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The Course: Serious Hold 'Em Strategy for Smart Players by Ed Miller

This is it. Today is the last day to pre-order The Course: Serious Hold ‘Em Strategy For Smart Players by Ed Miller. The release date is TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. After today, you won’t be able to grab the discounted coaching package anymore.

Early reviews are coming in, and people seem to love the book. From one reviewer: “I think you nailed it.”

If you want to learn more, you can read some excerpts from the book.

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New update on Poker’s 1%

Head over to my new website to read a status update on my new book, Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top.

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FREE Book Black Friday Deal LAST DAY

Today is the LAST DAY for the FREE BOOK deal from Black Friday. Preorder my new book Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top, and you get a free signed paperback copy of either How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold’em or Playing The Player delivered in time for Christmas. Today is the last day. The deal ends today. If you want it, you gotta order today. Can’t think of another way to say it. Go now and get the deal before it’s gone.

Poker’s 1%: What’s The Secret?

On Friday, I announced my brand new book for preorder, Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top. (The announcement came with an offer for a FREE book before Christmas if you order by December 9. Get the deal now before it’s gone.)

Since Friday, I’ve gotten one question more than any other. “What’s the big secret?”

It’s a fair question. To answer the question properly, I’d need a book. (Conveniently, I have written just such a book. It’s available for preorder now through December 9th.)

Ok, that was a little obnoxious. Sorry about that.

I’ll give you the short answer right now. The vast majority of poker players (roughly 99% of them) rely on what I call hand strength- and read-based play. Hand strength-based play is when you make your decisions based primarily on how strong (in absolute terms) your hand is. For instance, maybe you don’t like to stack off with top pair. Or maybe you call one street with a gutshot or middle pair, but not two streets.

Now I’m not saying everyone plays like a robot in this way. On certain board textures or against certain opponent types, the hand strength-based player might mix this up a bit. (This mixing qualifies as read-based play using my terms.) Sure, the hand strength-based player might make a hero call once in a while with ace-high. The hand-strength player also can throw in a bluff or two when the time is right.

But, when you watch a hand-based player hand after hand, you’ll see the same patterns. Calldowns with hands of certain strengths, folds on the turn with weaker hands, and so forth.

There’s a big problem with this. It’s the community cards. On different boards, different hand strengths are made with different frequencies.

“Duh,” you say. You can’t make a full house if the board ain’t paired. This is true, but the problem is more subtle than this. Seemingly small changes in the flop cards can change the frequencies of certain hands by a significant amount by the river.

And, in the end, it’s the frequencies that count. The pass line bet in craps is a bad bet because it comes in only 49.4% of the time. If somehow it came in at 50.6% instead, you could bankrupt the house just by placing that bet over and over again for eternity.

It’s a tiny shift in frequency—49.4% to 50.6%—but it makes all the difference about who wins and who loses over time.

More to the point, it’s a imperceptible shift in frequency if you’re just watching the game with your eyeballs. You could sit there and watch a craps game all day long, and you could not tell me just by watching casually which game had the 49.4% frequency and which one had the 50.6% frequency. You’d never know. It’s too subtle.

This is the secret of poker’s 1%. This is the insight that makes elite players elite and leaves everyone else fighting over the scraps. Most poker players, roughly 99% of them, play in a way that get some of their frequencies correct some of the time. On certain board types in certain stock situations, they are checking and betting with roughly the right frequencies. They are folding, calling, and raising in roughly correct proportion. They are value betting and bluffing with an effective mix.

But in many, many other situations, their frequencies are out of whack—often dramatically so. And the kicker is, they never notice the problem. It’s because they are thinking fundamentally about the wrong thing first. They are using a hand strength-based strategy when in fact they should be using a frequency-based strategy.

The frequencies come first. Frequencies are at the heart of any gambling game. Win a pass line bet 50.6% instead of 49.4%, and you flip the edge. Win a roulette bet 1/34 of the time instead of 1/38, and you’ve likewise flipped the edge.

When someone bets in no-limit hold’em, the most important determinant for whether the bet will be profitable or unprofitable is the frequency of the response. Will that bet get a fold 20%, a call 70%, and a raise 10%? Or will it get a fold 35%, a call 60%, and a raise 5%? Or will it get a fold 55%, a call 45%, and never a raise?

Will the raises be half bluffs and half value bets? Or will the raises be 75% value bets and 25% bluffs? Or will there be no bluffs at all?

This is what matters most. When your frequencies are consistently out of whack, you beat yourself. It’s that simple. When your opponents’ frequencies are out of whack, they beat themselves. When your frequencies are consistently better than your opponents’ frequencies, you win the money. You have the edge. You are playing the craps game with the 50.6% pass line win frequency.

So this is what I think you should do. Instead of playing a hand strength-based strategy, you flip it around. Instead of letting the hand strengths determine your frequencies, you figure out your ideal frequencies first, and then fill in the hands.

Reads are still important. Making consistently good reads will make you extra money. There’s no question about it.

But here’s the thing. Frequencies are king. You can be an elite poker player making no reads whatsoever. If you get your frequencies right, that’s all you need to win big money. Again, reads can make you extra money. Elite poker players use their reading ability to win money. But the frequencies are most important. If you get the frequencies too far wrong, all the reads in the world won’t make up for it.

If you doubt me now, you won’t after you witness the coming wave of no-limit hold’em bots. Many of them will be 100% frequency-based, 0% read-based. They will play a purely frequency-based game. No reads at all. And they will crush.

So that’s what the book is about. It’s about how to transform your game from a flawed hand strength-based game into a frequency-first approach. It’s just an introduction—I can’t make you an elite player overnight. You have to do the work on your own to get from here to there.

But after you read Poker’s 1%, you will see clearly why your current approach to no-limit hold’em is flawed. You will see how to fix it. And you will know precisely the type of work you should do on your own that will—if you commit yourself to it day after day, month after month—get you the results you want.

I have the pleasure of having a readership that has seen the value of my books. Frequently I hear from readers who attribute large improvements in their play and results to one of my books. I love hearing these stories, because they let me know for certain that my books are well worth the price tag.

This one will be no different. In fact, this book has the highest ceiling of any of the eight books I’ve written. If you read this book and really “get” it, and if you do the work (the work to be done is outlined in the book), the sky’s the limit.

So that’s the secret. Want to know more? Preorder before December 9, 2013 and get my awesome Black Friday deal.

Announcing New Book: Poker’s 1%

Today is Black Friday. I have a deal for you.

Today I’m announcing my brand new no-limit book, Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players On Top. Preorder it before December 9th, and receive a FREE SIGNED bonus book in time for Christmas.

Check out the deal here.

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Announcing A New Book Edited By Ed Miller

Hi Folks,

I’m happy to announce a brand new no-limit hold’em book today. It’s called Poker Plays You Can Use, and it’s written by my student, Doug Hull. He asked me to help him with it, and I ended up editing it.

It’s a practical, example-driven book that picks up where my latest books How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold’em and Playing The Player have left off.

If you buy it today, as a gift you will receive a 40% off coupon for one of my books—Playing The Player.

Learn more about the new book by clicking here.

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Hail Ultimate Poker

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

Legal online poker is now live in Nevada. Hail Ultimate Poker!

My personal nightmare is not yet over, unfortunately, as I have yet to be vetted and verified by the powers-that-be at Ultimate Poker. But once I get the green light, I will be playing our glorious game online for the first time in the brightest light of day.

The World Series of Poker is also soon upon us. If you don’t live in Nevada, might I suggest to you this year, year of all years, this year you pay a visit to Las Vegas during the WSOP. You can play some of the softest medium and large buyin tournaments in the country at the Rio, and then you can go sit by the pool with your laptop and play online! (Out-of-staters are permitted to play online while they are in Vegas.)

To celebrate these momentous events, I’m offering a 25% off sitewide sale on my books. Use code NVONLINE at checkout to get 25% off any book on the site. It’s less than a month to the WSOP. You don’t have much time to prepare. , , , , ,

Second Chance At A Deal

I’m offering a second chance at the sale I ran earlier in January. From now until Friday night, you can get 50% off all books on my website. Just use code REPLAY50 at checkout.

This is it. You miss this one, you gotta wait until I run another sale which could be a while. So if you missed the first one or you were on the fence, just go now and get your books. Remember, code REPLAY50 at checkout.

Poker In 2013

Happy New Year!

After Playing The Player came out in May of last year, I took about six months off from poker to spend more time with my family. The new year has inspired me to get back into the swing of things, so I’ll be doing more writing, more video producing, more playing, and more chatting in the days to come.

New for 2013: Legal online poker in the United States. Ok, ok, it was supposed to launch in 2012, and I’m bummed that it’s taken this long to get going. But I’m fairly certain that 2013 will see legal online poker sites where I live in the State of Nevada.

I’ve talked to many about what these sites will look like, and I’ll be honest, it seems like I’m just about the most optimistic person out there. People say the software will suck and there won’t be enough players to support games of any reasonable stakes. When I hear these criticisms, however, I think, “The games will be soft, and there will be opportunities available that most good players will not even bother to explore.”

In any event, I plan to play the sites as they come online, and I will post updates here.

To kick off the New Year right, I’ve decided to offer the biggest sale in the history of the site! Buy any e-book or paperback for a full 50% off (not including shipping). No limits. If you’ve already read all my books, you can get paperbacks as gifts for your friends. I don’t plan another sale like this one for a long time, so act now before its over on January 15. (Due to potentially large sales volume, during the sale I don’t guarantee books will be personally signed.)

To take advantage of this deal, choose the books you’d like and use discount code NEWYEAR50 at checkout for a full 50% off your order.

Click here to order now.

May you run good in the new year!

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PRESALES OPEN for Playing The Player by Ed Miller

The time is upon us. Presales are now open for my new book Playing The Player: Moving Beyond ABC Poker To Dominate Your Opponents.

Playing The Player by Ed Miller

From now until the e-book release on May 22nd, you can preorder the book. It’s $49.99 for the e-book version [supports PDF, MOBI (Kindle), and EPUB (Apple and other e-readers)], $49.99 plus shipping and tax for the paperback, and $69.99 plus shipping and tax for the e-book and the paperback both. Please allow six weeks for delivery of the paperback.

If you order during the preorder period, you earn yourself a couple of bonuses that are together actually worth more than the price of the book!

  • A $60 OFF coupon for 4 hours of coaching. My rate for coaching is 4 hours for $400 as an introductory package, then $200/hour after that. When you preorder the new book, however, you get a coupon for 4 hours of coaching for $340—$60 off the normal price. This offer goes for new students and for those who have already had an intro package, so it’s a great deal for everyone.
  • A $20 OFF coupon for one of my two other books. You get $20 off either Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em or How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold’em. You can apply the coupon to the e-book version, the paperback version, or both. If you’ve missed one of these books, this gives you a great deal on it. If you’ve already read them both, you can use your discount to get a paperback to give as a gift! All paperbacks ordered off my website come personally signed by me. (If you’re giving a gift, please send me an email telling me whom to personalize the book to.)

That’s $80 in coupons for preordering a book that costs just $49.99! It’s a great deal, but remember, you have to preorder your copy before May 22nd to get the coupons.

To get an idea for what the book is all about, check out the excerpt on exploiting bet-folding.

Then go preorder your copy before the great deals expire!

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