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The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for Today's Aggressive Game
The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for Today's Aggressive Game
by Lee Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.31
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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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