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Book Review - Matt Matros
I just finished reading The Making Of A Poker Player- How An Ivy League Math Geek Learned To Play Championship Poker, and I'm quite impressed. It's a page turner, and is an excellent book for those unfamiliar with most things poker, as he takes you from day 1 of his poker career to his 3rd place cash in the WPT championship.

vill, and liminial_space - I highly recommend you check this book out! He takes great pains to explain the lingo-ese and immerse you into the World of Poker.

It's also interesting for some more advanced players, as he gets later into the books: he goes over his tournament strategies, and how to play short handed, and how he plays higher stakes online poker.

I'm also reading Ace on the River- An Advanced Poker Guide, but I'm really having a hard time getting into it - it's a bit to 'glitzy' for me: I'm not used to so many pictures.

Also, please see here if you have any questions you want me to answer on my own poker journey.

PLUS, if you really love me, you will buy me this t-shirt. (Thanks April for the link)

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felicialee1 From: felicialee1 Date: August 4th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've noticed a trend. Mostly it's glaringly obvious on 2+2, but in general, the real math geeks love Matros, hate Greenstein. The mostly live, higher limit players love Mastros, love Greenstein. The Internet players love Matros, hate Greenstein. The old time players are bored by Matros, love Greenstein.

Just some observations. I expected that you wouldn't dig Greenstein at all.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: August 4th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that because I'm a math geek or because I'm an internet player and not a live higher limit player? :)
felicialee1 From: felicialee1 Date: August 4th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Math geek.

As you play year after year, live, you'll probably come to appreciate Greenstein more and more. All of the "obvious" little tips in his book will enhance your game as you realize that they may SEEM obvious, but not many players are taking advantage of these tips, even yourself. It's definitely more of a poker psychology book than a poker strategy or theory book.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: August 4th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, i've noticed that a lot of them are obvious but are in the "that's a whole lot easier to say than do".

But some of the things he's said particularly in what makes a good player or not are very interesting. I found myself trying to answer his list of 10 questions the way I THOUGHT he would answer them and found out that was mostly wrong! If I'd answered the questions how I really would answer them if I wasn't trying to ace the quiz, I did quite well.

If that makes sense...
From: jacksup Date: August 16th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Come on Felicia, someone must hate me. :)

Poker Princess, glad you enjoyed the book.

maigrey From: maigrey Date: August 16th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Excuse me as I go all fangirl now...

But you just made my day by this comment. :)

I'm an avid reader of your journal/website as well, and just wish I could do hand analysis as well as you do; I'm not quite a math geek, just a math geek groupie.
jellymillion From: jellymillion Date: August 16th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

OK, then - if you really want...

I'll volunteer to hate you for no reason at all. Not very good at hating - what do I do now? Come to think of it, Amazon must hate you a little - your book is still not available from them in the UK. Late September, they're now quoting me. So I can stop hating you now. Until the book arrives at least.
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