Originally Posted by ChuckTs
Bought and read it myself and pretty much got the same impression you seem to have zach.
To me it seems like he was writing a book for internet players back in 2002 or something, like back when it was first starting up. I haven't touched the book since I first got it.
What was his reasoning for the weird chat again?
Basically he said that if I remember correctly that if you try to rattle someone you may piss them off and the good players will be targeting you (good IMO, anything that causes good people to play differently is good) and if you talk about how you're bad and new you get the same thing, a target on your forehead. But that if you just post random things it may confuse them and get them to stop paying attention to the game.
But yeah, on the book it basically assumes you suck at poker, a lot of it is dedicated to avoiding sharks. It also says to avoid shorthanded and HU because you'll play too many hands. I prefer full ring but some people are good at shorthanded, and if people play too loose there you just need to tighten up to beat it. It doesn't mention anything on BR management, nothing on software to help out with play, just about keeping a literal book on ALL opponents. No idea where he plays but he also seemed to think you'd run into everyone again and again. I 6-table and maybe a time or 2 per week I'll see someone I've played with before. There are 3 or 4 others whom I have a ton of hands with and seem to be doing the same thing I am (multi-tabling micros), but other than that I barely run into anyone a second time. Yet he literally wants you to record how much they buy in for, tendencies you notice, how long they play for every player you play against. Pokertracker does that for me and I have 8,552 players. That's one LONG book.
He doesn't talk much strategy but from what he mentions he just emphasizes extremely tight aggressive play, which I'm not even sure would work very well against the average online opponent today. From what I've heard, players used to be really loose before, but now there are a lot more tight players.
Altogether a practically worthless book IMO, besides what I mentioned above . Of course even that is a horrible rationalization. I just think it's fun to do lol.