become a poker wizard, you don't need to be athletic or born with a
silver spoon in your mouth. The cards don't care if you're black or
white, male or
female, young or old, rich or poor, because poker is one
of the world's great equalizers. Surprisingly, lots of people just rely
on luck and don't make any effort to learn how to play correctly. When
you know what you are doing and can bring a bit of wizardry to the
game, you have a tremendous advantage over most of your opponents."
Wizards is a compilation of
interviews with several of the world's most accomplished poker players:
- Chris Ferguson, aka
"Jesus," talking about game theory and "intellectualizing gut feeling."
- Dan Harrington, author
on Hold 'em
- T.J. Cloutier, author
To Win The Championship: Hold'em Strategies for The Final Table
- Daniel Negreanu,
author of Power
Hold'em Strategy, discussing
the psychological traits important to successful players.
- Mike Sexton, author of
of a Kind, advocates aggressive
- Marcel Luske
emphasizing the importance of hand selection
- Kathy Liebert, the #1
female money winner in tournament poker.
- Mel Judah, a World
Poker Tour titlist with career earning over $3 million.
- Marc Salem, author of Marc
Salem's Mind Games: A Practical Step-by-step Guide to Developing Your
Mental Powers, revealing some
physical tells to look for in your opponents.
organized the interviews, each about 20 to 30 pages,
around key subjects like psychology and tournament strategy and "the
makings of a poker wizard. He provides a summary
end of the book.
The "wizards" all agree on the importance of discipline, study, and
hours of practice as the keys to improving one's game. There are no
magical tricks or subversive systems at work in any of these players'
approach, and none offer a comprehensive set of guidelines. Instead,
the book is filled with brief nuggets of "wizdom," as Dunnet calls them.
Best for players in no-limit hold'em tournaments, this book also
includes some insights into limit hold'em and cash games, and general
advice about poker in general.
the World's Top No-Limit Hold'em Poker Players
by Warwick Dunnett
All the pros consider betting patterns to be far more important than
physical tells. How a player bets in given situations is an invaluable
predictor of the cards he holds, and how he may act in similar
situations later in the game.. .
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