Archive for the ‘NL Hold’em Books’ Category

Amazon Love for PokaPaloma’s First Book

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Yesterday, I posted about my new book, Playing No Limit Hold’em Cash Games at a Casino for the First Time.

Today, I logged into Amazon to purchase a friend’s Kindle book. While there, Amazon showed me a link to the Top Rated Kindle books about Poker. I clicked on that to see who was listed, and Bamm! right there on the right hand side, my book was getting some love from Amazon under Hot New Releases section! Gotta love it… Thanks, Amazon!

Amazon Love for Playing no limit holdem cash games at a casino for the first time

Playing No Limit Hold’em Cash Games at a Casino for the First Time

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Hey, so, you haven’t heard from me in a while. Been caught up finishing up a Kindle book for no limit hold’em players who are going to play cash games in a casino the first time.  Here’s the cover:

 Playing no limit holdem cash game in a casino for the first time

There’s lots of books out there coaching you on no limit hold’em strategy; giving tips on the hands to play, calculating pot odds, how to size your bets, and the like. This book addresses the telltale signs of first-timers and provides tips on how to make your first-time status less obvious to the other players at the table.

Now, why would you want to do that?  Because when you go to the casino table for the first time, you want to spend some time there, practice your game and gain some live-play experience. You don’t want to be out of cash in twenty minutes, and, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself. This statement by Daniel Skolovy of sums up the first time playing cash games in a Casino experience nicely:

“The whole casino environment is an orgiastic feast of overstimulation. It’s only natural to feel a little freaked out…” 

It’s an exhilarating and anxiety-producing experience for sure, but, you don’t have to get so freaked out that you get busted out before you start to feel comfortable at the table.

This book is for the novice poker player who is venturing out to play no limit hold’em cash games in a casino for the first time and wants to control “how” freaked out he/she gets. Donkey poker player It is loaded with tips that are intended to help the new-to-casino-cash-games poker player look less like a donkey, or a “fish”, as newbies to casino cash play are called. “Donkey” and “fish” are labels assigned to players who play poorly. This book is about how to not look like a donkey when you sit at the table. Whether you end up playing like a donkey is up to you.

I’ve witnessed plenty of first-time playing-in-the casino poker players being taken advantage of by more experienced players. I know that if the lack of experience was not so obvious, the newbie would have held on to his/her chips longer.

In no limit hold’em, information is power, and when you sit down in the casino for the first time, you don’t want the other players to know how little experience you have playing in the casino environment. Experienced players tend to show more respect to other experienced players.

At the casino, you are playing with your hard-earned cash and every other player at the table, no matter how friendly or engaging, wants all the cash at the table. No one came to fold. Presenting yourself as having some level of cash game experience is one way to help you protect your chips so you can stay in the game longer and gain more live play experience.

Learn how to register to play cash games, why you should avoid buying the minimum amount of chips, where to place your chips, how much to lead out on a bet, how a casino rewards card can help, about chopping the blinds, straddle bets, tipping the dealers, showing your cards, and more.

After reading this book you will be better prepared to block everything else out and focus on your game while you face a table of no limit hold’em cash players in a casino for the first time.

Read the book, go play no limit holdem cash games for the first time in a casino, and come back hear to tell us about your experience.

If you found the book helpful, leave a review on Amazon. If you experienced things that you think should be added to the book, email me.

What Every BODY is Saying Book Review

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I posted a book review for What Every BODY is Saying by Joe Navarro with Marvin Karlins, Ph. D.

No limit hold’em poker book reviews

Deal Me In – Phil Hellmuths New Book

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Thanks to @ppapoker for leading me to a CardPlayer article about Phil Hellmuth’s new book, Deal Me In. The article entitled, Deal Me In — Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu: An Exclusive Excerpt from Phil Hellmuth’s New Book, was written by Stephen A. Murphy.

Mr. Murphy says,

“Deal Me In, a collection of autobiographical accounts from many of poker’s elite, is now available to order online exclusively at The book highlights the struggles, obstacles, and tragedies that 20 of the greatest poker pros have overcome in their journeys to the top.”

Mr. Murphy continues the article with the excerpt from Daniel Negreanu’s story.  I enjoyed that. Clicked over to this other CardPlayer article by Mr. Murphy from May 2009, Hellmuth’s New Poker Book Profiles the Game’s Greats. Mr. Murphy quotes Hellmuth as saying,

“Each player gives you a behind-the-scenes look into their early years as scrappy, amateur players and how they broke into the big-time professional ranks,” said Hellmuth. “The pros cover their humble beginnings, the obstacles they overcame, the demons they faces, and ultimately the success they enjoyed.”

I looked at the names of the poker pros who were included in the book, then hopped over to the Poker Brat’s store and purchased a copy.

The poker pros who contributed (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Chad Brown
  2. Doyle Brunson
  3. Johnny Chan
  4. Allen Cunningham
  5. Annie Duke
  6. Tom Dwan
  7. Peter Eastgate
  8. Chris Ferguson
  9. Layne Flack
  10. Chau Giang
  11. Jennifer Harman
  12. Phil Hellmuth
  13. Phil Ivey
  14. Howard Lederer
  15. Carlos Mortensen
  16. Daniel Negreanu
  17. Scotty Nguyen
  18. Annette Obrestad
  19. Erik Seidel
  20. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott

Great reading for my plane ride to Las Vegas in November. I’m looking forward to seeing lucky #13 playing at the WSOP Main Event Final Table:-)! I’ll post a book review when I’m done.

Poker Tells Book Review

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Today I added a book review for Mike Caro’s Caro’s Book of Poker Tells. This is an updated version of Caro’s original book entitled Caro’s Book of Tells.  Check out the No Limit Hold’em Book Reviews.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

Continuing on the theme of recognizing and hiding poker tells and using body language to read your opponents, the next book review will be What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro.

Read'Em and Reap by Joe Navarro

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Just posted a book review of Phil Hellmuth Presents Read’Em and Reap by Joe Navarro.

The last book I reviewed was Randy Burgess’ Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells. Mr. Burgess’ book was helpful and I enjoyed it. This book by Joe Navarro I enjoyed even more as it contained more of the information that I was looking for, as well as more photos that depicted slight changes in body language.

Continuing on the theme of deciphering and hiding poker tells, the next book review will be Caro’s Book of Poker Tells by Mike Caro.

No Limit Texas Hold'em Book Reviews

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Books are listed alphabetically by title. Click on the graphic or the title to learn more about each book. … Last update Oct. 12, 2009

Caro's Book of Poker Tells

Caro’s Book of Poker Tells
by Mike Caro
2008, Cardoza Publishing

Gus Hansen Every Hand Revealed Thumbnail

Every Hand Revealed
by Gus Hansen
2008, LYLE STUART BOOKS, Kensington Publishing Corp.


No Limit Hold’em Theory and Practice
by David Sklansky and Ed Miller
2006, Two Plus Two Publishing LLC


Phil Hellmuth Presents Read’em and Reap
A career FBI agent’s guide to decoding poker tells
by Joe Navarro
2006, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.


Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells
Devastate Opponents by Reading Body Language, Table Talk, and Much More
by Randy Burgess with Carl Baldassarre
2006, Triumph Books

What Every BODY is Saying Thumbnail by Joe Navarro

What Every BODY is Saying
An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
by Joe Navarro with Marvin Karlins, Ph. D.
2008, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.