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Winning Low Limit Holdem (3rd Edition) by Lee Jones
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Winning Low-Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones (3rd Edition)

There are numerous in-depth hold’em guides for the intermediate to advanced player, with the likes of David Sklansky and Dan Harrington contributing definitive works. However, finding a complete realization of the strategies of hold’em for the beginner is more difficult. Luckily Winning Low-Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones bridges the gap and is a must read for those just starting their hold’em journey.

Lee Jones sets out from the start to give his teachings to low level low limit hold’em and not higher levels and he manages to deliver with a detailed yet easily accessible look at low-limit hold’em. With that in mind there is not much here that will appeal to the more advanced player other than possibly serving as a refresher of some basic details, but new players will be suitably impressed.

Many newcomers to hold’em believe they can walk before they can crawl and may jump straight to something like Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth. This path leads typically to disaster as it is impossible to grasp the advanced theories of poker without first mastering the basics and this is where a book like Jones’s becomes imperative.

Another important thing that separates Winning Low-Limit Hold’em from its more advanced peers is in the way it is written. Of course books aimed at the more advanced player will feature descriptions and be presented in a way that could be alien to all but the experienced player, but Jones comes at it from a different angle. He welcomes the reader in with his easy to read written style and he never over complicates the strategies he is implementing.

This is highlighted in the end of chapter quizzes which are a great way of enabling us to recall what we have learned without just rehashing the point in another detailed paragraph, or 10. It is this approach which is refreshing when paired against more difficult reads such as Doyle Brunson’s Super System and David Sklansky, who loves to bog the reader down with words.

Getting a hold’em player to admit they are a beginner is not an easy task as we are a proud bunch, and Jones is wise enough to know this. He never suggests that his work is targeting beginners and it is never patronising, instead opting to treat the reader as an equal while never alienating them with jargon.

Ironically Winning Low-Limit Hold’em’s strength is also a weakness, although one that was surely intended by author Lee Jones. By creating his book to appeal to beginners Jones has made it largely unneeded by the more advanced player who will find very little here of use. Of course this is an obvious result but nevertheless if you are looking for something more in-depth and more in keeping with advanced strategies then the already mentioned Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky or Harrington on Hold’em by Dan Harrington will fulfil your needs more adequately.

Advanced players will also need no limits hold’em strategies and are unlikely to be interested in the low-limits game because the psychology is different with lower wagers. However much of the things Jones comments on are fairly universal and for beginners to intermediates looking to make the step to advanced and no limits games, it is a great companion read that will help to advance your strategy building.

Both Harrington and Sklansky have offered definitive works to the genre but in many ways so has Jones. Winning Low-Limit Hold’em is an essential read to all players up to intermediate and should be read in preparation to advance to Sklansky or Harrington. If you are looking to begin in the low stakes side of hold’em then Lee Jones has brought us one of the very best looks at the game, and with his detailed knowledge you will be able to begin your hold’em journey in confidence. Complete beginners may also want to read the very good and equally easy to digest Getting Started in Hold’em by Ed Miller, which along with Winning Low-Limit Hold’em is the perfect one-two for beginners.

Like all books on hold’em, Jones only offers some hints and guidelines and it is up to you to put them into practise with your own experiences. With that in mind it is easy to see why Winning Low-Limit Hold’em has become a must read for countless players, because it helps to develop basic skills and knowledge and is the perfect bridge to the next level of playing.

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