Last week I received it in the form of Eileen Sutton’s new book Total Poker Manual: 226 Essential Poker Skills, which Owen, who was well-wishers for early Christmas gifts, published with Card Player magazine.
It was a great Christmas gift, and I think others will find one, too. For those looking for something related to poker, the gift could be given to the entertainment player in life, or a newcomer who is curious about poker. I realize we’re cutting back a little, and I think you may have already done all your holiday shopping, but if you’re like most people I know, no, you haven’t. 슬롯머신
To begin with, the Total Poker Manual is a large, glossy book for me filled with full-color photos, such as a coffee table book or an extra large magazine. This can be a great option to sit out at a coffee table or somewhere else noticeable, and soothe the curiosity of guests who don’t know much about poker hobbies, assuming you’re still talking to people who don’t play poker. While poker seems friendly and glamorous, emptying an overly annotated copy of the myth of poker talent can also offend a beginner (anyway, you should hide your secrets where no one can steal them).
The book’s content is a grab bag, which is mainly comprised of introductions to poker’s culture and industry as a whole, as well as the rules and strategies of the game. The book includes interviews with today’s poker experts, such as Randy “Nanoko” Le, Brian Rast, and Ed Miller, as well as profiles of several female players, including guest articles, and new names, such as Kelly Minkin and Xuan Liu. It’s funny to see a group of professionals weighing different from the same handful of superstar names, which are typically used to increase the visibility of publications. For example, there’s a preface from Andrew Brokos, the host of the Outstanding Thinking Poker podcast (among other achievements), which gives even better support than in the case of Phil Helmut, who talks about how the book is pretty much the same anyway. While the biggest part of the book focuses on unlimited holdovers, mixed games are also covered for obvious reasons, as there’s much more general information about everything from how to host a home game to the great moment of prop betting (and Antonio Espandiari’s infamous lung betting is profiled).
There are many hidden jokes among them. These aren’t visually identifiable, but I realize that it can’t be a good idea to sit there and search the world like regular advice until you start reading it, and to take off one piece of clothing for each class you don’t want to and stop giving you unsolicited advice. I find these interesting, but I recommend that you pass any advice you take from this book before you act, especially if you are not familiar with jokes or have low common sense.
Most of the information is real information, but it certainly shoots for width rather than depth. If you’re a serious player, you probably already know most of the things here, and things you don’t know are likely gossip or end points in history. The best way a serious player can do with this book is to give it to someone else who is curious who might try to explain everything in poker terms that he or she doesn’t understand and kill it by mistake.
As someone who dedicated himself to reading the Poker 101 books throughout 2016, much of his strategy advice wasn’t entirely new to me. But I still had fun reading it, and I appreciated countless illustrations. I also had a great time trying to figure out as many as I could, because not all of the players in the picture are attractive. The Tip-by-Tip format allows you to pick up and read as many as you want, and for example, you can only find the fun parts when you want to read all of the interviews.
This is not an introductory book because it is a lobby-level book: Its purpose is to show off the theme from the best possible perspective, help visitors recognize all of their different options and move where they want to, and make them feel comfortable and welcome. It does a great job.