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Mike Caro does not need to be introduced. He is a poker friend of Doyle Brunson who asked him to write a chapter in his poker treatise, Doyle Brunson's Super System, first published in 1978 and considered like the poker bible.
Mike Caro also wrote a classic of poker, Caro's Book of Poker Tells, which is considered to be the ultimate reference book about poker tells, i.e. body language betraying a poker player's hand strength. Mike wrote a few other books, and Caro's most profitable Hold'em Advice is a general intermediate Texas Hold'em book with a lot of pragmatic advice.
With nearly 400 pages Caro's most profitable Hold'em Advice covers a lot of territory while being very enjoyable to read and without complex mathematics. Some of the concepts developed are starting hands, bluffing, image, tells, betting tactics and tournament strategy.
Mike Caro writes casually as if he was having a conversation with you. But what a conversation! Imagine hearing a poker legend discuss his more than three decades of poker experience with you. Every page is full of details recollected from his encyclopedic knowledge of poker.
The chapter "Treating Hold'em as a business" is pure gold. Leave your ego in the closet and do not play to prove how smart you are. Reading, understanding and applying this chapter will save you a lot of money.
Mike Caro is called the Mad Genius of Poker because he advocates to project a reckless image in order to get more calls when you have a big hand. This is a playing style that only experts can master, so take this part of his advice with caution and focus on the more fundamental concepts instead.
This is a book for intermediate holdem players who want to have a source of rumination about poker. The key concepts are bankroll management, bluffing, image, psychology, manipulation, pre and postflop concepts, specific strategies for low-limit games, tells, advanced betting concepts and tournaments. The end of the book contains valuable tables with all sorts of holdem odds charts.