This brilliant little novel (213 pages), published in 2007, stands an outstanding prospect of turning the attentive student into a masterfully hidden limitation grip’em ninja. He boils the game down to two fundamentals: playing with the video game, and playing the enemy. He lays out a detail by detail plan about how to seem like a complete poker klutz, dish out a whuppin’, leave the game with bags of money, and above all, leave the distinct impression that you’re just the usual donk that lucked out. The game is geared primarily in a live-play audience. The prose itself is delicious. Our hero is plainly a tale teller, also it’s not difficult to believe that he is also a novelist, as maintained.

The book begins by explicitly saying its purpose, in large capital letters:”READ THIS BOOK IF You Would like to Prevent THE LIMELIGHT, YET Become a CONSISTENT WINNER AT THE POKER TABLE inĀ .” His self disclosure perhaps explains a number of his motivation. He asserts to have been pumped out of a WSOP Main Event, before the last table. He dropped an atrocious suck-out, hauled by a minimum of Stu Ungar, who went on to win against the bracelet. This seems to have been a revelation to this particular author: nolimit holdCeltics, notably championship fashion, is actually a crapshoot, played by those that crave celebrity. Steady money is seen at the tables, particularly with cleverly hidden skills. Even though I prefer no-limit myself, it is refreshing to see a vastly different outlook, particularly one with such great humour.

Therefore, how can you seem just like a pigeon? The keys involve image management and also a fundamental knowledge of their mad possibilities of this game. If it’s possible to learn to appear at some guy giving you a lecture about a bad overcome using a blank stare of confusion, then you are well on your path. If you combine this knowledge with the statistical oddity that some two hole cards will hit a flop hard one time , then you have the makings of a donk in disguise. At an ordinary session of limit, take 15 or so stabs at the pot from ludicrously ancient position together with crap. Raise it up. If you reach hard, play it down into the end with all the goofy motions such as checking the flop and raising the twist. Afterward, once the guy in position (who did whatever”right” that a la Sklansky) blasts you personally for having no comprehension of poker whatsoever, you simply grant a confused smile. Whenever you miss, you just dump your hands, and no one thinks twice.

My favourite thing,”Tells Don’t Tell – Folks Can,” is just a critique of informs. The author considers the thought of Kreskin-like powers of reading a villain’s hole cards ridiculous. He supplies a comprehensive analysis of this crucial hands between Sammy Farha and Chris Moneymaker from the 2003 Main Event, indicating that more awareness of the betting patterns of their hands, rather than to the person himself, could have got Sammy the necklace, in the place of owning his pile crippled by a stonecold knock the river. He goes on the players’ behaviours in detail and then replays the same hand as if it were played on line, without a gambling patterns out there. I really don’t know whether I am quite convinced by his own arguments, notably after reading Joe Navarro, however it is a great reminder that 90% of what you need to learn originates from the player’s activities, not from whether he stakes with the left hand or the right.

In sum, that is an enlightening and an enjoyable novel. There are lots of fine novels about poker technique and poker odds, and this publication has all that. What sets this book apart is using fine poker stories to drive home key points. If you love excellent poker and good prose, this can be really a delicious read also if you’d like to create money at live limit games by closely staged deceit, so much the better.