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Dan Harrington. US $ Bill Robertie. Harrington on Hold 'em. Expert Strategy For No-Limit Tournaments. Volume III: The Workbook. - Evaluating Your Play. Harrington On Hold'em (Volume 2; The Endgame) (Dan Harrington).pdf - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or view presentation slides online. Harrington On Hold'em (Volume 3; The Workbook) (Dan Harrington - ).pdf - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. poker.
In the last couple of years poker has exploded in popularity with the advent of minicams that enable television viewers to watch major events and follow the hands as they are played.
A game once mysterious has become. But now that's all changed. Television tournaments have focused on one variation of poker in particular. Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments. Anyone can win a pot when he flops a monster. The rest is up to you. Part Four. Part Three. I don't have any quarrel with that. The Hands Much of the real value of these books lie in the sample hands.
You should treat these hands as small quizzes. Part Five covers the whole topic of "Betting Before the Flop. Part Six. In Volume II I'll talk about the tough issues involved in negotiating the later stages of a tournament. My goal is to teach you how to think like a poker player. Others involve a series of difficult moves as the hand evolves. Part Seven covers fourth and fifth street action. I'll show you a number of sample hands and compare them to various flops. It also explains how to observe yourself.
In each hand I've laid out the table position and chip counts. I hope you become one of those winners. Take the hands seriously. It's how you play when you don't flop one that will decide whether you're a winner or a loser.
Study the hands. It would be easy to read through the text and convince yourself that. I've tried to present the game the way I Play.
With the help of this book. Master the material in these two books. There you'll find discussions of moves and bluffs. But that's not real poker. There is some. Poker on television needs to appeal to a wide audience of mostly casual players. The hands have been compiled over the years from a variety of sources. Tournaments are won and lost in the trenches.
Some of the hands hinge on the single crucial decision of whether or not to enter the pot. The chapter covers pot odds. Big blind: A forced bet made by the player to the left of the small blind. My recommendations are always reasonable but under certain conditions a different play could be slightly or even clearly better.
In that case. Money placed in the pot by all players at the beginning of a hand. But in case you've been out of touch the last couple of years. Keeping your head at the table and thinking clearly is far more important. A card which will give you a 6. A player with the best possible hand has the nuts. Blinded away: If the player with the short stack doesn't play many pots.
Hole cards: The two down cards dealt to each player at the beginning of the hand. If he uses his chips to push the other players around. Fifth street is followed by a final betting round. When two players hold ace-king and ace-queen. Fourth street is followed by a betting round. A bet or raise of all the chips you have in front of you.
Initial pot: The sum of the blinds and antes if any before the betting starts. Covered bet: Your all-in is covered if your opponent has more chips than you. Three cards turned face up simultaneously in the center of the table. But you don't need to be a math whiz to play good poker. Cut-off seat: The player to the right of the button.
These cards are common to all hands. Brief Glossary If you've watched some television tournaments. In a typical tournament.
The flop is followed by a betting round Fifth street also known as the "river": The fifth and last card turned up in the center of the table. Big stack: The player with the most chips at the table. No other player can see these cards. A little math facility is a good thing. When two hands share a common hole card. But with experience you should be able to recognize most of them when they come up.
The button is marked by a white disk which moves around the table counter-clockwise. Bill Robertie and I can't enumerate every possible change in condition that would make this so without having a 2.
Fourth street also known as the "turn": The fourth card turned faced up in the center of the table. The player to the right of the small blind. Alan Schoonmaker for his help with the English. I want to thank Gary Alstatt of Creel Printing for his back cover design and art work throughout this book.
In addition. I want to thank David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth for their comments throughout this manuscript. In a few cases. Brandon Smeltzer. Small blind: A forced bet made by the player to the left of the dealer to initiate action. The pile of chips in front of each player. Stack ratio: The ratio of the number of chips in your stack divided by the initial pot. Short stack: The player with the fewest chips at the table.
Side pot: When several players go all-in. This number determines how aggressively you want to play. A player holds a hand so strong that he doesn't really care what his opponents have. Don't make the mistake.
For example: A player holds a hand so weak that he thinks he's sure to lose a showdown. The Cadillac of Poker If you've watched televised poker at all.
Professionals rank the different forms of poker by how much they consider their entry fees in a tournament to be worth. To make an informed estimate. An estimate of the hand their opponent may hold. The money odds being offered by the pot. The likelihood that their hand will improve as more cards are dealt.
The likelihood their opponent's hand will improve. But it's not. Top seven-card stud players. An entry to a razz or Omaha tournament yields about the same value. The pot odds are so large that he can play the hand with almost any holding. Since you don't have to show your cards down to win. Players make bets and call bets based on their estimate that their hand which they see will.
In classic five-card draw poker. Once again basic strategy becomes mechanically simple "Don't play unless you can beat the board.
Information Availability Poker is a game of incomplete information. These gains and losses don't occur immediately.
By making superior deductions about the hands their opponents hold. It's now your opponent's turn. Whenever their opponent misreads the situation and makes such an error. The flush. The best poker variations strike the right balance between hidden and exposed cards. Every time you induce a mistake from your opponents you gain.
But actually it hinges on two technical factors: Aside from the betting patterns. Controlling Pot Odds The goal of all forms of poker is to avoid making mistakes while inducing as many mistakes as possible from your opponents. Example No. From game to game. There are a variety of mistakes one can make in poker. Many think it has something to do with making big all-in bets. This principle governs all games which are mixtures of skill and chance. Two hidden cards allow plenty of room for deceptive maneuvering.
Let's look at each factor in turn. He has seen six cards so far. Here players have only one hidden hole card. But in the very long run.
Every time you make a mistake. With so little information to weigh. At the other extreme of poker variations lies another classic game. How much information is hidden and how much is available greatly affects the interest and playability of a game.
You may make a bad mistake and still win a hand and pull more chips into your stack. What position was the first caller in? I guess he was second.. But anyway. So I'm holding king-queen suited. And what were the blinds? If he's drawing to a flush. Because you had an unlimited choice in what to bet. Your bet was perfectly correct as well since you're a 4to-l favorite to win the hand. How many chips did you have? I guess maybe I was fifth to act.
What is a Hand? If you go to a poker tournament. Of the remaining 46 cards in the deck that he hasn't seen. Since the pot odds are smaller than the chance of making his hand. The pot is only offering him 2to-1 odds.
The other 37 cards will lose for him.. It's an entire situation. How many chips did he have? You mean the guy who raised me? I don't know. A typical hand discussion between a beginner and a top player might go something like this: Can I ask you a question about a hand? To the pro.
Now suppose we have the exact same hands and pot. Since the pot odds are bigger than his odds of making the winning hand I called. What position are you in? Oh I don't know. And everyone else folded around to me. Your opponent can still call the bet. The odds against hitting his flush are 37to-9 against. Those errors end up as money in your pocket. You can bet any amount you want. I want to talk about the hand!
To the beginner. By controlling the pot odds. Most players turn conservative and try to preserve their chips. At the end of a tournament. Where do you sit in relation to the aggressive and passive players? What are your cards? This might seem like a lot of things to consider before making a play. What's the status of the tournament? The most profitable style to play at any moment is usually the opposite of the style of the other players at the table.
But if the table has a lot of aggressive players. As the number of players shrinks and gets close to the prize cutoff. Aggressive players are harder to read. How many players are at your table? A full table players requires generally tighter play. If the table is aggressive. The character of the players at your table also determines how slow or fast you want to play. At a short table 6 players or less. The more people there are to act behind you.
Now let's take a look at the elements one by one. If this were a short list. You want to stick around. How many active players are left after you act? One notable tournament in paid nine places out of entries.
Who are the players at your table? Are they aggressive players. What bets have been made in front of you? A good player considers all elements of the hand before making a play. What are the pot odds? Good players become more aggressive and see this period as the best chance to make some easy money by stealing chips.
How big are the other stacks at your table? That just means your hard work will be well rewarded. How does your stack compare to the blinds and antes? A table with a lot of passive players is a comfortable table. It's a good situation. Most tournaments pay prizes to about percent of the field. If the table is tight.
Here are the basic elements: Are there name players with known styles. You'll get away with it often enough to make money. Enter pots only with solid hands that you can play with confidence. As long as the cut-off point for prize payouts is distant. What is your position at the table after the flop? If however. A pair of jacks is a good hand when several players in front of you have folded. You always want the pot to offer you better odds than the odds of filling the hand you're drawing to.
If you have a large stack compared to the other players. If for instance. If your action potentially ends the betting on the hand. Of course it is often worth drawing to a hand without the proper odds if you believe your implied odds the present pot plus possible future bets you can win are there. You'll have to pick a spot and try to double or triple up. Now you'll often want to make money in one full swoop.
That way. You don't actually care about the absolute size of the blinds and antes. The more potential action. You have the power to eliminate them completely from the tournament. All other hands have to be evaluated in terms of the betting that has already occurred. The only absolutely strong hand before the flop is a pair of aces. Reason being that you can check your strongest hands to them with the intention of check-raising both that player and those who call him.
With aggressive players sitting behind you. What's important is their size relative to your stack of chips. Pick a good hand and be prepared to go all the way with it. When making a bet. If they're tiny compared to your stack. Either a call or a raise can be answered by a reraise from the first player.
If you have the smallest stack.
You have to play much more cautiously when you can't be sure of the action behind you. If your stack is in the middle of the pack. Unless you can accumulate chips steadily. Since action proceeds clockwise around the table. Top players calculate pot odds routinely when deciding whether to play or fold. Marginal hands might be played if you know you will have position on other players.
Your position at the table. It's bad to act first in a hand. As in many competitive occupations. Those of you who have seen the ESPN broadcasts of the tournament might recognize the hand.
Position is so important that players will make moves just to secure favorable position on subsequent betting rounds. Before the flop raises are usually described as multiples of the big blind. Before the flop. You will sometimes find yourself in situations where you'll make a play regardless of the cards in your hand.
At the start of the hand. Sam was first to act after the blinds. Playing good poker is a matter of balance. Professionals have a convention for describing the size of raises. It's from the final table of the World Series of Poker. A pair of nines is a good hand at a sevenhanded table. The range for initial bets is usually about two to five times the big blind. But so do all these other aspects of a hand. With seven players left. Here were the players. After the flop raises are described as fractions of the existing pot.
It's good to act last. Here's an example of just how important position can be. If a world-class player were to play a heads-up session against a player of mediocre skills.
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When that happens there's no recourse but to be ruthlessly determined and objective until you put the puzzle back together again. You look over the situation. He may have just wanted to mix things up a bit. He couldn't know. Vahedi called. I can let position. Vahedi wins huge pots when a flop perfectly matches one of his mysterious holdings. After weighing the various considerations. Balanced against that is a series of small losses when unpromising hands like this one don't pan out.
In other words. Chris would act last for all subsequent betting rounds. It's not a strong hand. Chris had been playing conservatively at the start of the final day. Vahedi's style works for him. Volatility is a mathematician's word for the size of the money swing on the hand.
Notice that part of his motivation for calling was the excellent pot odds. Chris Moneymaker. Another factor might have entered into his decision. In this case two factors pushed me towards calling instead of raising: Dan Harrington.
He had the additional problem that Tomer Benvenisti. Amir Vahedi. I could certainly put in a good-sized raise.
I was just one off the button. I could also just call and see how the hand develops. I'll have more to say about playing styles in Part Two.
Yong Pak and Jason Lester. I decided just to call. I thought I was one of the better players remaining at the table.
But if Benvenisti had a hand and elected to raise. If Benvenisti folded or just called. The strength of Vahedi's style is that it's almost impossible to know what he's holding at any time. The pot odds were quite favorable: I'll have much more to say about the subject of pot odds and hand analysis in Part Four.
Folded their hands. When I have position. According to traditional hand evaluations. But Amir enjoys making plays like this. Vahedi's play was a little riskier than it looked. A weaker player in the same situation should be looking to increase volatility. But I don't make my choices completely at random. I don't need to play the hand as strongly before the flop. I like to alternate between these two plays in similar situations with hands like ace-king or ace-queen.
His pot odds were to I'll discuss playing after the flop in more detail in Part Six. I'm done with the hand. Did the flop help me? And he knew that the flop probably didn't help either Moneymaker or me.
The flop might have helped either Vahedi or Farha. Vahedi checked. I can't fault him for checking here. Sam has hit the jackpot. In any event. If he did hit that straight however. So my bluffing chances are pretty much gone. Given what I know about the other players. Given how I'm perceived at the table. Each player has to evaluate the flop for what we call its "texture. He also knew the other players have to be worried the flop might have helped him.
Vahedi knew the flop didn't help him much. If he thought the bet would win the pot just one time in three. If this situation occurs three times and you win one of them. I'm pretty sure he would have made a bet of about half the pot here. He did have a gutshot straight draw a straight draw missing an inside card. The probability of hitting that straight was about 8 percent if he got to see only one card.
Sam Farha. Tomer Benvenisti. I was thinking as follows. Folded in the big blind. If Vahedi were up against just a single opponent. I view the flop in the light of three questions: At this point. With no flush or straight draws on board. Against two or three opponents. Since Moneymaker has been playing conservatively.
A half-pot bet would have given his best chance to win the pot since it carried a great risk-reward ratio. If you win more than one-third of the time. It also reveals absolutely no information about Sam's real hand. Vahedi elected to wait. But was actually quite a good move. So Sam correctly decided to bet. Sam's bet seems to be asking "Am I strong or weak here? He can't lay down top pair yet.
With his aggressive reputation and a favorable situation at the table. I'd be done with the hand. Vahedi had nothing. To Vahedi. An inexperienced player in Sam's position would probably check. It's a small bet. Based on what Vahedi had seen so far. Even the generous pot odds aren't tempting me to call. Chris elected to call here. With the murky action around the table. On camera. With any luck. I like to play in a way that defines my situation with a single bet.
Sam Farha is a very aggressive player who opened for a raise preflop. That's what we call a probe bet. So Vahedi simply calls Farha's bet and prepares to move next round.
It serves his purposes. Given these facts. I'm out of there. If my raise didn't win the pot on the spot. Vahedi now made a move at the pot. The flop probably missed Harrington and Moneymaker.
Amir Vahedi checked in first position. I would have probably raised with his hand. But should he make it right now. To understand why Sam took a different approach. Good in a relative sense. An ace would be bad since.
A very smart play. I have two overcards. I don't know what the other sharks have. An ideal card. Sam comes over the top with his trip nines. Sam's call last turn showed Amir that he was beaten. Going the other way with my close decision would have radically affected the situation at the table. With Amir's check. Sam was delighted to see Vahedi's bet. Sam realized that he probably can't win any more money this hand. In the short run.
Vahedi says he has a big hand. In the long run. But suppose I had been just a little impatient. But not everyone appreciates exactly how much luck is involved. After the flop Sam checks his trips. When we see someone stay alive by hitting a to-l shot on the river. I realize I'm beaten and fold. I'm crippled. Chris commented "You boys have fun" and threw his hand away.
For instance. Could he extract any more money from Moneymaker? Probably not. I thought at the time it was a very close play. On fifth street. Here's what would have happened: Now the server flips a drop shot to the opposite side of the court. The server blasts another shot to the same area. Strike two is a another fastball. Strike one is a high fastball on the inside corner. The next pitch is a sharply breaking curve.
Up to the plate walks an opposing batter. In this chapter. Avoiding all-in moves unless your hand is highly likely to prevail in a showdown. Depending on your personality. Optimal money strategy is to simply lay back and wait to score on your occasional big hands. Since players almost always download in for an amount equal to several hundred times the blinds. Strike three. His opponent runs across the court but can't quite reach the ball.
Playing the hands in a way that makes your subsequent decision-making easier and clearer. The emphasis is on preserving your stack by using a set of defensive strategies: Now imagine you're watching a tennis match at Wimbledon. The server blasts a ball to the backhand side of the court. Tournament play evolved later. The batter hunkers down and wonders where the next fastball is going.
The opponent again returns the ball. Playing fewer. Like these two examples. When experienced money players made the occasional move into tournaments. Style 1: The Conservative Approach For a conservative investor in the equity markets.
His opponent returns the ball with difficulty. For many years the World Series of Poker was the only no-limit hold'em tournament in the world. The batter lunges. As in baseball and tennis. Part Two Playing Styles and Starting Requirements Introduction Imagine you're watching a major-league pitcher known for his blazing fastball.
If you decide to enter a pot that someone else has already opened. Opening Requirements in Conservative Play These suggested opening hands apply to a full table of nine or ten players. It may be your natural style. David Sklansky. All pairs 2. Every pot you enter has the potential of consuming all your chips. You'll enter comparatively few pots. Unless the players at your table are asleep at the switch.
In the World Series of Poker. When you do enter a pot. The following hands are all possible opening hands for an aggressive player: Any two face cards. I agree. If you try conservative play and you like it. You'll win a lot of small pots. Also raise with nines or eights. Late seventh or eighth Position: Raise with all the above hands. When the flop misses you. Players will have to draw out to catch you. If you start with good hands and the flop hits you at all. Remember there is a difference between opening a pot and entering a pot that has already been opened.
In the space of just two hands and five minutes of play. Raise with ace-king suited or unsuited or ace-queen suited. If someone before you opens from middle position. You'll have relatively easy decisions to make after the flop. Most books recommend that beginners adopt conservative play as their style.
Perhaps you're just a bit too flamboyant for conservatism. That grim reality necessitates a certain degree of caution when starting out. Style 2: The Aggressive Approach Someone using the aggressive style would open with all of the hands used by conservative players. Playing conservatively has the great merit of keeping you out of a lot of trouble. Also raise with sevens. Middle third through sixth Position: Raise also with a medium pair like jacks or tens in an effort to reduce the field.
Early first or second Position: Raise with a high pair aces. When you play conservatively. But if it leaves you feeling a little cramped. Beginners tend to lose all their chips in these situations. An aggressive player will face much bigger swings in stack sizes.
That's what makes this style so exciting to watch. An aggressive player steals a lot more pots. When facing a conservative player.
That's why beginners are well-advised to begin with conservative play. The aggressive style is not inferior to the conservative style in theory.
An aggressive player plays a lot more pots. Aggressive players aren't terribly concerned with positional requirements. Let's look now at the super-aggressive style. Have a lot of Ace-anything 4. That's the good news. An aggressive player is much harder to read. Against a super-aggressive player. A super-aggressive player is quite capable of opening with any two cards.
The idea of the super-aggressive style is to play a lot of pots and see a lot of flops. But even if their hand doesn't have solid value. Because a super-aggressive player can play a lot of hands from a lot of different positions. An aggressive player is more likely to win big on his monster hands. Compared to conservative play. Balancing it is some bad news. If even aggressive play seems too tame for you.
Style 3: The Super-Aggressive Approach "Starting requirements? We don't need no stinkin' starting requirements! It's much harder to tell if the flop helped an aggressive player or not. Check out the book for yourself and see how you like it. What are the best poker books to read? You will often hear people disagree when trying to answer this question.
The truth is somewhere in between. I am convinced that those poker books that were good five or even ten years ago are still worth reading today, despite the game changing a lot.
For someone just learning the ropes, this will be an excellent resource, guaranteed. This book will help you get a whole new perspective on the game and really shift your focus from just hanging around to putting yourself in the best possible position to win. Why should I read poker books? Most beginner poker players are introduced to the game through poker books. Of course, your poker training regimen should include my extensive poker strategy pieces as well.
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Which poker book should I read first? The best answer to this question is, as you would expect — it depends. Are you looking to start playing more tournaments or want to give cash games a chance for a change? All these questions come in play when trying to pick what poker books you should give your attention to. This book will provide you with all the fundamentals you need to start playing within a few hours.
It may not teach you too much about the strategy behind the game, but that comes later anyway. For your very first steps, this book is a great read. The advice contained therein is invaluable. Are there any poker books for beginners?
The most important thing for poker beginners is to correctly structure the information they receive from various sources. Along these lines, picking up the best poker books can be somewhat challenging in a sense that you want to find the one that will give you a good advice but that will not overwhelm you with too many complex concepts at the same time.
Beginners should pick their poker books wisely, so to get the information they need but put together in a way they can understand What are the best poker books to read for cash games?
For anyone looking to improve their ring game skills, these books will be a great resource.Players who have been at it for a while often disregard the value of reconsidering some key concepts or simply lose sight of certain strategies they used to successfully use in the past but have since removed them from their arsenal for unknown reasons.
It just depends on how quickly players react to your natural style. Feb 11, Sarah rated it it was amazing. But Amir enjoys making plays like this. Each problem puts you at a table and follows the action of a hand through from beginning to end. Redownloads happen only during a redownload period at the start of the tournament. Sign in Already have an account? This book explains the game in a simple and easily understandable format. Sort order. You have the power to eliminate them completely from the tournament.
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