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It’s not often you get to pick the brain of someone who is at the very top of their chosen profession, but this is precisely what you’ll get to do if you pick up a copy of Chris Moorman‘s soon to be released and highly anticipated book, Moorman’s Book of Poker, tentatively scheduled for a November 7th release.

Chris Moorman is arguably the best tournament poker player in the game, and the resume speaks for itself:

Nearly $12 million in online tournament winnings, including 23 career Triple Crowns.

Over $4 million in live tournament winnings, including a win in the 2014 World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic Main Event.

Bear in mind that Moorman has accomplished all of this in just the past eight years or so, the guy is truly a poker beast.

So, if you purchase Moorman’s Book of Poker, for roughly $25 you’ll get to see the thought processes of the best tournament poker player in the world as he dissects over 100 hands. And quite frankly, if you’re a tournament poker player of any level this will be perhaps the best $25 you ever spend in poker.

What makes this book even more valuable is Chris Moorman has never written blog posts or created poker training videos, or publicly offered himself for hire as a $1,000/hour coach. As Moorman told Lee Davy recently, “I’ve never really put my opinions about poker strategy out there before… For the chance to get inside my head and see why I make some of the plays that I do I think it is worth it for that alone.”

Moorman’s Book of Poker: What It Is

Moorman’s Book of Poker is the latest entry from D&B Publishing, one of the most prolific and top publishers of poker books.

As with all D&B books, the binding and pages are perfect. The text is well laid out, and the typeface, graphics and headers are clean and crisp.

The book is a collaboration between Moorman and D&B editor and author Byron Jacobs – Jacobs is listed as the co-author of Moorman’s Book of Poker.

Stylistically, the book is similar to the three-volume Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time penned by Eric Lynch, Jon Van Fleet and Jon Turner, and I have to admit this is becoming my favorite format for poker strategy books, as it mimics what hiring a poker coach is like.

The general format has both Jacobs and Moorman each offering their opinions on roughly 100 tournament poker hands Jacobs has played in popular online tournaments. The discussion starts off with Jacobs selecting the hand and offering his own thought processes on his plays, followed by Moorman’s opinions, agreements, and criticisms.

Each hand also has a “final thoughts” section (where Jacobs typically shakes his head in disbelief at the wizardry that is Chris Moorman) that elucidates the lesson Jacobs has taken away from Moorman’s constructive critiques.

I don’t consider myself a casual poker player by any means, but this was the first strategy book I’ve read in a very long time where I found myself saying, “this guy is a much better player than I am.” And I’ve read a lot of poker books.

Moorman’s Book of Poker: The Content

Jacobs, no casual player himself, offers up what many readers would consider pretty solid reasoning for his plays… that is until Moorman gets a hold of them. I’ll just say this, Moorman’s analysis highlights the difference between good and great players.

It’s not that Moorman’s thinking is super complex, or something that mere mortals would be unable to replicate. It’s just different. Whereas Jacobs and most every other poker player in the world tends to focus on one or two aspects of a hand, Moorman is able to zoom out and look at the big picture.

The good news is this seems to be a learnable quality. By the end of the book you’ll find yourself seeing far more components of each hand of poker you play, at least I did.

Final Thoughts

Go buy this book, you can thank me later.



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Steve Ruddock

Steve is veteran of the the poker industry, first as a player and now as a writer focusing mainly on the regulated U.S. markets and the politics of poker. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveRuddock and at Google+.