The main news for this month is that we’re hard at work on our next three books. The first, Further Limit Hold ’em; Exploring the Model Poker Game by Philip Newall, is now finished and has just been sent to our index builder for creation of the index. We expect the index building to take about three weeks, and then it goes to the printer where another two to three weeks is probably reasonable. So it looks like we’ll have this text around the middle of January of next year.
This is an advanced text on some aspects of limit hold ’em where our author identifies situations that should allow good players to improve on their win rates. It’s not a starter book, but it definitely contains many interesting ideas and concepts.
Our next book, Applications of No-Limit Hold ’em; A Guide to Understanding Theoretical Sound Poker by Matthew Janda is currently being worked on. This is a sophisticated theory book and right at this point in time, even though we have gotten a lot done, there’s still a lot more to do, much more than we have currently completed. So it’s difficult to estimate a publication date right at this moment. But our author is working away so my best guess is sometime during the first six months of 2013.
A few of you are already familiar with Matt’s work at Cardrunners, so there’s already a fair amount of interest in this book. We believe it will be state of the art and will help most players, regardless of current skill level, to play better, and I know this statement is already true with me. However, the reason it’s going slowly is that some of the material has been difficult to express in a clear and concise way. But we’re definitely making progress and expect to produce a great book.
We’re also expecting to receive the next Harrington manuscript early next year which would also put it on a midyear or a little later publishing date. Its title is Harrington on Modern Tournament Poker and of course the authors are Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie. I actually know little about the content, so won’t make any comment here, but we do expect another terrific contribution from Dan and Bill.
Finally, I do want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and look forward to poker having a much better 2013 than 2012. We, as everyone else, don’t know what will happen with the poker laws in the United Sates, and when the US players will get their Full Tilt money back. But we do think that there will be improvement and that within the first six months of 2013, Nevada, and then followed by perhaps a few other states, will have Internet poker again. So we’re definitely optimistic.