Last night I finished Paul Ratchford’s book, Exploitive NLHE: An Expert’s Insight on How to Become a Winning Poker Player. An excellent book I recommend to serious poker players.
I found the subtitle perfect. The sound game plan in this book reminds me of Joey Knish’s scolding to Mike McDermott, “I was giving you the playbook I put together from my own beats.” Exploitive NLHE is a treasure of advice and ideas to any person looking to take poker seriously. Paul covers a large range of material in a relatively small space. Typically, I’m not a fan of this shotgun approach, but Paul did an excellent job tackling such a broad scope.
Paul’s perspective is refreshingly off the beaten path. Many of his thoughts correct typical poker mantras. His is a voice of sanity in a poker-literature market yelling, “Crush everyone with these three simple steps!” Paul discusses where money comes from in a game and how to determine if you can make enough money to make ends meet.
Aside from practical advice, a good portion of the book covers poker strategy. I have some more processing to do with some of these sections. Paul gave me much to think about and has me excited to do some research on my own game. I believe I have some leaks to plug. Thrilling for me.
Over a year ago, Paul called me to ask if I would be a coauthor for this book. While honored he considered me, I regretfully declined with an already excessive workload of my own. After finishing Paul’s book last night, I told my wife, “I would be proud to have my name on this one.”
Two thumbs up.
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