Book Review: Phil Gordon's Little Green Book of PokerFebruary 5, 2010 10:39 am
Phil Gordon is well known in the poker world as the 6ft 9 inch presenter of a host of poker related shows, which have included Celebrity Poker Showdown, the WSOP Championship Event live Internet broadcast and the Pro-Am Poker Equalizer.
Poker pro Gordon has also 15 years of poker playing experience, has earned over $1.7 million from live tournament cashes and with a 4th place finish at the 2001 WSOP Main Event, is amply qualified to write this little gem of a poker strategy book.
In his Little Green Book of Poker, the author sets out in a relaxed conversational manner, to provide the best possible grounding for players at beginner and intermediate levels. Although he concentrates exclusively on the game of no limit texas hold’em with the focus on tournament play, many of the concepts discussed are still equally applicable to cash games.
The genius of his writing style combined with his clear analytical mind means that Gordon is able to condense and encapsulate the major elements of his own winning poker game into one relatively compact and practical mini book.
Phil Gordon emphasises that deciding which two cards to play and from which position is one of the most important choices a poker player has to got to make, and so he provides detailed information on these areas to help reinforce good solid poker decisions. He provides equally as valuable information on the flop, turn and river, which scare cards to look for on the turn, and how to extract maximum value on the river.
To round off one of the most practical and concise poker books ever written on the subject, Gordon then explains the basic mathematics necessary to play the game well, as well as identifying the psychology behind the different player types.
In conclusion, Phil Gordon makes the claim that, “anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation and dedication…” In his Little Green Book, Gordon has shown his teaching credentials and has managed to write a practical but entertaining poker strategy book which will help the reader make that goal a reality.