Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt, widely acclaimed for his cash poker success, has authored a book “Don’t Listen to Phil Hellmuth: Correcting the 50 Worst Pieces of Poker Advice You Ever Heard” in collaboration with Paul Hoppe with the hope of overthrowing “flawed conventional poker wisdom” and making the reader a better poker player.
Phil Hellmuth, who has collected 11 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, might definitely not agree with Schmidt’s explanation of the game and how it should be played. Hellmuth was recently heard to comment that he is a good poker player because he can read people, has patience, and has invented a new way to play Hold’em that really works. Accordingly to Hellmuth, playing aggressively and forcing the opponent to fold is the only way to win pots.
Explaining the title of his book, Schmidt said that he used to follow the advice of Hellmuth, self-proclaimed poker experts, and television poker announcers in the early phases of his poker career, but now considers their advice to be totally outdated. Claiming that the likes of Hellmuth do not really know how to play modern poker, he admits that they might have succeeded in the past, but have utterly failed to modify their style to match the aggressiveness at modern poker tables. The poker player claims that his book is an accurate guide to poker as it is being played today and will help the player make wiser decisions at the poker tables.
The e-version of Schmidt’s book will be made available on December 6, 2010, and a hard copy of the same book will be released on January 2, 2011. Since Schmidt is a cash game specialist and Hellmuth is a tournament specialist, one wonders how exactly Schmidt has dealt with this major difference. Poker players can also expect an interesting response from Phil Hellmuth.