June 11, 2006


I just finished one of a series of poker books I bought on an Amazon frenzy last month. This one is Matt Matros' "The Making of a Poker Player." Matros chronicles his rise from a college players and "Rounders" wannabee to a more advanced game and a poker career, with a postscript about hitting the big time at the final table of a WPT event shortly after the first edition of his book was published.

This book was more interesting for Matros' writings about his own thoughts and reactions than for the poker. In my estimation, Matros didn't do a very good job describing many of the poker hands he's been in. It wasn't very easy to follow, much of the time. He did a good job describing life on the cusp of the money in a big tournament, and he has some interesting stories to tell about his experiences with online friends he met through a poker newsgroup.

This book is more the story of Matros' poker biography than it is a tutorial on how to be a better player. There are tips throughout, and you can indirectly get some good advice on how to play, but there's not a whole lot of consistency. What works in one chapter didn't work in the next story. Part of that is the progression of Matros' career from easier to harder (or different styles of) games. He also talks a little about Limit play and Omaha (which was extremely hard to follow, partly because Omaha is such a complex game).

Near the end, Matros gives advice on poker books he would recommend and makes a big deal about leaving some "well known titles" off the list. Well, Matt, you didn't make my top five either. Not a bad poker biography as these things go, but nothing that really stands out for me as memorable.

Posted by Observer at June 11, 2006 11:10 PM

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