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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I heard that Lee Nelson had teamed up with Kim Lee and Tysen Streib, I had high expectations that the resulting book would be something special, and I wasn't disappointed. While the subject of no-limit hold 'em has been examined extensively in an avalanche of poker books and articles since the poker book of 2003, Kill Everyone covers a lot of ground-breaking material of great importance to no-limit multi-table tournaments, Sit-n-Go's, and cash play. --Blair Rodman, 2007 WSOP bracelet winner, Kill Phil author<br /><br />Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you'll be able to fine tune your play in many common situations with the detailed charts and hand rankings. Read this book before everyone else does and poker tournaments get a lot tougher. --Andy Bloch, professional poker player

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you'll be able to fine tune your play in many common situations with the detailed charts and hand rankings. Read this book before everyone else does and poker tournaments get a lot tougher. --Andy Bloch, professional poker player

About the Author

New Zealander Lee "Final Table" Nelson has been playing tournament poker for 10 years, with live-tournament wins in excess of US$2,000,000. His nickname was given to him by a tournament director who claimed that Lee made the final table so frequently, he was like "final-table furniture." Nelson, won the 2006 Aussie Millions, taking down US$1,000,000 (A$1,300,000), along with the World Open in 2005 (US$400,000). He co-authored the highly acclaimed poker book, Kill Phil, and co-hosts televised celebrity poker shows in both Australia and New Zealand. According to Poker Network's rankings, Lee was the top-rated poker player in Australia/New Zealand for the period 2000-2006. He's a member of Team Poker Stars. Tysen Streib has been a consistently profitable tournament player since 1998, both online and in live play. He specializes in the mathematical aspects of tournament structures and game theory. He has published several highly praised articles in Two Plus Two Internet Magazine and has experience developing artificial intelligence for computer poker players. Although his main passion is poker, Tysen has written articles about and analyzed other strategy games, such as contract bridge. He holds an engineering degree, as well as an MBA. Kim Lee is a university professor. He designed the computer models used in Kill Phil and did the optimal departure analysis for Don Schlesinger's Blackjack Attack.

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A good understanding of your opponents' bubble factors also allows you to apply `fold equity' more effectively.
P. Wong
Still, this book belongs in any poker player's library, so I recommend it to anyone who seeks to become the best poker player they can be.
Robert Rowan
We can always use more books where the authors take the game and their writing seriously in an effort to help the readers.
Movie Madman

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By P. Wong on October 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
The long awaited sequel to 'Kill Phil' has finally been published. Where 'Kill Phil' provided an effective long-ball strategy for neophyte tournament poker players to compete against expert players, 'Kill Everyone' takes the 'Killers of Phils' [who by now should have had a lot of playing experience] to another level of play.
This second book by Lee Nelson and his new collaborators [Tysen Streib and Kim Lee] details some very advanced tournament poker concepts and strategies. It is also based on the modern game [also sometimes called the 'new school'] of very strong aggression. Where 'Kill Phil' emphasized a long-ball strategy due to its target audience being beginning tournament players, this book teaches small-ball play in the early stages of a tournament, and provides further analysis of the long-ball tactics introduced in 'Kill Phil'. Thus, you now have both strategies in your arsenal to be utilized as befits the situation.
The book identifies two key phases of tournament play - the early game, where the objective is to accumulate chips, and then the end-game [when the blinds are escalating, and players are generally in the `move-in' stage], where the goal is to win it all. It is this last phase where the book excels. It is also the most useful, as this is the situation that most players find themselves in - short-stacked or average-stacked. It not only provides detailed guidelines and tables for the strategies to be used but the discussion is strongly backed up by sound game-theoretic analysis. A particularly useful discussion is equilibrium play when far from the money, .i.e. you become short stacked early in the tournament, and you can no longer play `cash poker' - how do you play your short stack optimally?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rowan on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kill Everyone is an ambitious undertaking by veteran poker player's Lee Nelson and Tysen Streib, with the assistant of master odds-calculator Kim Lee. The combination of the "feel" of successful experienced players set on top of a solid mathematical foundation make this book a very credible collection of strategies that can be applied to help any poker player find immediate and long-term success playing Texas Hold'em. No one book can make anyone a great poker player, but Kill Everyone will clue newer players into what some of the strong players are doing to earn consistent profits playing poker tournaments. Having said that, this is not a book for complete novices, as much of the analysis will be lost of inexperienced individuals. For those folks, I recommend Lee Nelson, Blair Rodman, and Kim Lee's Kill Phil, as that book outlines a simple strategy to keep you competitive against stronger players while you are learning the intricacies of poker.

Kill Everyone is full of meaningful insights that are relevant to today's poker games. Many of the well regarded poker books lose their value as their ideas become mainstream. The continuation bet that the masses learned to use to their advantage after reading Harrington on Hold'em means something very different than it did just a few years ago. Kill Everyone explains how the all-in bet is viewed differently than it once was, while also addressing specific scenarios that you will encounter in tournaments. Page through the table of contents and you are sure to see several topics that address parts of your game where you could improve.

I rated this book highly for it's relevancy to today's poker scene and for presenting some ideas that I had not previously seen in print.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Movie Madman on March 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading Kill Phil, I knew this book would be really good. What amazed me was the amount of theory and math loaded in this book. Aside from 2+2 books, I have never seen a poker book with so much indepth analysis. The book has solid advice for all stages of any types of tournamenets. The calculations and decisions that have to be made very quickly will likely become second nature over time. I know it didn't take me long to get very comfortable with the KILL PHIL system and it worked out really well.

There are a number of study groups and Q & A forums on the web to help people understand parts of the book. It will probably not be the easiest poker book you've ever read. A lot of people are taking their time to ensure they understand each chapter before the go on to the next chapter. We can always use more books where the authors take the game and their writing seriously in an effort to help the readers. With effort on your part, you will see improvement in your game using the concepts explained in Kill Everyone.

I'm in agreement with the other reveiwers here, this is a 5 star book and is definitely worth your consideration if tournaments are your thing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Herman Jackson on March 29, 2008
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If you play freeze-out tournaments (Anything else played today?) you'll find this book to be an essential source-book and reference. An understanding of the concepts and examples presented will give any player a better foundation from which to make decisions - and from which to approach the optimum decision at critical points.

The discussion of play on the bubble is alone worth much more than the price of the book. For example the authors present analysis of how often you should push as a function of your bubble factor (ratio of equity loss from losing to equity gain from winning the confrontation) and your opponent's calling frequency. Most players know intuitively that you should push more frequently when (a) your bubble factor is greater and (b) your opponent is more likely to call. But a chart showing the results of the calculations gives insight that can't be gotten otherwise.

One short section attacks the myth that the big stack should call liberally to knock out small stacks. That discussion alone can make the difference between just finishing in the money and making a big win. If you have ever called or raised a bit loosely to knock out small stacks only to find that you've doubled up one or more and made them into real competition while crippling yourself then this section is must reading.

I could continue with examples, but the book is only 348 pages - probably shorter than my examples would be.

I do have a single criticism. The authors (properly) use the Independent Chip Model but without fully explaining the assumptions on which it relies. Like most other authors they do explain that it assumes equal skill for all players.
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