I've been blogging about my "Donkness" and my plan to get better. Recently I had the opportunity to read "Treat Your Poker Like a Business" which is written by Dusty "LeatherA$$" Schmidt and I've decided to revise my plan just a bit because of what I read. Here's the review...
Treat Your Poker Like a Business is broken down into two sections. The first Section is all about the title, while the second section has to do with Cash Game Strategy. In my opinion, I would say the book is good, but not yet great. While Mr. Schmidt has a goal of stimulating our minds, so we can think about win rate, I feel the book needs some revision and reorganization of the chapters.
Much of what's in the book is more than adequate to get the point across and to get you thinking. But some chapters started out great and then information was added that didn't seem necessary, while some other chapters seemed like they weren't finished. As an example, Mr. Schmidt talks about having a business plan which is great... okay... how about an explanation of how one is created? or at least a model of his plan that shows what we should be trying to do? Another example, in the "Must Read" chapter, only one author is mentioned, that's it. He's a great author, but should'nt there be more?
There is a section written by his wife that all poker players should read aloud to their significant others, trust me it might help them understand. Then there is a section written by his Mental Coach, which is also some very good advice that we all should heed.
Moving on to the Strategy Section... Mr Schmidt's main focus on the book was in fact the first section, however, he added a Ten Common Situations chapter and a Five Effective Plays Chapter that any cash game player will want to read, because it's something they may want to add to their game.
Overall, I think he was shooting for a Harvey Penick/Phil Gordon Little Green Book style of read, but what I felt I was reading was more of a Dear Abby/ Anne Landers advice column. But the bottom line is that it was "good advice" which I think can be applied somewhat to stt and mtt play as well as the cash games that he recommends you focus on.
Again, I'd like to see the book tweaked a little, but maybe that's the plan for Volume 2 which is supposed to be out sometime later this year. Overall, I give the book a 3 out of 5 star rating.