Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em

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Phil Gordon plays poker with the best players in the world. He has won — and lost — in tournaments and cash games around the globe, all the while studying the game and learning from every hand dealt. As the resident expert and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Phil has quickly become one of the most sought-after teachers of No Limit Texas Hold'em. It's a tough game. But anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and,...

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Overview

Phil Gordon plays poker with the best players in the world. He has won — and lost — in tournaments and cash games around the globe, all the while studying the game and learning from every hand dealt. As the resident expert and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Phil has quickly become one of the most sought-after teachers of No Limit Texas Hold'em. It's a tough game. But anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and, perhaps most important, dedication to becoming a better player.
After fifteen years of keeping notes on the things he's learned, the greats he's played with, and the celebrities he's taught, Phil Gordon has poured every single thing he knows about No Limit Texas Hold'em into this little green book. Taking a page from Harvey Penick's bestselling book of golf wisdom, Phil plays the role of both teacher and student, offering up insightful tips on how to think about poker and how to develop a singular style of play. Through philosophy, psychology, strategy, math, and the knowledge gleaned from playing poker with everyone from T. J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey to Hank Azaria and Ben Affleck, Phil breaks down the game into enlightening instructional tidbits and illustrative anecdotes that inspire the kind of persistence and motivation necessary to improve your game.
A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In our minds, this book is an instant classic and a must-have for any serious student of the game. Everyone who reads it will come away a better player."
— Howard Lederer and Annie Duke

"Phil Gordon is one of poker's premier players and has few peers as a teacher of No Limit Hold'em. I would hate to have to compete with anyone who accesses the information in these pages."
— Erik Seidel

"Poker: The Real Deal was the best introductory book ever, and this is the perfect 'graduation' book. It provides the key to leaving solid amateur play behind and embracing the first inklings of playing like a true pro. I now feel endowed with that intangible element of strength known as unbridled confidence."
— James Woods

"Phil Gordon and his Little Green Book made the difference between me losing money and winning money. It made me a winning player."
— Hank Azaria

"If I cared about poker at all, this would be the book I'd buy."
— David Foley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416903673
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 538,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Gordon is a world-class poker player and teacher with two World Poker Tour championships and seven final table appearances at the World Series of Poker. Since 2001 he has earned more than $3 million in tournament prize money. His bestselling previous works, Poker: The Real Deal, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, and Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book, alongside his teaching and commentary on forty-two episodes of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, make Phil the preeminent poker teacher and writer in the world. Phil currently resides in Newport, Washington with his wife and two young sons.

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Introduction

No Limit Hold'em is a very tough game. That's the bad news. But here is some good news: You can learn. How do I know you can learn? Because I was not always a winning player, and I learned. If I can go from "dead money" to World Poker Tour champion, there is no doubt that others can as well.

The greatest poker players in the world share five qualities:

  1. They are invariably aggressive. Aggressive poker is winning poker. They apply pressure to their opponents with bets and raises.
  2. They are patient. They wait for situations at the table that are profitable.
  3. They are courageous. They don't need the stone-cold nuts to bet, call, or raise.
  4. They are observant. They watch their opponents during every hand.
  5. They are always working on their game and want to be even better players. They talk about the game with other players. They practice. They read poker books. They analyze their play and work to plug "leaks" that have developed.

These five qualities are all that are necessary to be a great, winning player. The first four qualities you can learn and develop. You already have the fifth quality — you bought this book so you're working on your game.

There are many ways to win at this game. I intend in this book to write exactly how I play. You may disagree with many of the plays that I recommend here. Good. I want you to approach this book not as a definitive guide for how to play, but as a catalyst for thinking about the game.

In short, the following pages are, to the best of my ability, how I play No Limit Texas Hold'em. I'm not the best player in the world. But I'm a winning player, and I win playing exactly the style that is described here.

Throughout my poker education I have read nearly every book on poker ever written. I owe a great deal to the poker authors that have come before me. Sklansky. Brunson. Cloutier. McEvoy. Malmuth. Cooke. Harrington. Caro. Without their work I wouldn't be the player that I am today. Most of the things I know about the game I owe to these authors.

Harvey Penick, arguably the greatest golf teacher that ever lived, wrote a great book, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. In that book he recorded his thoughts and musings on the game of golf. Not once in his book did he profess to know the only way to play. I drew inspiration from Mr. Penick's book and his straightforward approach to teaching a very difficult game.

Take your time with this book. No matter how thoroughly you digest the contents, you'll need to play thousands of hands against all kinds of competition before things will really "click" for you. Take your time. Your bankroll will not be built overnight. Grow it slowly. There will be setbacks. There will be bad beats. But, there will be endless amounts of joy as your game improves.

Copyright © 2005 by Phil Gordon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Surprising

    Gordon's book is perhaps best summarized within in his own book, 'A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.' It is exactly that, one of the most informative and educational books available. His writing and teaching style is fairly straightforward and enjoyable to follow. For the beginner to intermediate player he'll slow down to allow time to catch up while giving the advanced expert players advice that is truly helpful. He directly quotes from various other excellent poker texts as well as The Art of War. The Art of War is very nicely tied into Gordon's teachings and makes you think twice about what he just discussed in the previous section. More experienced players will find some of the teachings basic in nature, but at the same time they'll find this book to be very valuable and find themselves better players for having read it, I know that's how I felt. It's almost impossible to not come away from this book a better player, great book for sure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Excellent

    Seeking to improve my game I bought this alongh with two other poker books and have found it to be a great read. Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Terrible e-book

    This book is incomplete. It refers to pages that are not in the book. i.e. tells you to look at the chart on page 186 and the book has 149 pages. Also, the tables and charts that are included in the book are not laid out correctly. Probably a good book, but DO NOT BUY THE E-VERSION OR YOU WILL BE SORRY. Or maybe angry. They wouldn't allow me to rate this under one star. I would give it between zero and minus one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2010

    Turned my game around

    I started playing online poker not long ago and was habitually losing just about every session. I realized I needed help and have now finished Phil Gordon's Little Green Book and it has turned my game around. I am now beginning to have more winning sessions than losing sessions. This is a very easy and entertaining read with some practical examples. I only wish it had lots more material as it left me hungry for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    wonderful info

    This book along with his Blue book are must reading for every poker player

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

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    Listen to in the car

    I've had this cd for over a year and I listen to it in the car. It has helped me improve my game especially in tournaments. His advice on stealing blinds in tournaments is essential and his math is made easy. I'm still wrapping my brain around having to call with 4 7 offsuit when the odds dictate....haven't quite gotten that advanced yet. This is a very helpful book and I recommend it if you are a beginner or intermediate player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    A Book to Make You Think

    Poker is a very nuanced and situational game. There's a million books out there that strive to offer strategy. This is a book that helps you learn to think for yourself and develop your own style of play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Highly recommended.

    You might try Phil Gordon's Little Green Book. A lot of poker books pollute themselves with a lot of 'I did this at the WSOP' or 'I got killed by doing such and such at the WPT'. Not Phil's book. It's like a No Limit reference book. A very good resource without a lot of blah blah blah. Also, if you are a total beginner, he doesn't use a lot of poker jargon and when he does he explains it, unlike many poker books. This little book is literally packed with some of the best Hold'em info you can buy for 20 bucks.

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