What does it take to be a great poker player?
It's no secret that masters of poker think differently than ordinary people. In this truly groundbreaking audiobook, Haseeb Qureshi, retired world-class high stakes poker pro and instructor, takes you on a journey of rediscovering the game of poker from the inside out. He explores the depths of strategy, psychology, and philosophy within poker, and teaches you his uniquely scientific perspective on approaching the game.
Whether you've seen all the guides and want to take your game to the next level, or whether you're an amateur wanting to learn what it's all about, this game-changing audiobook is a must-listen. In the words of WPT World Champion David Williams, "An absolute requirement for anyone serious about poker."
©2013-2014 Haseeb Qureshi (P)2014 Haseeb Qureshi
This book was written for professionals or high caliber players. I just could not follow it and stopped listening.
Realise that most listeners are not professional players
Seriously....this question does not apply
"Incredible Bridge from Cognitive Biases to Poker"
"How to Be a Poker Player" ranks number two, not just among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far, but among every book I've ever read or listened to. The only audiobook/book I enjoyed more than Haseeb's is the 2002 Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman's Thinking: Fast and Slow. Not bad for only getting beat by a Nobel Prize winner.
I feel that most of the time when an audiobook is read by its author, the emphases tend to be a little too dramatic, and the author comes off a little too forceful. However, just like his 3betting range on the river, Haseeb's reading performance is perfectly balanced. His calm voice is patient, informative, and caring. His writing style is neither patronizing nor narcissistic, and this comes through in his voice.
Most if not all of Haseeb's conclusions and inferences in this book impacted not just my poker game but my life as well. His insights are vast, and his explanations are easily grasped.
I would highly recommend this audiobook/kindle book to any poker player. Players of all experience levels could benefit from Haseeb's one of a kind book on "How to Be a Poker Player".
"Not what you will expect"
This was a fantastic book, but for different reasons than other poker books. Haseeb does not waste time discussing every aspect of poker theory. Instead he focused on how to program yourself to develop into a high level player; which includes everything from lifestyle design to the many overlooked nuances of gambling for a living. This book has changed my life and made me realize that playing poker is actually not my passion and that by continuing on my path I'm only hurting myself and others. It does not fit my lifestyle design. But this will not be the case for everyone of course. If you have any intention of playing poker seriously I recommend this book to you and I suggest that you be very honest with yourself as you absorb the content. If poker is for you than this book can become your bible. If not, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and pain for having read this. Best of luck to everyone.
"Buy This Book and Listen 100 times"
I recently read Kaneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, and was possessed with the idea that much of the content MUST apply to my poker game. Haseeb made those connections and more, exploding all of the reasons I have failed to be a winning player in the past and providing tools to rewrite my own narrative.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to anyone who wants to improve at poker, or simply better understand the workings of their own mind in a practical, applicable way.
Let me first start by saying I am not a poker player, although I do love to watch and play the game recreationally. Further, I passed over this book several times because I had never heard of the author, and was unsure of his experience.
What surprised me about this book was the high level applications of neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and learning principles being used within the profession of poker. And even though the author didn't explicitly use any "lean" or "agile" business analogies, he implied throughout that the most effective players seek continuous improvement through the processes of honest self-evaluation and isolated experiments; with the goal of obtaining validated learning.
I don't think I have read a better "real world" application of the afore mentioned subjects so adeptly intertwined into a simple and understandable narrative. The author's focus is never self directed. Instead he provides a brutally honest look at what it takes to be a successful poker player; not just for a singular event, but for the entirety of a career.
Lastly, I was introduced to a few new neuroscience topics. As a self proclaimed neuro-geek with a library largely comprised of books related to this field, I never expected to come away from a poker book with these new valuable nuggets. My initial concern about the author's credentials was overwhelmingly placated. Even though I know slightly more about the author after having read this book, I can say at a minimum, he demonstrates an intellect equivalent to other authors I have read whose careers are entirely based in neuroscience.
"Becoming One with Poker"
Do we take the “Red” or “Blue” pill? Do we continue down the familiar path of memorizing probability tables and concocting inscrutable rules, or are we willing to take a gigantic leap of faith to see what was there all along?
The story is akin to mastering a karate move - realizing years later that what you thought you knew was only a shadow of the true meaning. If you are looking for a rule book on playing poker – this is not the book for you. But it you want to begin to learn about yourself and how to improve your game, I can highly recommend this story.
To date, I haven't found a book similar to this one.
His use of sayings, quotes, and clear speech.
I have learned much and still have much to learn...
IMO, this is a great book on poker.
Thought provoking and intellectually stimulating. The way you see poker will never be the same after reading this book.
"Made Me Question Poker and Life"
Really good. Very easy to listen to but was not what I was expecting from this book, but in a good way.
It made me seriously question my motivations for wanting to play poker. It also surprisingly made me reflect on other aspects of my life and why I am motivated to do them.
Easy to listen to. Delivered in a way that is not too rushed and allows you to digest points,
I will be thinking seriously about my motivations for playing and whether I want to invest further energy into poker.
Only thing I warn on is the lifestyle section and some of the things said come across as authoritative which is not necessarily the case. But i guess this happens with every book or perceived expert. Question everything.
"The Author should not have narrated."
Get physical book.
His voice is far too soft. That is really the only problem. The audio is all clear and well articulated. The only problem is that is voice his very soft and soothing. He would do well guiding a meditation. But his gentle voice made it easy for my mind to wander off in search of something for more engaging.
I came across Haseeb via his blog on his transition from a poker player and to a software engineer at Airbnb. And I have read his whole blog on coding and I have decided to purchase his book on poker because I think his thought is deeply philosophical.
I know how to play poker but not at a professional level, and I have no intention to be a poker player and I would say I can get out half of his book. I will need to re-listen (or get better at poker) before I can provide a more concrete review but I would still say this book is very thought provoking.
"Changed to way I will view poker theory"
This book had plenty of filler that may be helpful for some or be helpful to me at a different point in my poker life, however for now, the pieces written on poker theory were, for me at this point in my poker cycle, very thought invoking. It shed some light on to concepts and thought processes I've never thought of before. I hope to be able to build on these ideas and become more proficient at the game faster.
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