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Twice-world champion and Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson and five leading experts in their various specialties tell you when to raise, call, bet, and fold at hold 'em (limit and no-limit), 7-stud (high and low), draw poker, and lowball.

Collaborators David "Chip" Reese, Mike Caro, David Sklansky, Joey Hawthorne, and former world champion Bobby Baldwin. This treatise on professi
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Paperback, Third Edition, 605 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Cardoza (first published 1979)
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Bradford
Nov 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is considered necessary reading if you plan on playing poker professionally. But you will never play poker professionally. Yes, you, reading this review, you won't ever be a professional. You've got about as much chance earning a living playing poker as you do becoming a professional spy. Actually less of a chance, as there are more professional spies in the world. But the book will give you the illusion you might be able to. Let me crush that illusion one more time: You won't. ...more
MadMaxx
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is basically like the bible to poker right here.
Jordan Lewis
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can tell why this is the book on poker. It explains, in a conversational tone, why there is much more to the game than probability and luck. Doyle likes to establish a 'table image', usually of an aggressive player. If you play cards seemingly at random, it will be hard to distinguish between a bluff and a solid hand. Conversely, if you only play the best cards, you may be playing optimally in a vacuum, but good players will recognize this, rarely join you, and if they do, easily predict your ...more
Preston Jr.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great to learn Poker from a world class player. Brunson says in his final words that the reader should now know just as much as he does about poker. I guess the difference is that the reader hasn't necessarily executed it yet. It also does not help that this book might be a tad outdated. ...more
Danm
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poker
This is known as the bible of poker, and I can understand why. There is a lot of in-depth information. Everything Doyle writes seems to be on the money, but there's one catch.

This system worked well back in the 1970s, and probably the 1980s and 1990s, but once Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker and so many people flooded the poker market, it led to a great deal of passion for the game, and those who were most passionate educated themselves as much as possible -- including Super Syst
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Tim S.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: instructional
Although severely outdated in many sections, to the point of being basically useless (the Limit Hold 'Em section for example described a single blind variation of the game no longer spread) this still contains one of the better introductions to NLHE strategy written by Brunson as well as a decent Seven Card Stud primer by Chip Reese. It's also, to my knowledge, the only book containing strategy on Draw, a game very rarely played in casinos but now available on several internet poker sites at low ...more
Marvin
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poker
As a poker player, I always find myself coming back to this book for one reason to another. Although it is very dated now in terms of strategy and current trends, the basics still hold true. It is dubbed the 'Poker Bible' for a reason and a very good reason at that.

Anyone who is just learning poker, or is a casual player wanting to dive more into poker strategy, I always recommend this book. It is a wealth of knowledge, and even though out of date like I said before, there is still things in thi
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Steven
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, sport
The original poker bible is still relevant and entertaining today. Some of the tactics are outdated such as limp raising with aces but the positional and aggressive strategies are as relevant today as back in the day.

Doyle’s autobiography is fascinating. I never knew he was a collegiate scholarship basketball player, who might never have been a poker pro if he hadn’t broken his legs or that he lost his bankroll on first trip to Vegas.
Jeff Anderson
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The classic book on poker by Doyle Brunson. Doyle is to poker what Jeff Cooper is to guns: a larger than life figure who inserts colorful storytelling into his books.
This book will not suffice to teach a person to play poker well, but any serious poker player will read this at some point to learn mindsets of the champions, strategy, and poker history.
A must read for poker enthusiasts.
Richard
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
While certainly a five star guide to playing Poker when it first came out, now it is more of a history lesson than helpful guide to modern Poker. Styles have changed so much since the creation of this book, that if you're looking for your first guide, you might want to examine a more recent book. ...more
Jak
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read the NL TH section when I first got into the game. It's alright but not half as good as some other poker books I've read. ...more
John
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Strictly a view into the past. Don't read it for the quality of the strategy. In fact, I've heard people seriously question whether the no-limit advice might've been propaganda in it's own day. ...more
Arpit Garg
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's the poker 101. A must read. ...more
Frank
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The definitive "Bible" on poker, it covers all poker games you would ever find yourself playing, and every aspect you could possible learn from a book. ...more
Joseph Whitt
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper, poker
When looking for a book of poker basics, I was told this was biblical in the poker community. I honestly am not sure whether to believe that or not but Doyle Brunson provided a textbook of sorts for the basics of playing poker and it was exactly what I was looking for. I am not an accomplished player and even when I read this, I knew the odds of such a thing were against me. But still, the game of poker is incredibly intriguing to me. Brunson's commentary on situations share both the required ma ...more
Ritesh Chhajer
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A man’s true feelings come out in the a Poker game.

“Tight” just means conservative. But a “solid” player is only tight when entering the pot but after he enters, he plays aggressively. Timid players don’t win the high-stakes Poker.

Play mostly tight in a loose game, and mostly loose in a tight game.

No top player drinks while playing. Maintain the discipline. Never play when you’re upset.

In No-Limit Hold’em, position is everything.

Money management and self-discipline are almost the most import
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Corey Sitar
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I put off reading about poker for a very long time because I didn't think I'd be able to remember the things that I'd need to remember in order to actually benefit from the book. Time will tell if this is true or not, but the scenarios presented in each of the chapters were easy to follow and built upon each preceding concept in a way that made it much simpler than I'd expected. I won't become a world class poker player as a result of reading this, but I should enjoy a little more success in my ...more
Alexandra Chauran
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poker-books
I enjoyed reading this historic book! Doyle has a wonderful, engaging tone. This book suffered from some organizational issues. The advice was often disjointed, and the information often presented without actionable applications. However, I'm glad I read it and look forward to reading the sequel that is on my shelf. ...more
Vasu Patel
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. A Bible for "aggressive-Doyle style" approach for poker. Being a recreational player myself I enjoyed this book because of its more behavioral/situational understanding of the game than the mathematical side. ...more
Caleb Philbrick
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gotta know how to read people. This helps.
Thomas Culkin
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great!
Tim
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t do anything in life without first consulting Doyle Brunson’s Super System. I leave this on my coffee table so guests know I’m a serious person.
Alan Munson
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
A bit dated now in terms of poker technique, but a must read for any poker fan. It is the book that was the basis for poker today
Justin Yeary
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poker
Although the strategy is a bit outdated given the book was writen in the 1970s, I think it's still worth picking up and reading. It covers basic poker strategy applicable to all games, in addition to specific strategies for all kinds of games ranging from 7 Card Stud to Razz to both Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold'Em. A lot of the games mentioned here aren't that popular anymore, but I think the book is worth it for the general strategy & NLHE sections alone.

In terms of Doyle's specific advice, th
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Some
Apr 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
If you are interested in learning or mastering poker, look elsewhere. If you're looking here you're in a SuperHero Cult and taking advise you realistically cannot ply effectively unless you are born with super gifts in reading people and guesstimating their responses to basically errant moves in the game. Doyle is a SuperHero and precious few play his way and actually win money.

Take care of your family and friends, spend this money on a random act of kindness for them instead of purchasing this
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George
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is serious about poker
For the person just starting to learn about poker, people consider this to be the "Bible" of poker. Kind of true, it is a classic, though with today's leading books on tournament poker, you could consider this the "Old Testament" of poker. Still read and revered with lessons that can be learned today.

The games taught:
Draw Poker by Mike Caro
7-Card Stud by Chip Reese
Lowball poker (Ace-5 and 2-7 draw, and 7-card Razz) by Doyle Brunson and Joey Hawthorne
High-Low Split declare by David Sklansky
Limit
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Michael Lawrence
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all poker players
Recommended to Michael by: Eric Fiorentino
Shelves: gambling
This book is huge! But a very very good book on Hold em and poker in general. Doyle is a legend on the tables but also on my book shelf. I learned as much from reading his books as I have from playing the great game of poker.

I would not say I have read this book because I haven't/ I have read a lot of it in many different sittings but it is more of a reference book for me than a typical book. Especially in the way I have read it over the years.

If you love to play poker. Then read this.
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Stephen
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read the introductory sections and the sections on Texas Hold'em, during a (brief) spurt of interest in poker. Which lasted long enough to teach me I would never be more than a casual player (:>P). I think Brunson's highly aggressive style of play is a sure route to the poorhouse for anyone who is not highly skilled in reading tells and having an intuitive feel for position. Which personally I lack the interest to put in the hard work necessary to obtain. Nevertheless, a must read for even a cas ...more
Jeremy
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone new to Poker
At my current poker level, I consider this book to be not that great. It talks a lot about Doyle's gut feeling and much of the strategy that he gives is based on semi-reason. For that reason, I don't look back on it favorably. However, for those new to the game it's probably good.

I more highly recommend any book by David Sklansky, especially "Theory of Poker". However, that may be above newbies...
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Dan
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hold em is THE game now but when Doyle wrote this beauty several different types of poker were played and the World Series was in its infancy. This is a complete book covering all variations but I was focused on the hold em section. Doyle's philosophy unlike any other I've read. He's far more focused on position, feel, and potential than stats and mathematics. That suits my game so I really enjoyed reading this book. ...more
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Doyle Brunson, nicknamed "Texas Dolly" is an American poker player, who won the World Series of Poker in 1976 and 1977. ...more

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