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The Psychology of Poker

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Poker demands many skills and strategies. To be successful, you must be able to master all of them and then apply them at the appropriate times. They include proper hand selection, appropriate aggression, bluffing, semi-bluffing, understanding tells and telegraphs, choosing the right games, and reading hands. These skills do not come easily since they require unnatural act ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Two Plus Two Pub. (first published April 30th 2000)
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Dec 15, 2010 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Good but not a must read, except of the appendix. Back there, for each of the four types of poker players, Schoonmaker has two solid pages on the characteristics of each type. He tells you how to beat, what styles of play work against each player. He also devotes two pages per style to help you improve, depending your poker type.

Read this book if you know your poker odds but need help understanding how to read players.
Sep 12, 2009 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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In the end, poker really is a mind game.
Gerard Byrne
Another must read and reread to help your game.
Pretty good. Has some original elements that other poker books don't have.
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Alan Schoonmaker earned his Ph.D. in industrial psychology at U of California, Berkeley. He taught and did research at UCLA, Carnegie-Mellon, and Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain. After running management development at Merrill Lynch, he worked as a consultant in twenty-nine countries on all six continents. His clients included the world's largest corporations such as IBM, Mobil, GE, GM, a ...more
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