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Ed Miller has been one of the most prolific and respected names in
poker literature, since the early days of the poker boom. The title of
his ninth book, “The Course” is taken from a piece of golfing wisdom
which states a golfer’s main competition is the course rather than the
other players. Miller applies this advice to No Limit Hold’em,
explaining that on a poker table your focus should be on correctly
navigating the different scenarios you encounter (the course), rather
than worrying about the uncontrollable actions of your opponents.”The
Course” begins by comparing the pros and cons of Cash Games and
Tournaments, in both Live and Online settings, along with where players
can expect to profit. The book then continues with a focus on live No
Limit Hold’em cash games, with three sections looking at the commonly
found buy-in ranges of 1-2, 3-5 and 5-10. Each contain advice and
strategies for beating those limits, starting off with basics like
pre-flop strategy and accessing hand value, before moving into more
advanced subjects such as barreling and deep stack play. At the end of
each part, you will find Hand Quizzes which review the key concepts as
you would encounter them in an actual poker game.Despite the
author’s admission of not being an expert in certain areas, such as live
reads, it is reassuring to see “The Course” does not simply dismiss
these. While many subjects in this book could easily be looked into in
far more detail, Miller prefers to take an overview of the game,
presenting a number of tried and tested concepts which will benefit many
readers. Because of this there is nothing groundbreaking to discover,
although newer players may be surprised to see certain common beliefs
disproven.While the book is written primarily with live cash
players in mind, much of the advice within “The Course” can be applied
to all games, including online. You will however need a basic
understanding of the No Limit Hold’em poker and be familiar with how it
plays. Miller, as always, presents his strategies in a clear and concise
manner, making the book easy to read and understand. Although some
ideas may seem obvious to the more advanced players, the book succeeds
in providing serious recreational players with the solid base needed to
help them improve their game and consistently succeed against weaker
opponents.