Ed Miller's Small Stakes Hold'em
About Ed Miller
Ed Miller grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received an S.B. in Physics and another in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2000. After a year teaching, he moved to Redmond, Washington to work as a software developer for Microsoft. Looking for a new hobby, he deposited a couple hundred dollars in November 2001 to play $1-$2 and $2-$4 hold ’em online. After losing his initial stake, he sought to improve his game, and he found the books and website of Two Plus Two Publishing LLC. He participated in discussions on the forums, and after a few months he turned his losses into wins in a $4-$8 game at a local card room.
By January 2003, he had moved up to $10-$20 and $20-$40, and in March he left his job to play poker full-time. By then he had swapped roles on the online discussion forums from beginning player seeking advice to expert player giving it. After six more successful months playing in the Seattle area, he moved to Las Vegas, where he currently resides. Also in 2003, Dr. Alan Schoonmaker, the author of The Psychology of Poker, introduced Ed to David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth, and a partnership soon was born with this book being its first result. Today Ed usually plays between $10-$20 and $30-$60, but he can occasionally still be found in the $2-$4 to $6-$12 games around Las Vegas.
Introduction to Ed Miller's Small Stakes Hold'em
For today’s poker players, Texas hold ’em is the game. Every day, tens of thousands of small stakes hold ’em games are played all over the world in homes, card rooms, and on the Internet. These games can be very profitable — if you play well. But most people don’t play well and end up leaving their money on the table.
Small Stakes Hold ’em: Winning Big with Expert Play explains everything you need to be a big winner. Unlike many other books about small stakes games, it teaches the aggressive and attacking style used by all professional players. However, it does not simply tell you to play aggressively; it shows you exactly how to make expert decisions through numerous clear and detailed examples.
Small Stakes Hold ’em teaches you to think like a professional player. Topics include implied odds, pot equity, speculative hands, position, the importance of being suited, hand categories, counting outs, evaluating the flop, large pots versus small pots, protecting your hand, betting for value on the river, and playing overcards. In addition, after you learn the winning concepts, test your skills with over fifty hand quizzes that present you with common and critical hold ’em decisions. Choose your action, then compare it to the authors’ play and reasoning.
This text presents cutting-edge ideas in straightforward language. It is the most thorough and accurate discussion of small stakes hold ’em available. Your opponents will read this book; make sure you do, too!
FTR highly recommends this book for developing and crushing the low limit Texas Holdem game.
This book is the new bible for limit holdem. Get it now. Seriously.
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| “You're Wrong” by Werddown, 26 May 2006
Limit: No Limit: Tournament: Other Highlights: Overall Rating:
The poster who wrote about this book
teaching you the wrong way to play, is
ludacris. Sklansky does not wildly
reccomend playing "any two suited
cards" .. On the contrary he explains
in vast detail in which situations you
should call with suited cards (I cant
recall a point in the book where he EVER
reccomended calling with ANY two suited
cards, except maybe completing from the
blinds)... In fact, in the preflop
section there is an entire paragraph
warning the player to steer clear of ANY
two suited cards that arent worth
playing, and stick to the stronger and
As far as "learning poker the wrong
way" ...The authors do an incredible
job distinguishing what plays are
correct for lower stakes hold em, and
which plays would NOT work at higher
limits. Nearly every concept is
explained with in-depth reasoning as to
why certain plays are correct only at
lower limits and not higher limits. In
fact, I find this more valuabale to the
beginning player, because it teaches
them that a single strategy will not
beat every limit, and you must adjust
your play based on the quality of your
opponents and the dynamic of your
If you read the introduction at all,
you'd also understand that alot of the
low limit knowledge comes from ed
miller, a low limit expert. Combined
with the other author's extensive
knowledge of gambling and high stakes,
as well as basic poker concepts, the
reccomendations made in this book become
rock solid. I would not deviate from
hardly any of these reccomendations
while I'm playing at a lower stakes
So I definitely reccomend picking this
book up if you plan to play against the
sea of fish that is now online low limit
| “not so great” by maxbetty, 05 Jan 2006
Limit: No Limit: Tournament: Other Highlights: Overall Rating:
I'm sorry but I dont agree with all the
others,I will probably be flamed and
killed for this, but I allways say what
I think with no regards what so ever,
this book is dangerous! and I can say so
as a stedy semi professional player, I
have played and beat lowlimit poker for
many years, I ofcourse admire David
Sklansky's work, all the other books he
wrote is outstanding, but this one is
really dangerous because people will
learn poker the wrong way, and once you
learn something it's not easy to
re-learn again, I believe that if you
are going to learn something you better
get it right from the beginning or you
will be in troubble, there is a thing in
this book that simply dont work, like as
he suggests, playing "any two suited"
startinghands!? from my experience I
know this is suicide, therefore I say
this book is dangerous, any two suited
hands does not beat lowlimit poker, I
doubt sklansky has played more than 1000
hands of lowlimit poker in he's
lifetime. if you are going to read this
book, dont use the starting hands from
this book, instead use the starting
hands he recommends from he's other
books, no other hands are profitable,
whether its lowlimit or highlimit. exept
the startinghands he recommend, this
book is as good as he's other books,
For a beginning player it has some
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