- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st Edition edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446698601
- ISBN-13: 978-0446698603
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide: Tournament Edition Paperback – June 1, 2007
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A lot of the ideas in this book don’t work against the most advanced players, but in a home poker tournament with friends or bar league with other novice players. This book is helpful.
This book is a pretty good starting point for playing better poker, but if you are looking to make poker a career… How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker by Haseeb Qureshi is a better fit for you.
Also, trying some the ideas in this book in a new home game against very novice player might get you uninvited from future games. You will dominate, but some of the aggressive styles it suggests will not help you make friends.
Overall, I liked this book and found it helpful… but after reading it check out, How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker by Haseeb Qureshi
The title suggests a joined-at-the-hip connection with the web site. Nothing could be further from the truth - the primary connection I see is that the book covers the games played on the site, and the site covers the games played at casinos, the World Series of Poker, etc.
Michael Craig (author of "Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King", probably the best told tale ever of the biggest poker game ever) has done a masterful job of organizing the book. Though I did note a few small grammatical problems, none interfere with either the flow or the message.
Games discussed include: (1) No-Limit Hold'em (of course), (2) Limit Hold'em (similar name, different game), (3) Pot-Limit Hold'em (different strategy requirements), (4) Pot-Limit Omaha, (5) Omaha Eight-or-Better, (6) Seven-Card Stud, (7) Stud Eight-or-Better, and (8) razz. Long, long ago and far, far away I was a Draw Poker and Five-Card Stud player. Things I learned from those games make me a better Hold'em player, and if you'll learn a bit about other variations of poker you will find your game improves.
A story has been told about Chris Ferguson and Andy Bloch in which Ferguson spotted Bloch setting in a restaurant. When Chris went over to Andy's table he saw that Andy was poring over a binder of computer-generated tables, the result of Bloch's extensive simulations of hand versus hand, hand versus table, etc. Ferguson had done precisely the same sort of computations prior to launching his highly successful career in tournament No-Limit Hold'em. The similarity of their style of play - and their success - stems from this mathematical analysis away from the table. In one fact and concept filled chapter of 57 pages Bloch presents a series of tables showing some of the results of his simulations. This chapter alone is worth far more than the price of the book.
Other notable chapters include:
- A chapter on Seven-Card Stud by noted Stud authority Keith Sexton.
- A cram session on Razz strategy by Huck Seed and Ted Forest.
- Chris Ferguson on Pot-Limit Omaha.
- Ironically, Mike Matusow on Omaha Eight-or-Better - a game in which bluffing is particularly difficult written by a master of bluffing at No-Limit Hold'em.
- Limit Hold'em by Howard Lederer.
- Rafe Furst and Andy Bloch on Pot-Limit Hold'em.
- Phil Gordon discusses Short Stack Play in No-Limit Hold'em.
- Gavin Smith shares some of his tricks for Big Stack Play at No-Limit Hold'em.
- And more.
This book does for tournament poker what Super System did for ring games. If you aspire to be good - really good - at tournament poker, you need to study this book.
Those reviews made me decide to buy this one, and I didn't regret it for a moment.
This book is excellent for tournament guidance, it contains material about various poker games, Hold 'em, Omaha, Stud etc, even Razz.
It is written in the style of Super System, with various people writing chapters in it. What is important is that this book is actually not for absolute beginners! You need to know the games to be able to fully understand it, but that is its big advantage also! It does not spend pages after pages on obvious stuff, it is full of advanced (if not proffesional) material!
For those of you who know how to play the games and maybe even tried their luck in a couple of tournaments (online or real life)...
and now want to make the next step and become an actually good tournament player, this book is GREAT!
After all, if Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Ted Forrest, Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow etc give their best it this book (and they do, have no doubt about it!), How can you miss this?
PS: Personally, I would buy this book only for the charts that Andy Bloch gave in it!
Andy has created a "chart of rankings of 169 two-card combination", and then:
-charts of playable hands by position (in percentages, from the previous chart),
-hands to play by position in ante and no-ante tournaments,
-playable hands by position after a reraise,
-Jam or fold and
-"every hand against random hand / top half hands / top quarter hands / top 10% hands"
these charts are pure gold! And they are nowhere else to be found!
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But worthwhile for those with ravenous appetites for all things poker.