in that case, Zoom is also the perfect game for them."
I think your discrediting BlackRain79 and his work is unfounded and I seriously doubt that you are taking a stance from an informed perspective.