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5.0 out of 5 stars From Limit to SnGs, KP strategies have worked great for me., February 18, 2006
This review is from: Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments (Paperback)
I bought Kill Phil after Mason Malmuth of Two Plus Two publishing and noted poker authority rated it a 10 out of 10, which is a very rare event. The premise of the book is to teach beginner and advanced tournament players long-ball or big pot strategies. These strategies have several advantages. One it helps negate the skills of better players. These players, the "phils" named for some of the big names in tournament pokers won't want to get involved in big pots even if they are a favorite. They will fear you because you will be willing to play aggressively in these marginal situations. Two, it is an excellent medium to small stack strategy. Many players are too cautious at this stage. KP teaches you to use your stack as a weapon, whereas most players allow themselves to get eroded away. Finally, it is an excellent strategy for late in tournaments as the blinds get very high and you are forced to gamble. KP will teach you when and how to gamble.

The book begins with KP Basic which is a full strategy of poker much like basic strategy with blackjack. It requires no decision making only calculating you stack relative to the blinds and antes. It requires you mostly making all-in moves stealing the other bets and doubling up. I have experimented with basic strategy in 200 low limit Sit n Go's with great success. A return on investmet of 35% and almost 50% in the money. I think my success has been party because I chose a site with a very fast tournament structure. The book adds to KP basic extensively describing KP basic plus and KP Expert. Both teach you to apply KP strategies and adapt them to the circumstances as your experience increases.

For the beginning player you will learn KP basic and it will be very beneficial. You can gain lots of experience and still be a winning player. For the intermediate player, KP will give you another gear and help you tremendously in end game, where many intermediate players are too tight and timid. For the advanced player, it will teach you long ball. A strategy that you can combine with your small ball post flop skills to be very dangerous. A good example would be to use small ball as a big stack and then switch to KP as a medium stack. Although the best players will mix it up throughout the tournament. I highly recommend the book and think it will help everyone's game. As a limit player, my no-limit post-flop skill were pretty weak. KP allowed me to build on these skills while staying a winning player.
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