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Old 01-11-2010, 02:55 AM   #16
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I bought the book, printed and binded it (color, cardstock paper, vinyl cover, comb binding -- paid around $30 for both Volumes 1 and 2) through FedEx Kinko's, and didn't have any problems reading it.

How much errors did you come across?
Wanted book to be printed on A4 paper, 1.5 line spacing and non-serif font.
I have done same thing with some of my 2+2 books (I had to reformat them because I don’t like binding)

I haven’t looked for authors errors, just ones that ware introduced by OCR during reformating.

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Old 01-11-2010, 08:22 AM   #17
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i thought this book was fantastic. this book and "the poker puzzle" are the best books i've read although for different reasons.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:28 AM   #18
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More than 900 dollars on a poker book??? Are you serious? Come on...
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OT: I think I paid $75 for John Fox's classic and thought that was extraordinary at the time. Now somebody is selling it on Amazon for $400.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:48 PM   #19
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i thought this book was fantastic. this book and "the poker puzzle" are the best books i've read although for different reasons.
Could you expand on that?
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:39 PM   #20
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Can someone tell me what stakes this book would benefit the most? I realize with such a price the concepts would probably apply to mid to higher stakes and thinking opponents. Would concepts in these volumes also apply to the micros?
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:08 PM   #21
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Could you expand on that?
easy game outlines some obvious/not so obvious poker strategy. all of the concepts are explained very clearly and examples are given. you will definitely learn a lot from reading this book (esp if you are a low stakes player).

the poker puzzle is a book that gives you theory, but then asks you questions to answer and exercises to complete about the theory. it forces you to think about situations and spots and different player types. it is designed for you to actively learn the concepts - and i think that this is one of the strongest points (if not the strongest) of Improva's book - you learn by actually thinking through situations.. so that when they come up in the real world you are prepared for them. it is one thing to read a concept and say 'yep, i get that' but it is something else to integrate these concepts into your game and apply them correctly

so i think both books are excellent for theory. the poker puzzle goes one step further, however. that being said, if you don't take the time to do the work that is asked of you in the poker puzzle (all the questions and exercises), easy game is probably the better choice in ebooks.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:05 AM   #22
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why improva lost lots of money online if his book works?
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:24 AM   #23
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Re: Easy game by Andrew Seidman

i'm not sure what his poker win rate is,
but his book will teach you to think like a winner and how to approach difficult situations against both 'standard' and non-standard players.

the greatest coach in the world isn't necessarily the best player in the world. and vice versa (not saying improva is the best coach in the world, but just something to think about).
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:31 AM   #24
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I doubt Improva lost anything playing poker that he didn't win by playing poker, all of these "but the coach is a losing player" posts are tilting - obviously they did something right to be able to afford to lose as much as they have. Welcome to variance.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:39 AM   #25
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Variance can also be positive ... somehow only losses are attributed to variance
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:00 AM   #26
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why improva lost lots of money online if his book works?
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What is his screen name on Stars and Tilt?
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:00 PM   #27
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Guys please stop using PTR to see if these players are winners or losers. First and foremost, it doesn't track every site and it doesn't link every sites results together. Many players play as different names on different sites. Secondly, PTR didn't even exist until recently so the results aren't of their entire playing careers. Thirdly most of the sample sizes these guys have on PTR are so small that it is not even worth looking at.

As for why the books cost so much? Well there are a lot of factors. First they front the money out of their own pocket to write the book, fund it, and distribute it. They have to pay for website development, marketing, editing, web site hosting, payment processors, customer support, etc. With companies such as 2p2, it's a huge company who orders the book and pays for all that and distributes the book in higher volume across the nation to bookstores where everyone can see and purchase it. With these ebooks, it's a target market.

These players are great players but better instructors and authors. Baluga set the price according to what he felt the material in the book was worth for the target audience. These aren't books you just read with basic concepts in them like how to play AK like many 2p2 books. I've purchased about 20 poker books and maybe learned something new and small out of each one of them. Sure, that was worth the $30 price tag. However, that didn't improve or change my game drastically. I still had to figure many things out for myself. In the case of Baluga's Easy Game, it's not just another ordinary poker book. The book explains advanced concepts in today games. It breaks down concepts in easy to understand writing and doesn't withhold any questions you may have. This book is easily worth the price for anyone looking for the extra edge to improve their game, mostly SSNL/MSNL players. What you need to understand is that this book is almost like a complete coaching package from Baluga, which is worth well over the $900 price tag of this book.

I've also read "Let There Be Range" by Cole Sole. Is that worth the price tag? I feel like it was good, but that price tag of $1800 was a little too high. I feel it's easily worth its current price tag of $750 or whatever it is at. I learn more things in these e-books than I do any other standard $30 poker book because they are more advanced, which is the key concept.

Lastly, I don't care of Baluga becomes a losing player. His book is amazing and completely revamped my game. I'm sure I've already made the money back from the concepts I've learned and I can only continue to improve from there. His videos are also absolutely amazing. He is a great teacher, despite results, and the book is worth every penny. On top of that, you also don't have to worry about just anyone being able to read it. Only players who are serious on their game invest in it, and trust me, you won't see those guys at your stakes much longer.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:23 PM   #28
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Re: Easy game by Andrew Seidman

I consider myself a good HU player NLHE/PLO mainly but heads up will play anything. I recently read this book vol 1 and vol 2. For those who want to improve their heads up play the section in vol 1 is very good, I related alot of how I play to it, and picked up a few good pieces of information. Online i've only got about 1200 hands cash games but I went from around 48BB/100 for the first 700, now on 62BB/100 for the entire 1200.

Good read.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:27 PM   #29
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Guys please stop using PTR to see if these players are winners or losers. First and foremost, it doesn't track every site and it doesn't link every sites results together. Many players play as different names on different sites. Secondly, PTR didn't even exist until recently so the results aren't of their entire playing careers. Thirdly most of the sample sizes these guys have on PTR are so small that it is not even worth looking at.
Where are we supposed to go to see whether the advice works?Fifty thousand hands is better than nothing.


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I don't care of Baluga becomes a losing player. His book is amazing and completely revamped my game. I'm sure I've already made the money back from the concepts I've learned and I can only continue to improve from there.
Please post your 'before' and 'after' results.I asked breathweapon to do the same when he made similar claims but he won't do it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:34 PM   #30
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Lastly, I don't care of Baluga becomes a losing player.
http://www.pokertableratings.com/ful...ch/balugawhale
He's down $173,511 since 1/1/09.

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Secondly, PTR didn't even exist until recently so the results aren't of their entire playing careers.
Lots of people were printing money against the Party Poker fish from 2003-2006. Now that the bubble has burst, the dead money is washing out of the game. PTR is not perfect, yet it at least show how people play at the table. I know it doesn't include many hands, bonuses, and all that, but it holds people accountable.

I can't look at my own graph and say "meh, variance." Why should anyone else?

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