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Every Hand Revealed Paperback – May 1, 2008
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I wanted to be more than entertained, I wanted to learn how a top poker pro analyzes his way through a tournament. Watching WPT six person final tables, while good, reveal very little about the players bobbed and weaved their way to the final table. Worse, WPT airs only the most entertaining hands, leaving on the cutting floor most of the final table action. With Every Hand Revealed, you get to see how play developed over the course of days, rather than minutes. Not only do you get the insights into Hansen's thinking, but you get to see what counter strategies his opponents adopt. Hansen provides a real education into applying pot odds to a variety of hands (329 hands to be exact), singular insight into winning strategy (I know of not one player that plays quite like Hansen), and how to interpret, and take advantage of, your opponents' playing style. Given the many terrible poker books released recently (like Daniel Negreanu's "Hold'em Wisdom for All Players" and anything by Phil Helmuth), I was skeptical that this book would be worth my time or money. I cannot recommend it more highly!
There are tons of books on 'systems' 'strategy' and all the rest. This is a different way to talk someone through a certain poker mindset and the grueling days of a poker tournament. And that's what is really great about this book. He admits sometimes he plays in ways that don't really make sense or fit into a system. Sometimes you just get a feeling about a certain hand or bet or player.
The other thing that really helps this book is, unlike watching WSOP on ESPN (or any other poker program) is that they cut the 'nothing' hands. Here, Gus leaves no hand unturned (in a sense) even he was forced to edit out some mucked hands, but in any situation where he threw chips in, he writes about it. And he wins those pots before the flop on a regular basis- one of his keys to building up the war chest for bigger pots to come.
He talks a good amount about the mathematics of hands and pots and how to bet, but it doesn't really bog down the flow of the book (that kind of stuff is better explained elsewhere, he's just talking shop). If you like poker, you will enjoy this book.
But it's a great book for another reason: if you've seen Hansen play on TV (and I have, a lot), it might seem that he's a little nuts at times. He often has played very aggressively, even recklessly, but other times he'll seemingly be the tightest player at the table. I always wondered why this was. Well, apparently it's all part of a well-constructed master plan. He's not making it up as he goes. He has perhaps thought deeper in certain areas than some of his peers or at least come to contrarian conclusions. Most amazingly, he explains much of this deeper planning and thinking in the book. It's not just 300+ hands explained individually; there's a good dose of deeply-considered strategy, too.
Another of the book's strengths: the degree of math is just right -- not an inhumanly large amount like some books, but not zero, either.
The only negatives are very minor: the paper used is thin and rough (highlighting shows through the page), but that's why it's so affordable; and Gus's prose is a little awkward at times, but English is his second language and he more than makes up for any awkwardness with the cheery, honest attitude that shines through the writing.
Add another positive review to the pile! 4.5 stars out of 5 (5 out of 5 when the book's low price is taken into consideration).
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