My First Kindle Purchase

I’ve had my Kindle for a week now, and I am truly digging it. Because of my busy schedule I haven’t had time to sit down and just read a book but with what little time I’ve had to play with it I have been impressed with the quality of the device, the ease of use and the easiness on the eyes of reading on it.

I put a lot of my Fictionwise books on there first, which got me 100 short stories and novels to read almost from the very beginning. I converted a few more review copy books that I had in soft copy. Yesterday I made my first actual purchase from the Amazon website, and I’m deliriously happy with it. The book was Gus Hansen’s Every Hand Revealed, which I started reading today at lunch. It’s a fun and breezy read. When Gus won the Aussie Millions tournament in 2007, he had a little voice recorder with him and after every hand he captured the details. This book covers every hand he actually played all the way from the first round to the last hand. It covers what he had, what he thought his opponent had, why he called, raised, shoved or folded at every point. In some cases it breaks down the math for his calculations of expected value of different plays.

On top of all this, which sounds like it could be heavy, it is written in a compulsively readable, breezy style. Gus is a character, and reading this book I can hear his voice in my head with his Danish accent. There are all kinds of jokes here and it is downright fun to read it. Interesting to me is the number of mid suited connectors that Gus plays. He seems happier playing 89h than a pair of 7s. I know it is a leak in my game that I fold too many of these strong drawing hands, particularly when I’m in position. With Gus as my tour guide, maybe I’ll try to open up this part of my game.

All in all, I recommend the Kindle highly as a device (full review to come after I’ve read a whole book with it) and I recommend Gus’ book from just reading the first 20 hands.

2 Replies to “My First Kindle Purchase”

  1. Nice review, Dave…I’m not a (even close to serious) poker player, though I enjoy the math of it, but you make that book worth considering. And the Kindle makes it easy! Heck…in fact, I just grabbed the sample chapter. That feature in and of itself is a win, IMO.

    Semi-related question…I like the Amazon widget you’re using there! Did you just grab one of the ones you can generate, or is that from a WP plugin? I like how that lays out next to your review; I may have to adopt the style.

  2. All is well…I got it. Found the widget off of Amazon, then perused your page source to see the styling difference for the floating-ness. (my styling skillz are weak. Ok, non-existent. Whatever. *grin*) I’m going to definitely have to use that! Thanks.

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