Phil Gordon’s Little Blue Book on Poker

We’ve blogged quite a bit about Phil Gordon. The other day, I finally picked up his Little Blue Book. I read just about any poker book that comes out, although not with the gusto I used to have. I am glad to say that I am experiencing rapidly diminishing returns from this activity, which perhaps shows that I have actually learned something.

Of all the poker books I have ever read, Phil’s is the first that’s laugh out loud funny. Not just once or twice, but about twenty times. He has an absolutely amazing gift for storytelling. This book is even better than his outstanding earlier books, The Real Deal and The Little Green Book of Poker. It’s not just funny; it also has great poker lessons. At the risk of making it seem like I’m only saying great things about Gordon and his book because he’s a friend and a business partner, let me just say that he is indeed a friend and a business partner. I was so taken by his intelligence, kindness, charisma, and honesty when I met him that I invested in his company, Expert Insight. I’ll blog more about that later.


JessicaM

You might want to check the link for that photo.

coolhandluke

Phil Gordon's books are good, but for someone who has read most of the poker literature out there it's probably a lot of review. Have you read The Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenmann yet? If you are looking for a truly advanced book about poker this is it.

Myrmidon73

This book is pretty nice at detailing some specific situations, especially in cash games. What I think you really get out of it is how you should go about thinking while playing a hand, not how to play the hand (if that made any sense).

I agree with coolhandluke that Phil Gordon's book doesn't really bring anything new to a table as far as play strategy, however it is a solid book to add to your arsenal. Remember, if you are trying to become serious on poker, read as many books as you can. The only guarantee at big events is that your opponents will have done so.

Greg Tingle

Great to see mainstream news media covering the gaming business in a balanced fashion and refreshing to read the disclaimer about the friendship et al. I'm in media (and gaming), so I appreciate the mention. Here's to the New York - Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia connection.

JessicaM

You might want to check the link for that photo.

coolhandluke

Phil Gordon's books are good, but for someone who has read most of the poker literature out there it's probably a lot of review. Have you read The Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenmann yet? If you are looking for a truly advanced book about poker this is it.

Myrmidon73

This book is pretty nice at detailing some specific situations, especially in cash games. What I think you really get out of it is how you should go about thinking while playing a hand, not how to play the hand (if that made any sense).

I agree with coolhandluke that Phil Gordon's book doesn't really bring anything new to a table as far as play strategy, however it is a solid book to add to your arsenal. Remember, if you are trying to become serious on poker, read as many books as you can. The only guarantee at big events is that your opponents will have done so.

Greg Tingle

Great to see mainstream news media covering the gaming business in a balanced fashion and refreshing to read the disclaimer about the friendship et al. I'm in media (and gaming), so I appreciate the mention. Here's to the New York - Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia connection.