Posts Tagged ‘poker books’

Poker’s 1% by Ed Miller

by , Mar 19, 2014 | 12:45 am


Ed Miller’s latest book, Poker’s 1% reveals the secret of poker’s most elite players.  The book exposes this secret in one word: frequency. Ed states that the biggest winners in no-limit hold ’em know that winning play requires playing each hand with the proper frequency. He demonstrates how playing hands correctly and applying this knowledge makes your opponents effectively beat themselves.

While the book touches on which hands to bet, raise, and fold in different scenarios, this isn’t a typical poker strategy book. It’s a book about poker thinking and poker learning. You will gain a fair amount of knowledge just from reading it, but the book is really designed to teach you how to go about determining for yourself what these frequencies should be. Don’t expect to read this book and magically win every chip on the table each time you play.  To get the most out of Poker’s 1% you must be prepared to do a lot of work away from the table.

The first five sessions of $1-$3 no limit that I played immediately after reading the book were some of the most profitable and enjoyable sessions I have ever had. If you have the desire to improve your game and the willingness to do the work that is required, this book is for you. Ed presents the necessary steps in an easy to understand manner and it’s a great resource for anyone wanting to improve their game. Learn more about it at Ed’s website or on Amazon.

Welcome to a New Era of Fighting Tilt and Saving Dave’s Bankroll

by , May 3, 2013 | 7:08 pm


Clearly my life would be better if it weren’t for that friggin’ flush card.

Nevada online poker is here! Kinda-sorta at least for those not on a Mac and/or Verizon. Dan stops by the offices of the new to find an old-school PokerStars crew manning the Station Casinos outpost, while Dave pops in to a near-Strip location to fund his account with real money he someday hopes to play. Things are looking up for the Vegas Grinders crew, but just to be sure it stays that way, poker’s premier mentalist Jared Tendler pops into the VG virtual studio to see how Dave’s doing, and in the process pumps us full of general life wisdom-science for optimal ways to combat extended downswings, “beaten dog syndrome,” and Mid-WSOP burnout. Yet in the end he tells Dave not to read his new book, WTF?

Vegas Grinders 1.12


Vegas Grinders: Sleeper?

by , Apr 22, 2013 | 3:44 pm


Ooh, I’m so close to being ready to party!

Andrew’s coming off a discouraging min-cash in a Venetian Deep Stack event, Dave just can’t seem to win no matter what he plays, and Dan’s the one noting an impressive Vegas grinder hourly? In this episode, we discuss table buzz about the major New York sports betting busts, Ivey and Negreanu’s Australian bracelet wins (is it the death of poker’s middle class?) and introduce our growing international listenership to Awesome Andrew’s Vegas Social Calendar — just in time for the opening of Hakkasan! But then we really do have to drill down on Dave’s recent woes at the table … to help you find your best way out of your poker holes before an extended downswing becomes a downward spiral of total life despair. And our HOTW … pocket 9s under the gun! Do you know a better way to address the pressing societal issue of open-raising vs. limping in early position with small-to-medium pairs? That’s what we thought. (Enjoy the extra links while listening …)

Vegas Grinders 1.10

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Fire up Your Kindles (for Poker)

by , Oct 4, 2010 | 4:57 am

Is that what they’re called now? Kindle, like stuff you burn? I’ve never read more than a chapter of a “virtual book” before. Maybe one of these days Pauly will figure out how to hawk an audiobook version of his tale of a wayward poker media making the annual desert pilgrimage for poker’s version of the Hajj.

Until then, coming very soon, like in less than a week, your second favorite Tao of Pokerati podcaster is going all iPad prior to going iPod:

If you still want an old-fashioned paper version of the most read and most talked about book of the 2010 WSOP, go here.

Summer Reading on Demand: Buy the Book!

Few names have been changed to protect the innocent

by , Jun 29, 2010 | 5:46 pm

Forget the dated slogan of “What happens in Vegas …” Sin City is an industry as much as it is a way of life for many. And I think certain oldtimers have been waiting for these untold tales since before Dr. Pauly started surfing RGP. A must-read for Oscar Goodman, Carrot Top, and degenerate dregs of humanity alike. Many Vegas pilgrims already know the character behind the copy … and I hear great things about at least one of his minor antagonists.

(I sometimes forget I actually call this place home now, despite Pauly’s warnings not to descend through the gates any more than I had to.)

All hope abandon ye who enter here?

Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker…

Las Vegas lures you to shed moral responsibility and piss away your money on indulgences like decadent food, entertainment, gambling, and sex. If you don’t enjoy these pastimes, then what’s the point of visiting the land of compromised values? Where else can you get a cheap steak, crash a Mexican wedding, get cold-decked in blackjack by a dealer named Dong, play video poker for thirteen straight hours, drink piña coladas out of a plastic coconut, bum a cigarette from an 85-year-old woman with an oxygen tank, speed away to the Spearmint Rhino in a free limo, get rubbed by a former Miss Teen USA, puke in the back of a cab driven by a retired Navy SEAL, snort cheap cocaine in the bathroom at O’Sheas, and then catch a lucky card on the river to crack pocket aces and win a poker tournament? Only in Las Vegas.

Click here to buy your copy now.

McManus Poker Book Makes NYT’s List of 2009 Notables

by , Dec 6, 2009 | 12:28 am

Check it out … the New York Times Book Review, as part of a holiday gift guide, have put out their 100 Notable Books of 2009 … and making the list is Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by Jim McManus.

Of those 100, 55 are non-fiction. Cowboys Full sits between ‘A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent’ by Robert Merry, and ‘Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression’ by Morris Dickstein. Granted, the list is alphabetical, but still …

Take a look at the excerpt the NYT ran last month — titled “Pokertician“. Considering all the good recent press poker has gotten from the likes of the Times, the Wall Street Journal, the National Journal, NPR, et al, you can see how McManus’ book — and his or his publisher’s attached promotional efforts, of course — has done more in 2009 to spread contemporary poker ideology to America’s liberal elitist intellectual set than any press release from PokerStars ever could.

(No offense, Matt, just sayin’ …)

Of course the NYT’s review of McManus’ book is hedlined the (“The Cheating Game“) … so maybe that’s a reminder that despite efforts that may seem to legitimize poker pursuits, the game still will always be thought of as … similar to dieting and matrimony? If so, that might explain why this tome — currently ranked in the Top 500 on Amazon — has apparently struck a chord with at least a few people who aren’t otherwise thinking ’bout poker.

You really should buy Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by Jim McManus. No one’s paying us to say that, but Pokerati will earn at least $0.14 if you do.

Jim McManus + Darvin Moon on NPR

Historical perspectives

by , Nov 14, 2009 | 1:30 pm

Jim McManus appeared on All Things Considered the morning the November Nine was getting underway, to offer a little cultural (and presidential) history of the game, based on his new book, Cowboys Full.

Not to be a spoiler, but the closing line features a sound clip from Darvin Moon, with weekend host Guy Raz saying, “That is Darvin Moon, and he’s about as far away as you can get from poker royalty.” That is a funnier line than Raz even realizes, considering Moon’s resistance to all things sponsorship.

Raz does a follow-up the next day, just on Darvin Moon:

For more academic intellect surrounding Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, check out our favorite new older-than-25 Betfair blogger Shamus’ interview with McManus here.

And for a little low-brow historical perspective on McManus from a pre-Darvin Moon era, here’s my interview with the author of Positively Fifth Street from 2004.

(Yikes, 2004!?!)

WSOP Viewing Parties

by , Nov 9, 2009 | 9:28 am

I wasn’t in the car for more than 30 seconds before I heard some excited WSOP Final Table buzz in parts usually not related to much anything poker … it was on Las Vegas local KOMP 92.3 FM (The Rock Station!) … and they’re hosting a WSOP viewing party at the ESPNZone in New York, New York. They’ve got a special guest and everything — Doyle Brunson — who will be there pimping his new book, The Godfather of Poker.

Neato. “It’s gonna ROCK!”

The Return of Books in Poker?

Two new offerings that people may actually want to read

by , Apr 6, 2009 | 2:17 pm

Once upon a time, poker books were everywhere and everything. Then we found that saturation point, right around the time the poker boom was coming to an end … and it became harder and harder to really care about the latest poker tome … poker books stopped selling, the bookstores took down their dedicated poker racks, and uber-poker geeks like yours truly built up a pile of literature still collecting dust while waiting to be read. I swear I’ll move beyond page 26 of Bill Chen’s The Mathematics of Poker one of these days!

But probably not before reading two books that we can expect later this year: Lost Vegas, by Dr. Pauly … and Check-Raising the Devil, by Mike Matusow (with Tim Lavalli and Amy Calistri). Lost Vegas will be based on much of what we’ve been reading over the years on Tao of Poker, though I personally know the book is what Pauly’s been saving his best, so-far untold stuff for … so I’m confident every poker-industry douche insider will be eager to read what he’s been holding back.

Likewise, Matusow’s tale promises to be the kind of interesting auto-bio that even my grandmother could enjoy — lots of sex, drugs, and crime that just so happens to be set in the world of high-stakes casino gambling and/or prison — by a guy who has seen up-close-and-personal the good, the bad, and the really bad side of it all. Judging both these books by their recently completed covers (click to enlarge), I gotta think there might be something to these pokery stories, even though neither promise to tell you anything about how to play Ace-King.

World Series of Trademarks

by , Mar 10, 2009 | 11:00 am

As we pointed out a week or so ago, the WSOP is actively protecting their name as it pertains to all things paper … books, magazines, etc. … and now, though from what I understand all is normal with Bluff semi-contracted to produce the official WSOP programs again this year, Harrah’s filed an application two weeks ago for ownership of the phrase “World Series of Poker” as it pertains to “event programs”.

The Feds are reviewing the matter.

WSOP Getting into Books, Magazine Business?

by , Mar 3, 2009 | 7:04 am

That’s a question-mark, not a statement of fact. In fact … I just happened to be talking the other day with someone who works with the WSOP and asked: How ’bout WSOP: The Coffee Table Book? Surely you guys are familiar the success of Hot Chicks with Douchebags, right? Seems very apropos to poker …

The answer in the negative was, C’mon, Dan, you’re no Michael Craig time and money, dude. Fair enough, but maybe I was on to something, as just three weeks ago Harrah’s filed a trademark application for the phrase “World Series of Poker” to be theirs as it pertains to:

Books featuring information, news, and entertainment related to gaming and the game of poker; magazines featuring information, news, and entertainment related to gaming and the game of poker

Poker and Bidness

by , Dec 28, 2008 | 6:50 pm

Here’s a good post from a non-poker blog, written by a dude named Tony H, which is sorta like Tony G but different:

Everything I Know about Business I Learned from Poker

It’s a pretty comprehensive analogy … though he does leave out one chapter I’ve got working in my poker/business book — “Beware of Fuggit Mode”.

Bulgarian Poker Books

by , Dec 20, 2008 | 6:51 am

Meanwhile, our buddy Tom, the high-stakes pro who coulda made more money at Bellagio as a volunteer blogger than he did as a poker player during his 5-diamond extended weekend, is apparently all the rage in Bulgaria. Pic #1 of 100 … pretty impressive:

(Thanks, Shamus, for the link.)

New to Me: Life on Tilt

by , Oct 10, 2008 | 10:28 pm

I don’t really get into poker fiction too much — the real-life stories are sordid/compelling enough. But I just stumbled across this novel by John Blowers — Life on Tilt: Confessions of a Poker Dad — and I gotta say, seems kinda intriguing.

Also like the fact that it is available as a downloadable audio book … because you know, actual reading is hard. Kenna James does some of the reading.

I won’t waste your time trying to tell you what it’s all about without having even read/listened to it … but as much as Blowers’s photo frightens me (he looks like The Butler), the first 20 seconds of his promotional vid makes me think it’s gotta be better than Lucky You.

Official website here.

Back-to-Back Harrington

Guy who isn’t Dan’s brother wins British Open

by , Jul 21, 2008 | 3:40 am

Clearly not that closely related.

Hmm, all this time I thought …

Padraig Harrington, brother not-the-brother of poker-great Dan Harrington, won the British Open yesterday at Royal Birkdale in Scotland. Congrats, distant-cousin (several times removed) to poker! That’s two-in-a-row at the British Open for Harrington — making him the first European to repeat in more than 100 years. Wow.

Meanwhile, a lot of people have finally read and are talking about the more pokery Harrington’s new(ish) back-to-back cash game books. Supposedly they’re great — that’s what everynone’s saying. I’m starting to wonder if one of the reasons I’m doing so poorly in golf tournaments these days isn’t because I’m one of the few players who hasn’t read his Iliad on tournament play yet.