John Navin is an online stock trader and Poker player. He is also mentioned in The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World’s Greatest Investors You’ve Never Heard Of. Recently, Mr. Navin wrote an article on Forbes explaining why he shifted to Texas Hold Em Poker from Blackjack and how Texas Hold Em offers immense opportunities for beginner Poker players.

Navin says that Blackjack doesn’t provide the proper conditions to win. Only the most advanced players can win in Blackjack. He says that blackjacks once paid 3 to 2, but now they pay 6 to 5 most everywhere. Most of the blackjack tables are closely monitored these days, so even if you are excellent at the game, chances of winning regularly in a single session are pretty slim. On the other hand, Texas Hold Em allows you to win more as it has certain patterns which could be learnt easily. But Navin recommends staying away from the high stakes tables in Texas Hold Em.  Navin specifically mentioned James “Split” Sweeney, who introduced him to Texas Hold Em poker.

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Navin quotes Doyle F. Brunsonin, who, in his classic book “Super System,” says that in Texas Hold Em gives you a chance to learn by giving you the same situation in almost every game. In every Texas Hold Em, you come across a situation which subtly matches with some of the moments of the past games. You can therefore decide and play the right moves and learn from your past mistakes. However, in Black Jack, you have to do the right thing every time and that’s why it’s not good for beginner Poker players.

Navin highly recommends Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker, which was written by famous American poker player and teacher James “Jim” McManus. The book is McManus’ memoirs about 2000 World Series of Poker, in which he entered the Main Event, and reached the final table.

You can see Mr. Navin’s full article here.



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