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Old 03-19-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Prune my new poker library

I just heard from a friend, who was quite the collector of poker books, that he is giving up poker and doing the Andy Black contemplating his navel thing.

The good news is that he is leaving me his entire poker library which is about 50 books. The bad news is that I don't have much space so I am going to have to get rid of some books.

Off the top of my head, I cannot recall exactly what he has, but my first thought is to keep all the 2plus2 books and get rid of the rest.

What do others think of this?

If someone really wants a complete list, I can post that this weekend.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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Re: Prune my new poker library

How can we prune your library if we don't know what's in it?

Here's my Essential Poker Library. I am sure I am forgetting something:

I. General
Theory of Poker
Improve Your Poker
Poker's Odd Book
Mathematics of Poker
Read'em & Reap
Caro's Book of Tells
Psychology of Poker
Elements of Poker
Inside the Poker Mind

II. Beginner Holdem
Getting Started in Holdem
Winning Low Limit Holdem v.3

III. Intermediate Limit Holdem
Holdem Poker for Advanced Players
Small Stakes Holdem
Winning in Tough Holdem Games
Weighing the Odds
Middle Limit Holdem
How Good is Your Limit Holdem
Real Poker 2 - Play of Hands
Internet Texas Holdem

IV. Intermediate No Limit/Pot Limit Holdem
Professional No Limit Holdem
No Limit Holdem Theory and Practice
Harrington Cash Game Series (released this week)
Pot Limit & No Limit Poker
SuperSystem NL chapter
Little Green Book
How Good is Your Pot Limit Holdem

V. Tournament Poker
Harrington on Holdem 1-3
Full Tilt Tournament Strategy Guide
Kill Phil
Kill Everyone
Poker Tournament Formula
Making the Final Table
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players
Sit-n-Go Strategy
Play examples from Ace on the River

VI. Omaha
Pot Limit Omaha Big Play Strategy
Secrets of Professional PLO
Omaha Holdem Poker
How Good is Your Pot Limit Omaha
Omaha chapters in PL & NL Poker
Omaha chapter in Super System 2
Winning Omaha/8
High-Low Split Poker - Omaha section
O8 section in SuperSystem 2

VII. Stud
Greatest Book of Poker for Winners (beginner Stud guide)
Stud chapter in Super System
7 Card Stud for Advanced Players
Stud Hi-Lo section of High-Low Split Poker
Stud Hi-lo section of SuperSystem 2

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Old 03-19-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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"How can we prune....?"

Okay, that is a valid question. I guess I should have waited until I knew what I was getting, but the news left me stunned.

My friend is (guess should say was now) a poker fanatic and the reason I am branching out to cash games from tournaments.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:02 PM   #4
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I say DON'T prune, and figure out a way to keep them all. You will undoubtedly get rid of something you will later wish you kept. Even the books that pale in comparison have good nuggets of info in them. Furthermore, it can be good to have different authors' perspectives on things. For example, there have been instances where 3 poker books by 3 different authors might all discuss the same exact concept. The way that authors 1 and 2 describe said concept may not be that intuitive, but when I read author 3's description of said concept, not only do I get it, but I now see what authors 1 and 2 were trying to say, and things start clicking at a broader level.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:21 PM   #5
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Re: Prune my new poker library

List the books, and I will prune it for you. I don't agree with Lucere, I think there are many books you can toss without fear. I have between 50 and 100 books (or had at one point), I am a bit of a pack rat and even I found a lot I had no qualms ditching.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:23 PM   #6
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You get 50 books and decide to keep maybe 10. How much space could the extra 40 books possibly take up? Keep them all, unless perhaps you live in a postage stamp size flat in Manhattan/London/Paris and need the extra space for a sex swing.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:28 PM   #7
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List the books, and I will prune it for you. I don't agree with Lucere, I think there are many books you can toss without fear. I have between 50 and 100 books (or had at one point), I am a bit of a pack rat and even I found a lot I had no qualms ditching.

This is probably after you at least read through them, correct? That's really what my post meant. If you read through them, and then want to prune, fine. Don't prune blind.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:34 PM   #8
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This is probably after you at least read through them, correct? That's really what my post meant. If you read through them, and then want to prune, fine. Don't prune blind.
It is after I read through at least part of them and they are utter crap. Some may be because there is much better material out now, but a lot of poker books are just flat out awful and at best completely useless (at worst actually hurt your game).

If I think a book is good, even if I have no real intention of reading it again, I keep it.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:45 PM   #9
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but a lot of poker books are just flat out awful and at best completely useless (at worst actually hurt your game).
I agree. I guess I just assume most players can pick out the good nuggets from the bad.

But if that's not the case here, I still say don't prune. Instead, OP should take suggestions from other posters as to the best books, read them first, and then handle the remaining books and material at your own risk.

The best books should give the OP enough of a foundation from which they can knowledgeably explore other publications, sort out the good to make them a more well-rounded player, and ditch the bad.
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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getting rid of anything by Ken Warren without reading it is a pretty safe move.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #11
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If you have any other friends with an interest in poker, generously give them a stack of the books you are not immediately interested in, then borrow them later when you finish the ones you are holding.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:14 PM   #12
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Heads up, for library's
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:57 AM   #13
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getting rid of anything by Ken Warren without reading it is a pretty safe move.
Funny that you mention it because someone took most of the books before I got there and only ones by Warren are left.

Seriously though, there are more books in number because he got a shipment of books just before giving up poker, but less books in quality because someone, and I know who and why, did take virtually all of my friend's 2plus2 published books.

I will post a list, on Saturday, of what was left. I will mention that Ken Warren Teaches 7 Card Stud was left. Wooo Hooo.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:05 PM   #14
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Funny that you mention it because someone took most of the books before I got there and only ones by Warren are left.

Seriously though, there are more books in number because he got a shipment of books just before giving up poker, but less books in quality because someone, and I know who and why, did take virtually all of my friend's 2plus2 published books.

I will post a list, on Saturday, of what was left. I will mention that Ken Warren Teaches 7 Card Stud was left. Wooo Hooo.
Have any "friends" that you can gift the Ken Warren stuff to?

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Old 03-20-2008, 10:32 PM   #15
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The bad news is that I don't have much space so I am going to have to get rid of some books.

Find somebody with a hammer and put up some bookshelves

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Old 03-21-2008, 06:47 AM   #16
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I will post a list, on Saturday, of what was left. I will mention that Ken Warren Teaches 7 Card Stud was left. Wooo Hooo.
I think someone on a different thread was looking for a copy of ken warren's seven card stud book....
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:33 AM   #17
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Find somebody with a hammer and put up some bookshelves

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I rent and my landlord allows no, absolutely NO, holes in the walls. I wonder if those hercules hook things really work. It seems like they leave a pin prick in the walls.
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