Originally Posted by gn2056
i think the if any player is only going to read one book it should be supersystem, none of the chapters are hard to understand I read it before I had even played.
I'd have real issue recommending Super System
(I or II) as a first poker book.
At risk of repeating a bunch of other posts I've made on here before, you really need to keep the following in mind when you're reading Super System
- It is not
a low-stakes text. If you're jumping straight into a $100-$200 game then maybe it's a little more applicable. But for us mere mortals, the advice won't ring as true. In the NLHE section, Doyle advocates putting pressure on your opponents constantly with bets and raises. He's talking about "Y'know, you could buy a car with the money in this pot"
kind of pressure, not "Y'know, you could buy a pack of cigarettes and a bus fare home with this pot"
- It was written at a time when (it seems) the predominant style of play was weak-tight, and it certainly assumes you're not going to have much competition for the title of most aggressive player at the table. The game, NLHE particularly, has come a long way since then and your average table doesn't much resemble the ones Doyle talks about.
To nitpick, the book also uses some outdated terminology (from memory, one example is his use of the word "turn", which could be a little bit confusing in today's context - I believe he was using it to describe the flop) and if you're only getting it for the NLHE section, you're paying for a book that you're going to ignore 75% of.
Absolutely it's an interesting read, and there's a lot you can still get out of it. But there's a dozen books I'd recommend a player (especially a beginner) read first.