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  • Author:
    Phil Hellmuth
  • ISBN:
    0060005726
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060005726
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  • Publisher:
    William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (May 6, 2003)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
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    Puzzles & Games
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  • Rating:
    4.2
  • Votes:
    166
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Phil Hellmuth is the best poker tournament player that I have ever played against. Johnny Chan, Seven-time World Champion of Poker). Play Poker Like the Pros is the best poker strategy book ever written.

Phil Hellmuth is the best poker tournament player that I have ever played against. "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Hall of Fame inductee and poker's greatest ambassador. From the moment I first played poker with Phil I knew that I was witnessing something special. Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, Poker legend and eight-time World Champion of poker).

Read Play Poker Like the Pros, by . Phil Hellmuth, J. a seven-time World Champion of Poker, presents his tournament-tested strategies to beat any type of player, including: The Jackal (crazy and unpredictable)The Elephant (plays too many hands) The Mouse (plays very conservatively)The Lion (skilled and tough to beat)Play Poker Like the Pros begins by laying out the rules and set-up of each game and. then moves on to easy-to-follow basic and advanced strategies.

In Play Poker Like the Pros, poker master Phil Hellmuth, J. demonstrates exactly how to play and win - even if you have never picked up a deck of cards - the modern games of poker, including: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, and Razz

In Play Poker Like the Pros, poker master Phil Hellmuth, J. demonstrates exactly how to play and win - even if you have never picked up a deck of cards - the modern games of poker, including: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, and Razz.

Phil Hellmuth is the all-time World Series of Poker bracelet win Lately I have been trying to learn more about . One book that was immediately to hand for me was Phil Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pros, which my cousin lent me.

I'll have to start asking real people if they've got books.

Phil Helmuth has a lot of poker knowledge and talent. I considered myself an average poker player, until I read this book. His temper is probably the only thing keeping him from being a real factor in any game he plays. This book is great for beginners because it provides the bare basics for each of the popular games in a very easy to follow format. Since reading "Play Poker Like the Pros" and "Super System", I realize that only NOW am I an average player and have so much more to learn and have an insatiable desire to do so. Just reading the first couple chapters changed my game overnight. Phil breaks different players into animal types.

42 people like this topic. demonstrates exactly how to play and win - even if you have never picked up a deck of cards - the modern games of poker, including: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, and Razz. a seven-time World Champion of Poker, presents his tournament-tested strategies to beat any type of player, including: The Jackal (crazy and unpredictable) The Elephant (plays too many hands) The Mouse (plays very conservatively) The Lion (skilled and tough to beat) Play Poker Like the Pros begins by laying.

In Play Poker Like the Pros, poker master Phil Hellmuth, Jr., demonstrates exactly how to play and win -- even if you have never picked up a deck of cards -- the modern games of poker, including: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, and Razz.

Phil Hellmuth, Jr., a seven-time World Champion of Poker, presents his tournament-tested strategies to beat any type of player, including:

The Jackal (crazy and unpredictable)The Elephant (plays too many hands) The Mouse (plays very conservatively)The Lion (skilled and tough to beat)

Play Poker Like the Pros begins by laying out the rules and set-up of each game and then moves on to easy-to-follow basic and advanced strategies. Hellmuth teaches exactly which hands to play, when to bluff, when to raise, and when to fold. In addition Hellmuth provides techniques for reading other players and staying cool under pressure. There are also special chapters on how to beat online poker games and an inside look at tournament play.


Thetahuginn
Sorry Phil, but while this book has some useful concepts (assigning a "type" to each opponent, etc.) and some useful practical advice (if you're a lousier player than your opponents, at least give them some tough decisions to make), it's not near the top of any list of poker books that I'd recommend. I could have given fewer stars, perhaps zero if I'd penalized Phil 0.01 stars for each egotistical thought or sentence in the book. But because it does cause some thought that causes some improvement if you can wade through the ego muck, and doesn't do much harm technically, I'll call it 3 stars.
Fenritaur
This book has some good advice for the absolute beginner. It also has some good advice for the okay player. If you know another game well, and want a quick introduction to a game you don't know, this book will probably be a good, easy, and quick way to do that. Other than that, be careful with this book. It doesn't offer too much "bad" advice, but the advice it does offer needs to be a little clearer before you can take it to heart. It does good to cover lots of games, and it does good by explaining how to handle different player types, but when it gets to advanced topics, it doesn't cover the advanced thinking well enough, which is necessary to really understand the advanced topics. This could really help the beginner, or the okay player, but if you already have read a bunch of books on the game you're looking for, look elsewhere.
Thiama
I actually bought both the paper version and audio version of this book for friends who wanted to learn to play poker. The scenarios Phil Hellmuth gives are real and he describes his losing and winning hands, along with the thought process behind each play. He tells you how to simply and quickly calculate odds and shares examples as well. He gives you the basics of each game and suggests good starting hands for each.

Phil's table image turns off a lot of people but his success is beyond question or doubt. It turns out Mr. Hellmuth is also a pretty good teacher. His beginner's strategy will allow anyone to walk into a card room and play long enough to get the feel for the game and gain table time for experience. I have yet to share this book with anyone who has any negative feedback.
xander
This book was definitely an interesting read. However, the tone is for beginners (although more experienced players will probably pick up a thing or two). Unfortunately for newbies who read this, the playing strategies outlined within will get them killed. Read on...
I really enjoyed the stories about him aggressively raising with weak hands, and pulling down pots. Unfortunately, many of these stories were in the "Beginner" sections. The type of aggression he advocates DOES NOT WORK in a low-level game which has either clueless opponents, or even a couple of better-than-average players. For example, reraising pre-flop in hold 'em with a pair of 7's, and then betting into a scary flop in a multiway pot will absolutely get you killed! Phil is a masterful tournament player, but he would get crushed in the $-$ games that I play in if he followed his own advice.
Throughout the Hold Em and Razz sections especially, he advises players to get a lot of money into the pot early, giving them a reason to stay in the hand later, even if their cards don't improve (specific examples were Ace-King in Hold 'Em and solid low-draws in Razz). What kind of thinking is that? In the Pot Limit Omaha section, he gives the advice, "Look for a reason to fold." Guess what, Phil? That is how any beginning player should think for ALL games.
My last main beef is that the "Advanced" sections preach a change in playing style, but it all revolves around his ability to read other players. Easy for him to say since that ability is what makes him a world-class player! But there's no in-depth discussion about how I can get better at reading players.
As I said above, it is an interesting book, and I'll probably read it again and catch some things I missed the first time. Still, newer players should start elsewhere with books by authors like Lee Jones, Mason Malmuth, and Mike Caro.
Framokay
Yes, Phil Helmuth, Jr. is a ... er, unlikeable guy, and his writing style won't win any awards. On the other hand, this is simply the most understandable book out there for the fundamentals of playing the most popular poker games in the world today, limit, pot-limit and no-limit Hold 'Em, Omaha, Omaha Eight or Better, Seven Card Stud and Razz. Helmuth presents beginner, intermediate and advanced strategies for each, including which starting hands are playable, when to play aggressively versus when to toss it in, and how to play position. There are, in my opinion, books that are better for improving a particular game (T.J. Cloutier's and Tom McEvoy's book on tournament pot-limit Hold 'Em, for instance, gets in-depth on playing this particular game), and books that are better for general poker theory (Sklansky's books, for example), but this is just a great starting place and one of the few books that gives solid "how to" advice. Get over your opinion of the guy -- he's a great player and has written a really useful book.
Manarius
There's no denying that Phil Hellmuth is full of himself, however... he is also a good poker player with a wealth of knowledge.

This was a good book. I had read many others before, so the section on Holdem was difficult to sit through. I did learn a lot about Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7-Card Stud, and Stud Hi/Lo. Those sections were a great start. The first time ever playing those games online... I was sitting there with the book open, reading it, needless to say, I made some money.
Briciraz
Dated, but good when purchased.
excellent