Poker's 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top - Ed Miller

Ed Miller is one of the best-known writers on the subject of No Limit Hold'em. For over a decade he has been producing some of the best books on the subject, with the main aim of helping small stakes players develop their game. In "Poker's 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On" Miller promises to bring you the vital piece of information that separates normal players from the superstars of the game.

"Poker's 1%" starts by outlining the faults in the two most common styles of play at low limits - Tight Aggressive and Loose Passive, which is referred to as slot machine play. The idea of frequency-based game is then introduced and the author explains why it is a superior strategy in modern game Texas Hold'em. The style is based on two rules - if your opponent bets you call and if you bet one street and are called, you should bet a second street. Miller includes an overview of where you can find ways of balancing your play, with the correct amount of calls, bets and bluffs, along with examples of when you can deviate from them. Visual aids, in the form of Pyramid graphics are used to illustrate the main points, then different examples are offered on how to put this strategy into practice.

The concept of Frequency play will likely be new to many new and small stakes player, the audience which Miller is aiming for. Like in his previous books he does well at explaining the key concepts to his audience, although there does seem to be a lot more filler text here and it takes a lot longer getting to get to the main points.

What is being described here is a simplified style game theory optimal play, or GTO as it is commonly known among poker players. However correct GTO play is heavily reliant on crunching the numbers and in "Poker's 1%" a lot of the math is left out in favor of Millers flowing text. So, while the basic theory is there, it draws criticism for not going deep enough into the subject.

Although a promise of "The One Big Secret" is intriguing, the long build-up followed by a half-covered concept is disappointing. However, it is may raise interest in the subject for those poker players who enjoy Miller's writings. Overall it is an okay introduction to a frequency game for newer players, although more experienced ones will find several issues with it.

Rating: 4 out of 5