Limit Hold'em: Winning Short-handed Strategies - Techniques for Limit
Hold'em Games with Six Players or Less by Terry Borer, Lawrence Mak
, Barry Tanenbaum
Full ring limit
hold'em poker games (featuring 9 or 10 players) can be frustrating for the
skilled player. You don't get to play many hands, you can't always exploit weak
play and, facing many opponents, your good hands often don't stand up. What's
the solution? Easy - play short-handed! Short-handed poker features a maximum
of six players and often less.
These games are becoming increasingly
popular and are great to play because: you get to play a lot more hands; you
have more chances to exploit opponents' weaknesses; you get more opportunities
to use all of your poker skills; and, short-handed play is quite different from
full ring play and requires a different approach. This book analyses the
necessary skills: attacking and defending blinds; watching and reading the
opposition; being aware of your own image; and, playing with controlled
aggression. Much of on-line limit hold'em play is moving towards the
short-handed game. Make sure that you have the skills to compete in this form
of the game, as it can be very profitable!
Bigger Deal: A Year on the New Poker Circuit by Anthony
If you are looking for one
of the many technical manuals to improve your poker, this is not the book for
you. However, if you are a keen poker player, but want something entertaining
to read between games, this might be the one. You really need to have read 'Big
Deal' written nearly 17 years before, when Holden first tried his hand as a
poker professional. But even without that, this will still be an absorbing and
In this enjoyable sequel, he revisits the poker world,
playing in card rooms and tournaments in Europe and America, in home games in
his native London and online during 2005 and 2006. The result is a rich account
of how the game and its players have changed over the 17 years since he tried
(and failed) to become a professional poker player. He profiles a range of
people, from poker's living legend Doyle Brunson to the new breed of young
professionals, schooled on the Internet and ruthlessly aggressive, and explores
the reasons for poker's recent, unprecedented boom. Go to the Anthony Holden
The book profiles the 15
most influential players - their origins, development and gambling style, and
most importantly their winning moves. It begins with the legendary players from
the West Texas school - Puggy Pearson, World Series of Poker winner Doyle
Brunson, and Amarillo Slim - and ends with the new crop of players like Daniel
Negreanu, who live in MTV-style 'cribs' and hold court with the likes of Leo
DiCaprio. Plus Chris Moneymaker, Howard 'The Professor' Lederer and Chris
'Jesus' Ferguson, and many more.
This is a well structured look at what
motivates a top poker pro, how they developed individual playing styles as well
as the dedication and work required to make it to the top level of the game.
Interwoven into the story of each player is a history lesson on how poker has
evolved from the early 19th Century to the present day. Always entertaining,
frank and honest. A classic in the making.
Million Dollar Hold'em by Johnny Chan and Mark Karowe
"Million Dollar Hold'em Limit Cash
Games" is destined to be a poker classic and is a must have book for the
serious player looking to gain knowledge of limit cash games. The book offers
practical lifestyle approaches; techniques and strategies to help make you a
profitable cash game player and, perhaps, a wealthy player as well. The book is
easy to read, written in a conversational tone, as if Chan is sitting next to
you at the poker table giving you one-on-one advice and wisdom.
book combines well-written narrative and lots of hand examples to help clarify
the points he is trying to get across. What Dan Harrington's books do for the
tournament player, Johnny Chan's book does for the limit cash game player. The
book does not have an index, and it is not a book you would buy to improve your
no-limit cash play as it is, as titled, a limit cash game
How to Win the World Series of Poker (or Not): An
All-American Tale by Pat Walsh
How to Win the World Series of Poker (or Not) chronicles the
authors journey to play in pokers big leagues: the World Series of
Poker. Pat Walsh begins by playing online poker for pennies at his kitchen
table, continues his expedition with stops at church basements, a mansion, the
back room of a bar, an Indian casino, and finally the hallowed poker rooms of
Las Vegas (known among hobos and preachers as the Devils Porch Light). On
the road to triumph (or ruin), Pat lives out a dream he shares with millions of
other players and fansall the while trying to juggle his family life, his
work, and his beloved gambling. How to Win the World Series of Poker (or Not)
is a book about poker, but it is also a book about those all-American ideas of
using a little bit of skill, a fair bit of guile, and an enormous amount of
luck to grab the big win that will change your life. Or not.
is one of the funniest writers in America. You don't have to be a poker player
or wannabe to enjoy this great book on America's newest love affair--poker. The
dialogue with his wife, convincing her they should invest $10k in the buy-in,
is worth the price of this book alone.
Romping through crooked games, dodgy players, exotic venues and
incredible hands, "Poker's Strangest Moments" celebrates the strange history of
Poker's most celebrated tournament, its World Championship event and the
characters who have graced it with their presence, compiles some of the
strangest things said about the game and fully records the details of the
strangest Poker Year yet, 2006. The Poker world is divided between those who
believe the game to be the most skilled contest ever devised, and those who
believe that success in the game relies on pure luck.
spend half their time protesting that they play a game of skill and the other
half complaining about the influence of luck. It's surprising, then, that this
collection does not include a single example of a 'bad beat' story. Whatever
your view, this book will appeal to the novice player who can barely tell his
flops from his nuts, and equally to the connoisseur of the subtleties of Poker
who has developed and matured his or her skills over many years.
Online Ace: A World Series Poker Champion's Guide
to Mastering Internet Poker by Scott Fischman
Thsi is not a re-write or clone of everything else
already out there. Although it is a niche book-addressing mostly online play-
it is one of the best niche books I've read so far. Unlike many other poker
books, Fischman's books teaches you how to "think" about the game in ways your
opponents might not consider. There are more "nuggets" in this short text than
many of the "cookie cutter" approach books coming down the pipeline.
His format and style are also very refreshing after so many rehashed
"clone" type poker books. Although he doesn't provide a "hand chart" type book,
his strategic ideas are worth their weight and he gives away much more in the
way of "secrets" than many of the other high profile authors seem to be willing
to. If you have not read a poker book prior to this one it will help your game.
You will find it all very useful. It is a great book to make your first poker
book, especially if you do not like maths.
Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategies for No
Limit Tournaments: Workbook v. 3 by Dan Harrington
A very, very good book and unique (I
think) in it's approach to teaching the reader. I have read both of the
previous books in the trilogy and referred back to them on many occasions. They
are practically the "Poker Bible". The beauty of the book is that you learn
from your own mistakes rather than just reading the correct plays and thinking
that you would have come to the same decision too. It will take around 7-10
hours of solid concentration and thinking to complete the 50 problems fully and
accurately and you grade your answers at the end of each problem. I would
definitely recommend this poker to any NLHE tournament player.
format and layout is similar to the example problems given in Volumes I and II.
This time, however, there is a marking scheme to allow you to assess your play.
Refreshingly, examples are taken from both online and live play, and from both
big and small buy-in events. Understand though, that this is tournment hold'em
only. What we need now is a book this good on cash games!
Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No
Limit Tournaments: The Endgame Play v. 2 by Dan Harrington , Bill
This book follows on from
the first book and teaches all the skills necessary to adapt your game when
your stack gets small compared to the big blind. The later section on heads up
is worth the price of both books on its own and is the only work on heads up
play I have found worthy of reading. The key to both of these books which no
other poker book covers is the art of betting - how much to bet and when. Its
what separates the average poker player from the pros and up to now kept as a
closely guarded secret.
Basically these two Harrington books make every
other poker book redundant. If you want to learn the basics of texas holdem get
the Matthew Hilger book. Learn and digest that and then get these two
Harrington books and you will have everything you need to know to become a
winning poker player.
Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No
Limit Tournaments: Strategic Play v. 1 by Dan Harrington , Bill
I have an extensive
collection of poker books from the aggressive teachings of Doyle Brunsons Super
System to the Mathmatical works of David Sklanskey. This is by far the best
book in my humble opinion. Harrington takes you step by step through basic
strategy and subtle plays. When to bet, where to gamble. How to maximise pay
outs on big hands and how to minimise losses on marginal ones.
is non complicated and the diagrams easy on the eye. I still recommend reading
other texts however this must be a priority study aid for No Limit Hold em. By
FAR the best section, in my opinion, was the authors' discussion of when to
call what you suspect might be an opponent's bluff. That's probably the
situation that gives me the most trouble, but Harrington clearly and explicitly
discusses the considerations that you should run through, including assigning
specific probabilities to the possibility that you're facing a stone-cold
bluff; it was utterly invaluable
No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice by by David
Sklansky, Ed Miller
beginners at all, as there is no "play hand (x) like (y)", and quite dry too;
but... Having played a few hundred thousand hands over the years, this is one
of the few poker books that has added significantly to my game. The maths
sections are amazing, there had been a few leaks in my game, where the sums are
actually counter-intuitive, but that's the whole point of learning, no ?! From
my library of about 15 poker books, this is the only one I'm going to
It's a straight forward read but not at all boring. It covers
most if not all of the different aspects you need to master to become a great
player. It's not a receipe book but an awareness book. In other words it
doesn't tell you what to do but what to look for how to look for it. Then
decision making just flows from there...