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Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for Today's Aggressive Game, The [Kindle Edition]

Bertrand Grospellier , Lee Nelson , Tysen Streib , Tony Dunst
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Book Description

In the highly fluid and fast-changing tournament-poker universe, the dominant trend is toward looser and more aggressive (LAG) play, in which players move chips around at dizzying speeds. This book shows you how to adapt to the current state if all stages of tournament play, analyzing how and why the LAG and hyper-LAG styles work, and instructing on how to apply--and defend against--them. This book closely examines the many techniques used by the world's most successful players, including 3- and 4-betting, floating and squeezing, smooth-calling and min-raising, thin value betting, and the evolution of the metagame, along with equilibrium strategies based on starting hands and heads-up play. Even the ages and nationalities of your opponents are considered. There's also an extensive bonus chapter on reading tells, contributed by body-language expert Steve Van Aperen. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, one of the hottest tournament-poker players in the world, has teamed up with Lee Nelson and Tysen Streib, authors of the acclaimed advanced tournament strategy book Kill Everyone, and poker star Tony Dunst to pen this groundbreaking title. With tournament poker evolving at a furious pace, serious players need to be ahead of the curve. The Raiser's Edge conveys the powerful state-of-the-art tactics that will get you there fast.


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  • File Size: 4804 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; First edition (June 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DXPYW
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closing the gap between the amateur and the pros October 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
I only know how to play tournament poker, but as the former regional director of Asia for PokerStars, setting up the biggest card room in Asia and having established most of the major tournaments in Asia, I know a lot about the set up the game and the wide range of players who are on the tournament circuit in both Asia and the Australia regions. I use to be able to follow along with the hand analysis between pros about 3 years ago, but in the last year I realized that I have no idea what they are really talking about. The frequency in how players are 3 and 4 betting seem to be every single hand and I remember when this type of live playing style was considered to be a 'train wreak waiting to happen', but now the loose-aggressive player (LAG) and the hyper aggressive players player is the norm at these tournaments. The gap in tournament poker knowledge and understanding has increased dramatically because of the influence of these LAG players who are nearly all from the online tournament world. Which is in of itself a strange turn of events because back in 2002-2005, online players playing live were still considered a joke. By 2009 or so I think there was a general mutual respect due to players like Elky and Durrr in the public eye, but now in 2011, all live tournament players have been forced to adjust to these LAG and hyper LAG players and their styles.

This book is a book that I've been waiting for that bridges the gap for live tournament players who do not play frequently online and can't understand where this type of play is coming from or for guys who learned how to play tournaments a few years back, this book will bring you up-to-date. I think I qualify on both accounts. A lot of the younger pros tell me that the old school pros can't follow what is going on in the game now.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many tables not enough exploitation August 12, 2011
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All in all this is a nice sequel to the previous books Kill Phil and Kill Everyone, but I don't think it's quite worth the buy for a lot of players out there.

Right of the bat I think the content, which is offered, is too deep in terms of all the tables and equilibrium analysis etc. But at the same time it doesn't really offer that much content about exploitive play, which is really what we should be looking at to go to a higher level and to be able to run deep in tournaments.

Examples like 'don't 3bet JJ from the blinds when deep against a LAG, cause you're gonna get owned' show that the book tries to propagate the loose aggressive style, but doesn't elaborate on combatting the style. It basicly says - lay your hands down and blind yourself out until you flop a monster.

Furthermore I think the advice that IS being given is often trivial. Advice like 'if a player calls a lot, adjust by value betting more and bluffing less' just doesn't cut it.

The hand examples from the book are pretty nice and some are really good examples. I like the infamous 'laying down TT' in the blinds example that was presented - from a standpoint of 'what spots should you be looking for and what value do stack sizes have', but don't fully agree with math behind it. All of a sudden the button is only bluff raising 5% and the rest are monsters? Surely this is done to manipulate the TT into a slight dog and therefore a beautiful laydown.

Another thing that was bugging me when I read the book is the fact that Bertrand is continuously referred to as Elky. Elky likes to play one-gappers when xxxxbbs deep from blablabla. It's like we're talking about God. Please....

I honestly expected more from the book. I did take some things away from it and especially from the hand examples that show well how hand ranges come into play in 3bet pots, but all in all I expected some deeper though processes to be exposed.

Good luck at the tables.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another important contribution from Team Nelson! July 29, 2011
By P. Wong
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Team Nelson has done it again! This time round, Lee, together with Tysen Streib, has joined forces with
Bertrand Grospellier (who is currently one of the most successful tournament players around) and Tony
Dunst (another strong young pro) to teach us how to play the modern, ultra-aggressive game, or at least,
to show us how it is done. It completes the trilogy Kill Phil, Kill Everyone, and now The Raiser's Edge, which
will take anyone serious enough to improve his/her tournament play from apprentice, to journeyman, to master craftsman.

It discusses the strategies and thought processes of these successful tournament pros. The authors discusses meta-game and image concepts that they employ to exploit weaker players and to defend themselves against the modern hyper-aggressive players. They dissect hand examples of lines that they take in relation to position, aggression, image and different tournament stages, from early through to final table. This includes a detailed discussion of heads-up play with an analysis of HU Equlibrium Solutions provided by the very thorough Tysen Streib.

A particularly good section for relatively inexperienced players is the chapter on mid-stage (with antes) play. These players generally find themselves either short- or medium- stacked, and find it difficult to play with these stack sizes.

However, where the book really excels, especially for experienced players, including pros, is the detailed discussion
of the 3-betting and 4-betting prevalent in today's modern game. There is a fine line between being a good LAG and a maniac 'spazzing' chips. Not only do we get a perspective from successful pros who play this style of game, but it is backed up by analytics provided by Tysen Streib.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by Luiz Q.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job!
Thanks!! Good job!!!
Published 3 months ago by Vinh Dao
3.0 out of 5 stars No strategy - just past examples
This book is mechanically worded. Does not delve much into reasoning or analysis of playing but recounts examples of hands played. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ramiro Cano
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful tool
Great book for advanced players, read it a few times and use these techniques often as the situations arise in your games.
Published 5 months ago by Darik COnley
4.0 out of 5 stars full of great information/advice
In a nutshell, it was alot of information to absorb as an intermediate player. My game has definately changed since reading this book and my hand range has opened up considerably. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kelly Laveau
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advanced Tournament Poker (but only a starting point)
The best book written on today's hyper aggressive tournament poker. This book is just a starting point for advanced tournament poker. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SCL50
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good book for advanced players.
There are many thing you could learn from this book.You will get better in tournaments if you read the book.
Published 12 months ago by Vladimir Ivanov
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I haven't finished reading it, but so far it has so many interesting concepts.
Very detailed explanations, great tournament book. I wish it was on audio.
Published 12 months ago by Alexandru Ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Today's professional tournament winning play
Excellent book for today's professional tournament play. ElkY is one of the most innovative , respectful and succesfull new generation tournament players,
in both online and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Antonios Fountouris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Poker Books I have read.
I have a read a lot of poker books in my life.
This is one of the best. I also reccomend "Kill Phil".
I have played in a lot of poker tournaments. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Frankie
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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.


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