re: Poker & Try to make sense of something Mike Caro wrote (if you dare)
Originally Posted by Lheticus
This seems somewhat irrelevant--an appeal to reputation or lack thereof doesn't help this discussion. I've read a lot more of the book now, and he does seem very much like a cash game specialist, only winning barely 6 figures in tournaments--but unless you somehow get a look at his tax forms, cash game winnings aren't a thing that's recorded. He's obviously good enough to be one of the "big names", so I wouldn't deride him too much for "not winning millions" especially since he may have won more than the general public strictly knows of because of cash games.
To sum up: If you can't teach, apparently ridicule (or administrate)
I agree my comment had nothing to do with Op's question, but this is what I feel about Mike Caro and its certainly my own opinion. Having said that, not many have done more for the game of poker then Mike Caro. He has been at the forefront of a lot of positivity for the game...whether its statistics, research on tells, computer simulations, or his dedicated drive to show the public how the game is built on honesty and integrity.
Me saying he isn't highly successful at the tables is hardly ridicule but factual. It just means, again In my own opinion, that he doesn't exactly practice what he preaches in his writings....
You can find a lot of useful things in his books (I own 3 of them) but not as much as you can get out of other poker players books who talk less of the math of the game but more of the psychology and table image. No one can doubt the "mad mathematician" when it comes to odds
, but there is a lot more to the game then that. Probably why he Is know as a draw poker player.
If I were to rate the top ten poker books
, none of his would make it. Again, that is not to say his are bad, they are certainly useful to an extent.
I see a few of you took slight at my teach comment and how it is not on topic. Although it did pertain to the author of the book, it did not contribute to the answer to the OPs question. I am sorry for that. I am new to this site and not privy to the tolerance of getting off topic.
I do feel the posts that followed were full of assumptions, especially when they replied to a one line comment.