- Paperback: 696 pages
- Publisher: EIGHTH STREET PRESS (June 6 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992069904
- ISBN-13: 978-0992069902
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Poker Player's Guide to MIXED GAMES: Core Strategies for HORSE, Eight-Game, Ten-Game and Twelve-Game Mixes Paperback – Jun 6 2014
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About the Author
Ken Lo has been a student of the game of poker for over 25 years. He holds an Honors degree in computer engineering, and postgraduate degrees in business administration and law from the University of Toronto. He was the recipient of a best blog award, sponsored by PokerStars*. He is also an educator and writer, a mixed games enthusiast, and a dedicated supporter of grassroots poker.
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The information on the book is enough for a begginer player to learn all the basics, have a lot of fun and be competitive on those games on Home Games, , online poker microstakes and live poker small stakes on mixed games
The games on the book are:
Deuce to Seven Trile Draw
Deuce to Seven Single Draw
Seven Card Stud
Crazy Pinnaple Hi /Lo
Pot Liimit Omaha
There are also references to many common mistakes that begginer players do on those games, so the reader can learn how to avoid them and some essential very good tips that can improve a begginer's or intermediate player's game rapidly
The are are also a lot of tables on the book about hand rankings and hand equities on these games (results from simulations) Those tables and statistics can be also usefull to more experienced players.
The book doesn't contain very advanced information on the games, it is mainly written for begginer and intermediate players.
No prior poker experience is required for someone to read and understand the book and play the games, every basic information and strategy needed to start playing the games and beat the begginer stakes is on the book.
All the information on the book are very accurate and can help the reader to play a solid winning game at begginer level stakes.
But beware, don't think that after reading the book you are ready to play against professionals in high stakes tournaments or cash games. Don't even think to try .
The book can be only your first step, after that you need a lot of years of study, research, experience and practise to be able to play those games on high stakes.
But the book is excellent as a first step and the content is enough to be able to beat the lower stakes after reading it
If the book is your first experience on mixed games, try to practise all these that you have learned playing online microstakes games or home games with your friends and family and have a lot of fun! Don't try to play against professional players ...
I gave a 4 to the book instead of a 5 because of this single negative point: The book doesn't explain to an inexperienced reader which stakes he could beat after reading and understanding well all the content. It doesn't give also bankroll management
information or advice. There a lot of high stakes mixed games and tournaments and it is possible that an inexperienced reader after reading the book might think that he is ready to play high stakes and loose all hs money very rapidly
I highy reccomend the book to any begginer player on mixed games and to players that have experience only to No limit holdem. I highly reccomend the book also for Home games, those games have a lot of fun. If you are used to play only No limit holdem to your home games and to Online poker rooms , then it is time to discover and try something much more interesting . I think that online poker mixed games are also much more profitable at microstakes and small stakes than No Limit Holdem and that online players should try mixed games, it worths the effort to learn them.
It may be obvious, but given the number of games covered, don't expect this book to get into deep high-level strategy in any of the games. That's not the point of this book. If you're a hold'em player and you're just looking to get into pot limit Omaha, this is not the book for you. There are other whole books devoted to PLO that would be much more useful to add that one game. This also isn't going to make you a world-class player in badugi or razz. But you're almost never going to see a dedicated badugi or razz cash game, at least in live play. If you want to play mixed games you need to be a jack of all trades, not necessarily a master of any (though that wouldn't hurt) and this book is designed with that in mind.
The only criticism I have is that this book spends maybe a little too much time, and is a bit repetitive, on the very basics, such as hand rankings. (I don't mean *starting* hand rankings, I mean hand rankings; i.e., what hand beats what at showdown). I think it is very helpful to classify starting hands into categories so people can learn which hands to fold up front. It's not as necessary to spend page after page explaining that 7-6-5-4-2 beats 8-5-4-3-2 in the deuce-to-seven games. But after you read a chapter or two, you will get a sense of how each chapter is structured, and you will be able to skip over sections of other chapters as necessary.
I think the value of this is as a reference, where you can look up a new game before trying it, not as a cover-to-cover read. As mixed games start to catch on, this will be very helpful to have.
Besides bring so complete, the author is always open to discussions about it, making the book a great acquisition for someone that wants to be a more complete poker player. The more you know, stronger will be your contacts' network in the Poker world.