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Why study from a poker book

04/10/2019 by D&B Poker

In a recent interview we did with Byron was asked a question about the merits of learning from a poker book. His answer is something I will publish regularly as it sums up so well why we Byron and I at D&B continue to do what we do.

Alright, I’ve saved my most challenging question for last. A lot of poker study that people do these days, say from a poker training course, involves a video component. What would you say to those who might argue that “the age of the poker book” is in its twilight phase?

Byron: In my opinion there is absolutely nothing wrong with studying poker using video material. As a matter of fact, some people don’t realize that we also produce videos ourselves to accompany our books. With that said, and I’m aware that I’m likely a bit biased as I have been producing books all my life, I firmly believe that the absolute best way to study a subject is by using books.

I think that the beauty of a book is that it absolutely forces the reader to engage with the material. I feel this is an aspect of “media consumption” that is perhaps underrated in the digital age. It’s quite easy to zone out when watching a video… you ‘ll be five minutes into it and enjoying it, but then your mind wanders a bit and suddenly the 40-minute video is over. What happened in that video? Can you write down what you learned? Maybe, but maybe not.

With a book it’s different. If you are on page 25 and you zone out then you will still be on page 25 when you zone back in. It is almost impossible to read a book without really engaging with the material. If you watch a video and don’t understand a point, it isn’t very likely you’ll stop, rewind, and watch again – you will probably just plod on. This is far less likely to happen with a book. If a sentence or paragraph isn’t clear and you don’t fully understand its point, you’ll probably re-read it. And it’s lesson will stick because you’ll have made the effort to understand it.

Lastly, there is simply just a ton of material in books. For example, I co-wrote Moorman’s Book of Poker (with Chris Moorman), which is almost entirely made up of hand analysis. At 380 pages, it’s a fairly standard size for one of our books. I also made a video version using a hand replayer. The total video pack came out at over eight hours long.

So – everyone – buy books! They’re brilliant!