Poker: Everything You Need To Know About Poker From Beginner To Expert - Ian Dunross

In "Poker: Everything You Need To Know About Poker From Beginner To Expert", Ian Dunross aims to create a complete guide to poker that anyone can pick up and use.  The book begins by taking you through a brief history of poker and its cultural impact. He then sets the scene by dispelling many common myths and laying out different game rules, etiquette and objectives. Then you can find plenty of poker advice for new players, mixed in with explanations of terms and concepts.

Dunross gives you a real introduction to the game, and from a very basic level to discussing more advanced topics. His authoritative tone is present throughout the book, as he explains the basic terminology well and frequently references poker's place in modern culture. You can get a real insight on how the author views the game as he shares his ideas on many varied subjects, from bluffing and bet sizing to poker addiction and playing for a living.

While the book may help some new players get started, there is a lot of irrelevant text and surprisingly incorrect information to wade through too. This includes basic ideas which are simply flawed, such as the need for a "poker supervisor" in the games, and the book jumps from one concept to the next without a clear structure. Common poker terms are not even explained until halfway through the book and No-Limit Texas Hold'em is not mentioned until Chapter 14. This is despite it being the game referenced throughout, and even then there is little done to make a clear distinction between cash games and tournament poker.

"Poker: Everything You Need To Know About Poker From Beginner To Expert" tries to cover a lot of subjects, but once you disregard its tone you will soon realize there is not much depth to this book. Even the hand examples are laid out in full text form, rather than an easier to read hand history format, which has become the standard among other publications. While poker life lessons may be interesting to some, on the whole there is little which will help you with your game, and certain parts which may in fact harm your play. Although there are aspects that some new players may find useful, there are simply better books on these subjects which you should be investing your time and money into.

Rating: 3 out of 5