The Illustrated Guide to Texas Hold'em
Written by Haunted Poker for exclusive
In this highly visual book, Purdy goes from the basics
of the game to some intermediate and advanced concepts.
The text is based on fixed-limit hold'em ring games, and
beginners will like the easy-to-see visual
representations of each hand. Following the situation,
Purdy will give his insights along with some useful
essays on other poker topics. However, I disagree that a
cardroom is the best place for a new player to start as
I think it would be more intimidating and costly than
starting at micro-limits online.
Overall, I feel like this is one of the best books that
beginners can learn the game with and intermediate
players can plug leaks with. While I didn't have
extremely high expectations for this text as I felt like
it might have been a late copycat into the Limit Hold'em
strategy market, I was pleasantly surprised at the
breadth of the content and the fact that it wasn't
exactly like every other low-limit book.
Every other page will have a full table graphic and
present you with a specific situation. This part is easy
to understand and you should make your own conclusions
before reading Purdy's explanation of what you should
do. He gives a good amount of information on each
situation and provides some good food for thought for
beginners at the beginning and end of the book.
The price is still low on this book, and I think that it
is an underexposed gem for new players and still
informative for more advanced players. If you like to
learn graphically or get a preview of seeing a digital
representation of the table as you will online, you'll
also appreciate the large graphics that accompany each
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