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Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments Paperback – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Pres; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will be a dangerous weapon in the poker world. A detailed strategy for future tournament-poker champions. --Joseph Hachem, 2005 World Series of Poker Champion

The best book on tournament no-limit hold 'em I've ever read. --Russ Hamilton, 1994 World Series of Poker Champion

It's like giving the gun to the rabbit. --Marcel Luske, two-time Hall of Fame Classic Champion

About the Author

Blair Rodman made a name for himself in the 2004 World Series of Poker, where he made it into the prize money six times and played at three final tables. He topped it off with a terrific five-day run in the World Championship, eventually finishing 54th out of 2,576 players (one spot behind the legendary Doyle Brunson). Blair continued the pace in 2005, making two final tables on the WSOP circuit and finishing second in the World Poker Tour finale at the Reno Hilton for a $327,000 payday. Blair is currently ranked 10th in the world in the 2005 World Poker standings. Lee Nelson is the top-rated tournament poker player in Australia and Asia, named the Austral-Asia Grand Champion for 2000-2005. In 2005, Lee won the Party Poker World Open with a $400,000 first prize, the $120,000 High-stakes Speed Poker event, and the 7-card stud championship at the Aussie Millions, as well as the pot-limit Omaha event at the Irish Open. Lee also took down the no-limit hold 'em tournament at the St. Maarten Open in late 2004.

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Lee Nelson is the top-rated tournament poker player in Australia and Asia, named the Austral-Asia Grand Champion for 2000-2005. In 2005, Lee won the Party Poker World Open with a $400,000 first prize, the $120,000 High-stakes Speed Poker event, and the 7-card stud championship at the Aussie Millions, as well as the pot-limit Omaha event at the Irish Open. Lee also took down the no-limit hold 'em tournament at the St. Maarten Open in late 2004.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend the book and think it will help everyone's game.
Charles Clarke
You can still make "longball" plays after you've seen if you have an actual hand or not (and whether your opponent is likely to have something).
Jon
The book is easy to read and the concepts are pretty simple to use the day you get the book at the most basic level.
Movie Madman

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By J. Rubino VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
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This book is going to change the way you approach tournament no limit holdem. It will be an essential book to round out your no limit tournaments library.

The subtle beauty is that this approach can allow inexperienced or moderately experienced players to negate some of the skill edge veteran and expert players hold. This book is a detailed and expanded version of "The System" described in David Sklansky's "Tournament Poker for Advanced Players", which Sklansky designed to allow a complete novice to be competetive in a big buy in tournament.

Before "Kill Phil" was published many of the young, aggressive players were already using this type of approach with good success against the veteran tournament pros. It is an interesting strategy which if you don't know and understand will leave you behind against the rest of the players who do know it. I will go out on the proverbial limb here and predict that this book will become an instant classic and "must own" book in any players no limit tournament library. It is that good.

It is not the "Holy Grail" for no limit tournaments, but because it is so powerful, you must understand how to use it and when it is being used against you. It does have drawbacks certainly, but used as described will minimize some of the skill gap for lesser experienced players where they may be put to tough decisions too often. The core of the system is a combination of math and psychology; the system has you making some hyper aggressive plays with hands that don't seem to warrant it, but the psychology of the all in bet coupled with the possibility of elimination if you call- and either guess wrong or are outdrawn -make it a devastingly effective strategy in the right situations.
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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Jon on February 9, 2006
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I suppose I understand where these authors are coming from; they know that the WSOP and WPT hype has brought a lot of new players into the game of hold 'em, particularly into tournament play. Now, the best way to become a quality poker player is to rack up experience at the tables; but, they offer this book as a short-cut to the impatient. Allegedly, this is to help them do better while learning the game. But I question that approach because the Kill Phil strategy is largely formulaic. Exactly how does one learn the game while following a relatively fixed formula?

And what exactly does the formula consist of? Essentially, it involves pushing all-in before the flop or folding. The authors rarely ever discuss playing past the pre-flop stage, referring derisively to such tactics as "smallball." Folks, hold 'em is not a game that's supposed to be played with only two cards; waiting to see a five card hand before deciding to play for all your chips should not properly be classified as "smallball," whatever the authors say on the matter. You can still make "longball" plays after you've seen if you have an actual hand or not (and whether your opponent is likely to have something).

What does this system offer? Basically, this book concedes that you're a sub-par poker player and unable to compete with quality poker players at their own level; so, instead of doing that, the book offers a fairly mindless system to employ to force coin-toss confrontations against your opponents. Basically, if there's a certain amount of money in the pot, and you're likely to be 50-50 or so against any hand your opponent might have, the book advises you to push all-in pre-flop.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Movie Madman on May 8, 2006
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Great poker players want to enter a lot of pots and beat the amateur players on the late streets. This is small ball poker. Kill Phil allows you to side step the advantage of the pros by getting all the money into the pot before the flop--before the pros can outplay you later on in the hand. This is long ball poker.

The great thing about this book is that while you are using the long ball tactics, you can learn small ball tactics by observing other players. So rather than getting eaten up in a tournament, you are going further and learning at the same time.

Another good thing about the book is that as the blinds and antes increase, all of the players should start adjusting to long ball tactics. Some players don't know how to make the proper adjustments, so they fall short at the end. This is where even an advanced player would benefit from the book.

Because the techniques work extremely well when blinds and antes have increased and decisions need to be made for greater portions of your chip stack, I have found this system to be most effective in the turbo style NL tournaments.

There are different levels of Kill Phil, going from basic to advanced. As you move through the system, you are not just moving all in with AA or KK like you would at the basic level. You play more flops and become an aggressive force at the table.

I would say this belongs on the book shelves of most regular NL tournament players. The book is easy to read and the concepts are pretty simple to use the day you get the book at the most basic level.

Additional thoughts: I have had this book for about 6 months now and it has done wonders for my tournament play.
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