• Elements of Poker

  • By: Tommy Angelo
  • Narrated by: Tommy Angelo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Beyond statistics, beyond whether to raise, call, or fold, Elements of Poker reveals a new world of profitability for your bankroll and your life. You know tilt costs you money, but do you know how to make it go away? You know position is important, but do you really know how to profit from that knowledge? Elements of Poker is the distilled wisdom of a master. Published in 2007, this book is praised by poker pros worldwide as a timeless classic.

©2007 Tommy Angelo (P)2017 Tommy Angelo
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Critic Reviews

Tommy Angelo's 2007 Elements of Poker is already a classic. After decades of experience as a player and a coach, Angelo identified 144 of poker's "elements" — stuff like A-Game, Tilt, Bankroll, Position, Running Good and Running Bad, Awareness, and much more. Witty and wise, stern and compassionate, Angelo's book is a reassuring guide for a challenging game. 

Angelo recently revised and narrated an audiobook version of Elements. At seven hours and seventeen minutes, there's plenty of valuable material to (re)discover. Despite the absence of conceptual charts and illustrations — all available on his website — the audiobook is as accessible and relevant as ever. 

As Angelo's readers already well know, Elements of Poker is less about playing poker than about how to be a poker player.  

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It gets better

I didn’t like the book at first.

When I heard that Q10 is likely his most profitable hand I knew that was clearly wrong and I became suspicious of his expertise.

But then he totally won me over talking about the psychology of poker. His explanation of breathing was remarkable.

I know this sounds silly, but actually he was right on target with his explanation. It was very impressive.

I got my money’s worth.

Well done!

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not for improving

do not buy if you want to improve your game. it's a book of short thoughts.

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Great version of a great book!

I read Elements of Poker when it was brand-new. I had heard many of these elements direct from the author even before then, but the book put everything into a great perspective. Now, the audiobook gives everyone the opportunity to hear him deliver this updated version straight to the "reader." There's nothing like it--I think it's always the case that an audiobook "read by the author" contains details, nuance, and enthusiasm for the subject matter that makes it a cut above.

Also, it is worth pointing out that even a number of years post-publication, the elements still stand up. This book is solid poker content, but I'm still struck by its applicability to other games, other professions, even everyday life. Get it. "Read" it. You'll enjoy it and you'll learn from it.

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Best audio poker book

I've listened to several poker books on audio. I almost didn't buy another one because I find them hard to follow while walking my dog, which is when I usually listen to audiobooks.

This is by far the best audio poker book I've ever listened to. it's full of short simple concepts that make a lot of sense. While some of the concepts are ones I've heard before many are unique and actionable. Even the ones I've heard before are presented in a way that makes me feel like I have a new depth knowledge on the subject.

it's the kind of book that I will listen to over and over again.

Lastly, I find the authors writing style entertaining and humorous. I left out loud several times while listening to this book.

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  • 02-18-21

a timeless classic

With all the changes in poker in the last decade, not many of the books from this era have managed to keep up. Elements of Poker is a notable exception. There is value here for every poker player, and I'm confident this book is an investment that will pay dividends at the tables.

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Must Read for all Serious Poker Players

Brilliant! Tommy Angelo instills many valuable insights on playing poker and more importantly, being the master of yourself.

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One of the best poker books you'll ever listen to

Tommy does a phenomenal job writing nearly 200 Elements Of Poker. This book absolutely trains you on many aspects of how to be a better player. His lighthearted anecdotal style of writing will keep your attention from beginning to end. He covers so many aspects of poker almost nothing is left out. If you grasp a good percentage of his concepts and apply what he teaches you, your game will most certainly improve.

Once you listen to the book 2 or 3 times I highly recommend contacting Tommy as a poker coach for your continued growth. I did and I'm thoroughly pleased, thank you Tommy!

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Improved my play immediately!

Best poker book out there- even for those more experienced cash game players, you will learn at least 1 essential new tactic to improve your game. Tommy’s voice is also one of the best for audiobooks. I wish he would write another- I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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basically the poker bible

hands down the best poker book I've ever read I'm constantly fighting off Pizza tilt!

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Great insights on poker's mental game

The author Tommy narrates his classic poker book. He offers great advice on the mental approach.

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  • 03-19-18

voice from the dead

wow was a real challenge stay awake this is one boring monotone voice. load of rubbish outdated poker concepts... dont waste ur credits

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