Sunday, May 27, 2007

WSOP Fantasy Pool

Checkout Mischman's WSOP Fantasy Pool. He's a swell guy, it's only $5, and it looks like fun. A cool way to keep up on the WSOP and it pays top 3 spots.

(Pool Now Closed)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Introducing: Stick's Chatbox Hall of Shame

A new feature here on my blog will be my "Chatbox Hall of Shame". When I witness any words of wit typed in a poker site's chatbox that are worthy of dubious distinction, I will bestow them upon the CHOS page for all my readers to endure. We wouldn't want them to be wasted on just the few players and onlookers at the specific table now, would we?

The CHOS page link now appears in the right margin of Stick's Poker Blog.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Book Review: "Hold'em Wisdom for All Players" by Daniel Negreanu

I just finished reading "Hold'em Wisdom for All Players" and I was very impressed. It isn't a technical book of poker science like Sklansky and it isn't a deep "How-To" manual like Harrington. But on its scale and merit, I think this book is a blockbuster.

The first thing one will notice is the price. $14.95 is peanuts in today's world of poker books. I figured "If it stinks, I didn't spend a fortune." The next thing to be noticed is the size of the book. While not pocket-sized, it does come in at a lightweight 166 pages. At first glance, this may seem like this could be a book without substance (even the 1st 14 pages are intro stuff and the table of contents). But in my opinion, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Another thing I personally noticed about the actual book was the page font. It is light and pleasant, which I believe promotes an easier read. This point may seem like ridiculous filler thought up by a high-schooler to satisfy his word quota for a book report, but I am serious. I'm the type of reader who can get mentally worn out by focusing on bold print for too long. It took me 6 months to read Sklansky's "The Theory of Poker" and I believe it was because I could only digest 5-10 pages worth of poker science in textbook-style print at a time. I was reading this book in 20-30 page spurts and finished it in about 2 weeks.

The cover of Daniel's book touts "50 powerful tips to make you a winning player". While a few of his tips are not really tips (1 rant about how soft playing is cheating and another about how the odds are against a pro player winning the World Series again) and a few are very basic beginner stuff, a good majority of Daniel's tips do live up to their billing (maybe 35-40). The tips are set up as 50 small 2-3 page chapters, which I think makes for easy future reference. Things like "Pondering Pocket Jacks", "Bullying a Bully", and "Top 10 Trouble Hands" are just a few examples of Daniel's quite useful insight well explained in a manner that is noticably in his style. You can tell this was actually written by him and not just a corporate expansion of a few of his ideas.

This book is such a refreshing change of pace from the sometimes tedious poker reads that many feel are required for any true student of the game. It won't wear you out. It won't take a lot of repeat digestion. There is something for most players at nearly every level of expertise. I think just about anyone is bound to read something from this book and think "Gee, I never thought of it that way."

Considering its price and size, I highly recommend this book for all but the most elite of poker players. That means it's a great value for the average and above-average Joe.