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Small Stakes Hold'em [Paperback]

Edward Miller , David Sklansky , Mason Malmuth
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July 15 2004
For today’s poker players, Texas hold ’em is the game. Every day, tens of thousands of small stakes hold ’em games are played all over the world in homes, card rooms, and on the Internet. These games can be very profitable — if you play well. But most people don’t play well and end up leaving their money on the table.

Small Stakes Hold ’em: Winning Big with Expert Play explains everything you need to be a big winner. Unlike many other books about small stakes games, it teaches the aggressive and attacking style used by all professional players. However, it does not simply tell you to play aggressively; it shows you exactly how to make expert decisions through numerous clear and detailed examples.

Small Stakes Hold ’em teaches you to think like a professional player. Topics include implied odds, pot equity, speculative hands, position, the importance of being suited, hand categories, counting outs, evaluating the flop, large pots versus small pots, protecting your hand, betting for value on the river, and playing overcards. In addition, after you learn the winning concepts, test your skills with over fifty hand quizzes that present you with common and critical hold ’em decisions. Choose your action, then compare it to the authors’ play and reasoning.

This text presents cutting-edge ideas in straightforward language. It is the most thorough and accurate discussion of small stakes hold ’em available. Your opponents will read this book; make sure you do, too!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the first poker book you should pick up March 27 2005
This book, I believe, is the first one anybody should pick up, if they're looking to improve their skills at the poker table. It explains concepts far more clearly and concisely than does Sklansky and Malmuth's Hold'em for Advanced Players, which I - like most readers, I think -had a fairly hard time getting through the first time I picked it up.
There is nothing that stands out as a noticeable shortcoming, although I think that readers may initially have a little trouble getting comfortable with the more aggressive style of play the book recommends. That being said, aggressive play is essential to improving your poker skills.
The sections on post-flop play are outstanding; in fact that's probably the most important piece of advice I internalized from this book: there are so many books and websites out there that devote tons of time to laying out preflop charts and guidelines, when post-flop play is exponentially more complex and important. I think readers still may not be equipped to handle the tougher games against super-aggressive opponents, but this book will go a long way toward helping you clean up against your buddies at your next poker night, or in the internet poker rooms - I was initially hesitant about doing the online thing, but you can find some free money sign-up bonus codes floating around the internet that will make it worthwhile...I find that POKERCROAKER.COM updates their codes frequently. Bottom line is that this is where I recommend all of my friends begin their reading; by far the best and most concisely written book I've read on the topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this, now, now! Oct. 8 2005
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If you play limit hold'em you have to own this book. I've read Cloutier/McEvoy but it doesn't hold a candle to Small Stakes Hold'em.
It was the 11th poker book I bought. I wish it had been the second. It's not for complete newbies. Once you know the mechanics of the game and what beats what, it's priceless. It holds so many valuable concepts that other books don't really get into (hidden outs, the value of suited cards at loose, low-limit games, and why you love those players that never fold).
Since I read SSHE and got back to limit hold'em, I've made a killing. In 11 days of playing 6-max online (at .50/$1 and $1/2) I've made $300...many times what I paid for the book.
If you're just starting in poker, or you've been playing for a while and don't own this book...BUY IT!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty basic Jan. 11 2013
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This is a good Holdem book; mostly geared toward tournament play in my opinion. The Material presents basic poker concepts in fairly understandable, though somewhat dry, format. Beyond the basic; I'm afraid the game has evolved beyond the strategies in this book; if you're gonna play a cash game at a casino using these strategies; you're going to lose money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written Jan. 10 2013
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A really in-depth limit hold'em book. I really enjoyed reading it, and it helped me build a solid understanding of Limit games, and even no limit games. I'd suggest this to anyone wanting to get some solid strategy advice for limit games, and is a helpful read for no limit players, as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, Good read Nov. 16 2010
This was one of the first books I picked up after playing poker for about a year with little success outside of home games. There is nothing in this book that will turn you pro, but it has an insane amount of sound information that will make you a better player.

One thing I did not realize when I bought this, was that it is mostly based on Limit Hold'Em. I mostly play No Limit, which is very different as most people know. This book obviously fails to handle the extremely aggressive opponents found in many small stakes games, but it will give you enough information to know what hands to play/fold, and how to enter MOST average pots in a No Limit game.

Of course, the main difference is that this book assumes most people will see their hand through to the end, since you cant overbet in Limit games, and that is where you should make money. This book obviously fails to handle bluffing and stealing pots/blinds which is common in the No Limit game.

This book is well worth it and has a wealth of information for any poker player. Do not limit yourself, since this book really got me to understand pot odds, outs, common betting strategies, and when to be aggressive vs. passive. Definately recommend this book.
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