Here is a brief review of this reference poker book.
Discipline is everything in poker. As any player who has played more than a few hands of poker (especially Texas hold'em) will tell you, there are many ups and downs to the game. Your good starting hands will lose to bad starting hands more than you like, and your good plays will be thwarted by seemingly horrible ones too often for your pleasure.
A player who is not in control of his emotions will often react negatively after this happens, forget every sound tactic he has learned, and go on a tilt that may cost him all his chips. This is why Zen and the Art of Poker is a must read for anyone starting out in the game.
Phillips applies Zen philosophies to the poker arena and shows the player how to deal with adversity at the tables. He stresses the importance of mastering your emotions, having the discipline to play well when things may be going bad, and the virtues of maintaining detachment from the game.
Too many new players (and many seasoned ones) abandon sound play when they keep losing to bad players. Consequently, both their bankroll suffer.
By instilling a sense of calm and control in the reader, the author helps one to look at poker as a long term endeavor and therefore focus on playing correctly at the toughest times. Key information for poker success.
Learning about poker does not end with these books, but rather, it begins with them. Although becoming a proficient poker player is not easy, the new enthusiast may find it a lot less difficult once armed with the tools offered in the books mentioned here.
Without a doubt, there is enough sound advice to keep a person busy learning hold 'em for quite some time. Once a player has absorbed much of this wisdom and knowledge, he or she might want to tackle some more in depth and sophisticated titles, like David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker or Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players (also Sklansky).
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