Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein – Poker Book Review

Here is our first poker book review – Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein. I don’t see the point in going into great detail in book reviews. I see they should be an overview and a recommendation of being liked or not. You often come across extensively long reviews which describe the whole crux of the book, my question after reading them is why bother reading the book at all after the review. So here is my short review and where you can get a copy if you like it.

Ace on the River actually started as the introduction for Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2. This book is not just about strategy or playing hands, it’s about the experiences of being a professional poker player through Barry Greenstein’s (author and renowned poker player) own eyes. In order to become someone or something you first need to be able to visualize how you would exist in that certain situation. So, if you are aspiring to become a professional poker player it is beneficial to be able to appreciate and relate to the experience of actually being a professional poker player. Reading Ace on the River lets you start to understand the journey a pro player must first take, which is a good step in the right direction.

Barry Greenstein tells the story of his introduction to poker and the journey he took, including the rise and falls, of becoming a professional poker player. Along the way he incorporates many humorous anecdotes and insightful stories for you to enjoy. He refers to the many types of opponents he has confronted, some of which you have probably already come across and others you are yet to meet, and offers suggestions on how to identify and combat such characters and playing styles.

Greenstein agrees with Poker Power’s belief that life often imitates poker and with this in mind, combines the character traits and skills of himself and his opponents to suggest the qualities of what he believes to be a successful poker player. He includes discussion on the game, gambling issues, money management and the many downsides of being a professional poker player also. This is what makes Ace on the River unique.

Included are sections on poker maths, hand strategies, bluffing, game theory and other techniques he uses. Greenstein involves the reader in a chapter on play lessons, where the reader is offered different scenarios and suggested to play out the hands. However, he has suggested that most of the strategies are basic and can be read in most poker books.

In conclusion, if you are looking to become a professional poker player, or just read up on the game, Ace on the River is a good book for you to read. It is entertaining and an easy read. It is not the sole answer to all your poker related problems, but can add great value to your knowledge and experience. Ace on the River can be another building block to your construction of success, but not necessarily for the beginner. It is well written and the full colour gloss photos are pleasing to the eye and would make for a fantastic present for a poker enthusiast. I enjoyed reading this book as I am always looking for insight into the psyche of people I aspire to follow. I enjoy other people’s perspective and how they handle different situations and how they see life. Barry Greenstein’s Ace on the River can definitely help with your visualization of being a professional and successful poker player. I recommend improving your poker mindset by adding this to your collection.

Now at time of writing this post, the poker book, Ace on the River was for sale at Amazon for a reduced price of $18, which normally retails for around $25. This is a great price, considering the quality photos you get in hard copy format. However, as we are always looking for a bargain, we’ve come across an electronic product which offers Ace on the River as an included bonus. Dominate Online Poker offers 9 great poker books as bonuses:

  • Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein
  • Harrington on Holdem by Dan Harrington
  • The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky
  • Holdem Poker for Advance Players by David Sklansky
  • No Limit Holdem Theory and Practice by David Sklansky
  • Super System 2 by Doyle Brunson
  • Internet Texas Holdem by Mather Hilger
  • Poker for Dummies by Harroch and Krieger
  • The Intelligent guide  to Texas Holdem Poker

The cost is $65, but if you bought all of those books separately, it would set you back over $200. The only difference is, the bonuses come in e-book format, but in this day and age, readers often prefer the e-book format. I have previously posted about this product before and although we haven’t tried it, we would strongly recommend it purely for the 9 poker books included as bonuses. So check it out and if you’re thinking about purchasing any of the books on the bonus list, I would recommend you saving some money by buying Dominate Online Poker – How to win at online poker.

I have often said before, just because I like a book doesn’t mean the next person will. At Poker Power we appreciate different perspectives, different learning styles and simply different opinions, so if you have read Ace on the River or Dominate Online Poker we want your review. So leave a comment or question in the box below. You may also request a poker book review on another book (poker related or not). Whatever you’ve got to say, we’d love to hear it.

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