How Good Is Your Pot-Limit Hold'Em? (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/5
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Learn this unique poker strategy from one of the best pot limit hold'em players in the world.
Rueben has been a professional player for over 30 years, longer than anyone else in the U.K. He wrote the world's first Poker column which appeared in Mayfair Magazine in the 1960s.
In the introduction on page 6 the author states: "Except where I have dabbled on the internet and now one tournament, I have not played any hold'em for some years." Uh-oh.
On page 9 is given the ranking of starting hands. Q-8 suited is listed twice: in position #47 and again in position #53 (which is still in group eight but the odds of occurrence are given as different). Also, 10-7 offsuit is listed in position #70 whereas 10-7 suited is not on the list at all.
Here are two questions and their scores from HGIYPLHE:
From page 66:
The board at the river is: 9d 8s 4d 3c 3h
You have: Ah Jh
The pot contains: $6250
Your only opponent bets: $6000
Do you (a) pass, (b) call, or (c) raise $4000 all-in?
The answer on page 67 is: four points for (a), ten points for (b), and one point for (c). Yes, you read that right: the highest score is awarded to calling a pot-size bet with only Ace-high.
From page 58:
The board at the turn is: Kh 10d 7h 4h
You have: Ah Ks
The pot contains: $9075
You check (!) and your only opponent goes all-in for $8500.
Do you (a) pass, or (b) call?
The answer on page 59 is: ten points for (a) and zero points for (b). I guess the pot odds of over 2 to 1 just aren't good enough for Mr. Reuben here, since he is only (!) holding top-pair top-kicker with the nut flush draw (and quite possibly aces and kings are outs ... and also if the board pairs with a 10 or a 7 or a 4 it may counterfeit our opponents hand of two pair rather than giving him a full house).
Now it is true that further details behind these two hands are given, but those details just highlight the inability of Mr. Reuben to adapt to changing conditions and instead point out his stubbornness in sticking to his opinion of what his opponents must be holding, while disregarding the information contained in the actual bets that lead up to the situations upon which these two questions are based.
Having read these and a couple of other examples in the book, I decided that taking any advice from Mr. Reuben on pot-limit hold'em would be a bad idea. And as others here have noted, the "bonus" CD-ROM attached in the rear of the book is worthless.
I have to say that I was taken aback when I first opened "How Good Is..." because it looked kind of like a workbook with check in boxes and little quizzes for each hand. Then I saw that the free CD actually was the download disk for Royal Vegas poker, which, in my mind, is an awful site. So, with some trepidation, I began to read this one, and must admit to being pleasantly surprised by the advice it contained. American readers should not be put off by the fact that some of the pot values are represented in English pounds because, you'll soon realize, that the exact amounts have little to do with the functionality of the instruction.
Stewart Reuben is a retired professional, and he definitely knows what he is talking about. He has a engaging personality and is an enjoyable narrator. Inside, he offers up 58 hands for analysis. Over the course of them, many mentions are made of his old poker pals and famous players like Jack Keller or Devilfish Ulliot. Personally, I did not take the quizzes as I went along but I read a couple of the hands twice after recognizing the way in which I mishandled similar scenarios at the table. Lastly, there's a chart on page 9 that shows hand rankings which was so good I forever marred my copy by tearing it out and placing it alongside my computer monitor as a guide.
The correct answer has nothing to do with whether or not you win the hand.
Reuben's writing is humorous and entertaining. Comments such as "A perfect score. You are not welcome at our table." He does use "gay" as an adjective far too often and that is irritating, but I can live with it. Most Americans think most Brits are gay, anyway, except for tough guys like Sean Connery and Margaret Thatcher. It is a sophmoric term for an adult of a reasonable age. I have never met a raise that wanted a civil union.
The drawbacks of this technique occur when the correct strategy is to fold, yet the quiz goes on. If I folded before the flop, I don't have much of a decision on the river.
Still, the few nit picking things aside, a truly enjoyable book. And the Royal Vegas cds on the back inside cover make nice frisbees.
FEEL THE RUSH OF POT LIMIT HOLDEM!!!