Monday, August 11, 2008

Reuben And Ciaffone's '10 Commandments Of Poker'

Starting a new series of posts which cross over between strategy and psychology today.

This series will be based on inspiration from one of my favourite poker books of all time - Reuben and Ciaffone's 'Pot-Limit and No-Limit Poker', first published in 1997 - before internet poker became established - this is still one of the best, providing insights and 'gems' that would take years to learn alone... go get a copy!

Here are the 10 commandments of no-limit and pot-limit poker as outlined in an early chapter of the book... the idea of the series is to look at each 'commandment' individually over the next couple of months - both to discuss its implications and to see how it relates to the meteoric rise of online poker in the interviening decade.

10 Commandments Of Big-Bet Poker

1) Never Play With Money You Can't Afford To Lose
2) Always Know The Rules Of The Game
3) Don't Steam
4) Never Play When Off-Balance
5) Run Your Profits And Cut Your Losses
6) Don't Be A Calling Station
7) Don't Give Or Receive Aggravation
8) Don't Get Tricky Against A Weak Player
9) Don't Get Involved Where You Are Either A Small Favourite Or Big Dog
10) Don't Play In A Game Unless You Figure To Win
11) (yes, we know there are 11!) Vary Your Play

1997 Folks, 1997... and you thought poker strategy was invented by cardrunners??!?

Should be a good series, looking forward to discussing these points with readers too.

GL at the tables, Mark

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