THE NEW BREED OF PROFESSIONAL POKER PLAYERS ARE SURPRISED, unexpectedly, to find that the cut-throat world of professional poker – the world in which you make your living by playing only the top 20 hands, based on the odds – has gone.
Many of the new breed of professional poker players are surprised to find that the game has moved on. The new breed already enjoys widespread professional poker player status in many poker-playing nations, and their work has been published in full in a new book by two of the new breed, Chips & Cards: How to Play Texas Hold ‘em Like the Pros.
In part two of the book, the Breeders describe how they were able to establish themselves as a more legitimate force in the professional poker community, how they kept their appearance respectable and how they have maintained their status as the inside guys largely responsible for bringing professional poker tobooks.
The Breeders write that although there is “still lots of money to be made in Texas Hold ‘em,” they stress that their primary motivation for doing this book is to publicize the methods of the “old school” versus the “new school.” In other words, the Breeders appeal to the best and most experienced players in the professional poker community, who by now have become well known in the circles of poker playing. The Breeders write that although there are a few blinds in the game of Texas Hold ‘em, which they take advantage of always, their main objective is to beat the Texas Hold ‘em lottery jackpot as “often as Dewalive.” This, the authors insist, is better than attempting to win the jackpot, because even though each round of poker can cost the player several hundred dollars, the cost of the game is much less than the jackpot. Thus, according to the authors, although the authors do not attempt to hide their approval of gambling, they want their readers to understand that they are not encourage high frequency betting.
The Breeders begin by explaining Texas Hold ‘em in detail, examining the components of the game, and the general purpose of the game. They talk about the importance of starting with a “strong hand,” and of staying in the game by making a continuation bet, even if you feel uninterested in your hand. The first Breeders Tip of the Book according to the authors is not exactly what you might call an instruction on the mechanics of the game, but it is important nonetheless. The authors stress the importance of building a hand, playing it out, determining the opponents, and betting intelligently. In doing so, you will learn one of the most important points about the game: that winning is not always easy.
The second point the authors make is that you will not win all the time, that what you win with will not always stay with you, that what you lose will not last forever. They use the example of a person who deposits $100 and wins $100 +$10 on a single hand. The authors tell the story of this person, which allows the reader to picture the stakes of the game, and to understand what kinds of strategies the author recommend. You will be able to see where the authors are emotional, and rely on their opinions to tell you whether you are ready to make that “all-in” bet, or whether you should fold instead. The bottom line is that the authors are gamblers, and while they know the pros and cons of playing their favorite game, they will also tell you how they have found to be profitable in other ways.
The final instruction from the authors of the Breeders’ Poker Guide is that you have to be careful in reading what other players say about the game, especially the opinions of the pros. They will tell you that what they have to say is representative, but it will be up to you to create your own conclusions. The pros of the game may have a lot to say about their own game, but ultimately, the final decision on what they think is best develops from personal experience. Therefore, you can find many articles, reports, and aspects of poker which will help you develop your own approach to the game. The Breeders’ Guide to Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the better published guides on the subject, and is worth the $39.
Expert opinion is not the only advice the authors of the guide provide. They tell you of various tournaments that have been won by various hands, and how the winner was achieved. You will even be able to see how the authors Malone and Connolly acquire their wealth.