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Poker Wisdom of a Champion Review

11 April 2008, By:

Doyle Brunson is a living legend in the world of poker. The author of one of the first poker books ever, Supersystem, he is still one of the top cash and tournament players today. He won back-to-back WSOP Championships in '76 and '77, and has taken nine gold bracelets at the WSOP, a feat which ties him for the record with Johnny Chan and Phil Helmuth. His strategic advice in Supersystem was groundbreaking and much of it still holds true today.
In his new tome, with a foreward by Mike Caro, Doyle weaves fantastic yarns of high-stakes poker, and of things he saw and took place in.

The stories are very interesting even to people who don't play poker, but if you play poker you can glean a great deal of wisdom from this book. The stories are only three or four pages long so it's easy to enjoy a little bit here and there, but interesting enough that you could read the whole book at a sitting. I found it hard to put the book down, especially knowing that "just one more" story would be just a few more pages.
Some of the stories deal with people who went broke, and how and why it happened, which can help you from going broke the same way.

One story is about a guy who brought his girlfriend to the game and tried to impress her, but ended up going broke. (Moral: Don't play poker to impress your girlfriend.) Another story tells of a home game that never got off the ground. (Moral: If you're running a home game and want people to come back, don't be a jerk.) Another story was about a tight, predictable player who played on tilt one night and played the best poker of his life without knowing it. (Moral: Change gears often when playing poker.)
I found this book to be quite entertaining and educational. In Doyle's own words from the end of the book, "Games have changed and so have their players, but the theory remains the same. At a time when poker is more popular than ever, the messages in the anecdotes are sure to ring true." They certainly do, Doyle, they certainly do.

Language: eng


User Comments:

Posted by ToDieFor81 on Feb 19, 2005 - 09:06 AM
My score: 5

whats the publisher and what year is it brought out??
ive been searching for books about poker but no where i can find them i have to order them

Posted by hess on Mar 23, 2005 - 07:57 PM
My score: 4.5

ToDieFor, it is an old book. It came out a few years after Doyle won back-to-back titles. If I had to guess, I would say 1981.

Posted by sbtrojans on Apr 02, 2005 - 03:47 PM
My score: 5

I dont like this site. I would prefer to use Pokerstars.

Posted by Raiser on Apr 06, 2005 - 08:30 PM
My score: 5

very good book edited by one of the bests...

Posted by yodoha on Apr 27, 2005 - 01:17 AM
My score: 5

Intresting review. Sounds like a good book. Hes famous and if i can learn something new from reading his book than i think its worth getting.

Posted by RP_Buddha on Aug 16, 2005 - 04:39 AM
My score: 5

This book gives you a different aspect of situations. You have to remember that doyle is explainging things that happend to him and what he did. If you interpert wisely this book will help your game.

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