As a professional poker player , Bob Ciaffone was perfectly placed to write what has become the handbook of the great poker bettor. “Improve your Poker” is a collection of small articles specially written to help you improve your poker game. Despite being focused on the game without limits, the book is aimed at beginners as well as intermediate players, despite this, professionals will undoubtedly benefit from reading this book.
Bob Ciaffone is a seasonal poker player with over five decades of experience in professional poker circuits. He played this game almost anywhere in the world, from Las Vegas casinos to exclusive London and Malta casinos. As a professional writer for the past 20 years, Ciaffone has written poker columns and publications on the game, which, of course, contains the benefit of his 50 years of experience in the field.
This book is clean, robust and contains no thanks or useless material. Ciaffone goes straight to the point, using a short essay format, which allows to underline the ideas, so that the reader can understand them easily and remember them easily. Each essay is about 3 to 5 pages long and focuses on a number of specific topics. Starting with a general style, the book then explores other, more specialized subjects that will appeal to the seasoned gamer. General topics include betting skills, how to bluff, and how to identify and use your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Ciaffone notes that while most people play poker reasonably well, his book aims to provide these reasonable players with a tool that will allow them to become professionals.
Ciaffone’s style is easy to follow, and his explanations flow smoothly from page to page. Using a friendly and conversational style, readers will be able to absorb information with just a single reading, without having to worry about the huge text that poker manuals usually have. Ciaffone acquired the nickname “coach” due to his easy way and willingness to share his knowledge with those who crave information about poker strategy and the game itself.
The book describes a wide variety of popular poker variants, such as: “Hold’em”, “Stud”, “Omaha”, among others, all with detailed descriptions and tips. The “Texas Hold’em” variant is covered in greater depth. The “Stud” modality is covered in two articles. Great emphasis can be seen on the high betting variant of “Texas Hold’em” and “Omaha”. More practical information in tournament games will be useful for anyone who is willing to build life skills on the professional circuit.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in improving their poker game. Interesting for professionals and beginners, even regular readers will be interested in learning more about the world of poker betting, there is something in the book “Improve your poker” for everyone.
Bob Ciaffone was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, and is a professional poker player and also writes articles on betting and gambling. Finishing third in the 1987 World Series of Poker, he won a $ 125,000 prize. His total earnings in 2008 are in the order of $ 230,000. Ciaffone is a regular contributor to CardPlayer magazine (Card Player) and specializes in the legal aspects of poker and betting. He also founded Fair Lawson Poker, which is a non-profit organization devoted to improving local, state and national laws regarding poker and betting. Former Michigan Chess Association president Bob Ciaffone is also interested and involved in the world of chess.