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Announcing The Release Of My New Book!

After months and months of hard work, I am proud to announce that my latest book that I wrote with Paul Hoppe titled Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth: Correcting The 50 Worst Pieces Of Poker Advice You’ve Ever Heard, is now available for pre orders. On December 6th, the book will be available to download via ebook at Around Jan. 2, the hard copy version will be released. As of now, pre-orders can be taken at this time for both the ebook and the hard copy.

Paul is the author of Way Of The Poker Warrior and I must say, is one hell of a person/writer/poker genius. Paul and I collaborated on this book in a way that I can only imagine very few authors have. We got along tremendously well, became friends in the process and it is our hope, produced one heck of a good book. I can’t say enough about Paul and his ability to help me flesh out so many of the concepts presented in this book. Had it not been for him, there is no way I could have produced this nearly 450-page book that sets the record straight on the 50 greatest misconceptions in poker.

The genesis of Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth is that while many people think I rose through the limits at a furious pace to become one of the biggest winners in online poker history, the fact is that it took me nearly 3 million hands before I even had a win rate over and above whatever I was able to make in bonus money. And looking back I realize that one of the major reasons for this was that I was looking for advice in all the wrong places.

Guys like Phil Hellmuth, whoever won the WPT event that week, poker TV announcers and a host of other self-proclaimed experts who primarily established their reputations at a time when the games were no where near as tough as they are today, were the ones I was listening to. After all, they were on TV and appeared to be making the big bucks, so the idea of taking their advice didn’t seem so bad to a wannabee like myself who was trying desperately to become good enough to play my way out of my tiny apartment and live the life I always dreamed of.

But what I realize now is that many of these folks don’t have any idea how to beat today’s games. They are often players who may done well at poker at one point, but whose games have not evolved to match the aggression of today’s games. Sure, there were some like Phil Hellmuth who were once great players, but many of them simply got lucky at a couple of final tables and were able to build reputations for themselves that far exceeded what they really deserved.

Television has a way of dignifying folks that often don’t deserve the level of respect for their poker games that they would like you to believe they should. For every Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrick Antonius–folks who deserve their reputations and then some–there are a whole host of others who can’t play their way out of a paper bag. And here I was trying to implement their advice for millions of hands and not getting any better!

So with that in mind, we decided to set the record straight on the 50 greatest misconceptions in poker as a way to prevent so many people from going down the same path that I did early in my poker career. Much like my previous book, Treat Your Poker Like A Business, I aim to prevent people from making the same mistakes early in their career. While there is a 60+ page strategy section in Treat Your Poker Like A Business, the aspect of the book that seems to have resonated the most with people is that I essentially shared with the world all of the things that I do away from the tables that goes into my success at the tables.

Many people were under the impression that you just logged on, played great poker and the money would come pouring in. Many didn’t realize what goes in to poker before you can get to that point. And my aim with that book was not only to share that information, but also to prevent people from making the same mistakes with their “poker business” (or potential business for those aspiring to make poker their career) that I had to learn the hard way early in my career. For many, they were able to circumvent the learning process and become highly profitable literally overnight. It feels great to have been able to have played at least some role in the success of others.

But back to Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth. So in this latest book, I also set out to help people NOT make the same mistakes that I made in my poker game of searching for advice in all the wrong places. This book takes the 50 greatest misconceptions about poker and not only sets the record straight on how you should actually be approaching these decisions at the tables, but also serves as an overall strategy guide for beating NL cash games both online and live.

There is something in it for everyone. It is written in such a way that I feel a high-stakes regular could benefit, as well as someone grinding the micro stakes games. It includes charts on what hands to play from every position whether you are raising first in, calling a raise, defending the blinds etc. It covers a plethora of important concepts on preflop, flop, turn and river play. We don’t just aim to give people a fish, but rather teach them how to fish as well. We give very direct advice for a myriad of situations on poker, but also aim to teach people HOW we arrived at these decisions ourselves.

I don’t personally think it does a whole lot of good to tell people what to do with KQ on a QJ8 board against an aggressive player since poker is so dynamic and there are like thousands of boards that can run out in no limit holdem. Rather, the key is to teach people how to think about these decisions. Why do we raise flush draws out of position on one type of board texture against an aggressive player and not another? Why do we play KQ on a K74r flop for stacks against one guy and maybe even find a fold at some point in the hand vs. another opponent type? It’s all in there in this book.

Because the games have gotten so aggressive in recent years, one of the greatest purposes of this book is not only how to not get run over in these aggressive games, but how to make these aggressive players your friend. That is what I really feel is a huge strength of this book. Just like everyone else, I have spent a lot of time frustrated and at times have struggled myself with how to handle the uber-aggressive games of today. What Paul and I intended to do was not only write this book, but also combine our talents in a way that we could improve each others’ game and improve the book at the same time. I am a very intuitive player. I have only on and off used a HUD when playing and make a lot more plays by feel than by numbers.

Paul on the other hand is probably one of the top handful of poker players out there when it comes to the math side of poker. He is sick good! What would take me a calculator and about a day and a half to figure out, Paul spits out the answer in like 2 seconds. So what I was able to do was incorporate the math behind the game of poker in a way that I never could have without him an that should become clear to anyone who reads this book. And I am proud to say that both Paul and I have improved our games immensely through the writing of this book.

In poker, you will never be done improving. You have to work at it each and every day you play poker, especially these days as the games evolve at a break neck pace. Hopefully if you give our book a shot, not only do we think you can speed up the evolution process of your own game at a furious pace, but give you the tools to evolve with the games as time goes on. After all, while we may have just written a book correcting the 50 greatest misconceptions of today, as the games continue to evolve, there is no guarantee some of the stuff we just got through writing won’t be a misconception at some point in the future!

The book is divided into 3 main parts:

Part 1 – 50 Misconceptions: In this section we dedicate one chapter each to a misconception. Most chapters are from 500-3,000 words long. Each chapter aims to not only correct the misconception, but teaches how to properly play the situation. Often it includes several examples of how to properly apply the correct strategy and how to play many similar situations for a profit.

Part 2 – 25 Hands With Dusty:
While the focus of the book is the 50 misconceptions, I actually think there is a lot to be gained from this section as well. In fact, for some this may be their favorite part of the book. We don’t just show a hand I played at the tables and describe the action. But rather, we take you through these very interesting hands from actual sessions of mine in a way that breaks it down so thoroughly that it should give you a very clear picture of not only how to play certain situations at the tables, but also similar situations as well. This part of the book definitely intends to “teach you how to fish” as oppose to simply handing you one.

Part 3 – Quiz: After you have read through the 400 or so pages that got you to the quiz section, we have a lengthy quiz that is designed to test you on how well you have come to understand the material in the book. We pull questions from the book as well as questions related to the material that should serve as a solid test on how well you grasp the concepts laid out in the book.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who made Treat Your Poker Like A Business so successful. It has been nearly a year since Treat Your Poker Like A Business was released and since then it has found it’s way into the homes of tens of thousands of people and has been published in 8 different languages. When I was writing that one in my home in rainy Portland, Oregon, I couldn’t have even imagined that it would have that kind of impact. Thank you again.

I also want to thank everyone who intends to get themselves a copy of Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth. I hope this one can have the same kind of impact on your game as so many of you have shared with me through the thousands of emails and Facebook messages after reading Treat Your Poker Like A Business.

It is a nervous time for me. When I wrote Treat Your Poker Like A Business, I was nervous about it because I didn’t want people to buy it hoping to improve their game only to find little use of it. I certainly had those fears as a first-time author. Today I have not only those same fears, but additional concerns that too much will be expected from this book that it may or may not be able to live up to because of the success of Treat Your Poker Like A Business.

Just as when I released my last book, I am just going to have to trust that with 9 millions hands and 10,000+ hours of experience as well as a hunger to only produce the very best book that I have to offer, that Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth will be a worthwhile purchase for anyone who happens to get themselves a copy.

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  1. Amazing title. I love it lol. I will certainly be getting this.

  2. There has never been a better name for a book EVER !! cant wait

  3. def a good name to get the book some attention

  4. i’ll be really interested how you have gone about tackling how to explain the correct way to approach certain situations.. btw dusty gr8 interview on pokerstactic…
    please please try and get stars to put your books in the vip store…..

  5. btw what really interests me. i read an article of you saying that the games never been tougher and it sounded as if you were kind of complaining about this. how come that you work for a poker training site and give away knowledge when its exactly this what makes the game tougher ? i mean altho im using the content of these sites i just dont get why ppl do it esp successfull pokerpros b/c i doubt trainingsites are a good source of income.

    when will ppl understand that the best way to play onlinepoker profitable in the future is to stop spreading knowledge?

  6. Can’t wait for this book to come out I will be ordering a copy. Keep up the good work Dusty I have already learnt alot from or previous book and video’s.

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