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Title:  Getting Started in Hold'em
Author:  Ed Miller
Publisher:  Two Plus Two
Price:  $12.21
Pages:  203
ISBN:  1880685341
rating:  texas holdem poker book review stars

As the title indicates, this is a book for Texas Hold' em Poker beginners. In Getting Started in Hold'em, Ed Miller introduces all aspects of the game that a novice should first learn about. Rules of the game, difference between fixed limit and no-limit, tournaments, starting hands requirements, pot odds, pot equity, bluffing, etc.

This is an easy to read primer, which also introduces intermediate and advanced strategies. The emphasis is on limit holdem poker with a shorter part dedicated to no-limit, and this is reasonable for an introduction to texas holdem, given that no-limit is a more complicated version of limit holdem poker.

Getting Started in Hold' em is remarkable for at least one reason, which is that it has inspired the "short stack" strategy now commonly encountered in online no-limit holdem cash games. Ed Miller "re-invented" this strategy with the intent to provide the novice player with an easy methodology to start playing no-limit texas holdem without getting slaughtered by more experienced shark players, but his child is now flying with its own wings.

The idea of the online poker strategy as explained in our playing short-stacked article, is to play a low variance poker game by buying-in for the minimum, fold or push all-in, and quickly move to another table when one's stack gets bigger. It is now known that this strategy can have positive expected value if played optimally by good players. These players are perceived as being annoying at the tables by the online community, showing that the strategy has good merit.

In the limit section of Getting Started in Hold' em, Ed miller presents key concepts while making an in-depth analysis of hands from a real game of texas holdem poker. Hence the reader can learn how to play texas holdem with practical examples mixed with theory, instead of the usual drier theoretical material found in most poker books. Topics include pot odds, implied odds, the importance of aggression, hand domination, hand protection, value betting, position and semi-bluffing.

If you are new to Texas Hold' em Poker or if you know it but need to refresh your foundations, Getting Started in Hold'em will help improve your understanding of the game. Easy and enjoyable to read, it is one of the best introductory texts if you want to play texas holdem on the Internet. It will provide you with a solid basis of theoretical and applied knowledge and will steady your game.

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