- Paperback: 381 pages
- Publisher: Two Plus Two Pub.; First Edition, 3rd Printing edition (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781880685334
- ISBN-13: 978-1880685334
- ASIN: 1880685337
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 405 customer reviews
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Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play Paperback – December 1, 2004
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About the Author
Dan Harrington began playing poker professionally in 1982. On the circuit he is known as Action Dan, an ironic reference to his solid but effective style. He has won several major no-limit hold em tournaments including the European Poker Championships (1995), the $2,500 No-Limit Hold em event at the 1995 World Series of Poker, and the Four Queens No-Limit Hold em Championship (1996).
Dan began his serious games-playing with chess, where he quickly became a master and one of the strongest players in the New England area. In 1972 he won the Massachusetts Chess Championship, ahead of most of the top players in the area. In 1976 he started playing backgammon, a game which he also quickly mastered. He was soon one of the top money players in the Boston area, and in 1981 he won the World Cup of backgammon in Washington D.C., ahead of a field that included most of the world s top players.
He first played in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold em Championship Event of the World Series of Poker in 1987. He has played in the championship a total of 15 times and has reached the final table in four of those tournaments, an amazing record. Besides winning the World Championship in 1995, he finished sixth in 1987, third in 2003, and fourth in 2004. In 2006 he finished second at the Doyle Brunson North American Championships at the Bellagio, while in 2007 he won the Legends of Poker tournament at the Bicycle Club. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most respected no-limit hold em players, as well as a feared opponent in both no-limit and limit hold em side games. He lives in Santa Monica where he is a partner in Anchor Loans, a real estate business.
Bill Robertie has spent his life playing and writing about chess, backgammon, and now poker. He began playing chess as a boy, inspired by Bobby Fischer s feats on the international chess scene. While attending Harvard as an undergraduate, he became a chess master and helped the Harvard chess team win several intercollegiate titles. After graduation, he won a number of chess tournaments, including the United States Championship at speed chess in 1970. He also established a reputation at blindfold chess, giving exhibitions on as many as eight boards simultaneously.
In 1976 he switched from chess to backgammon, becoming one of the top players in the world. His major titles include the World Championship in Monte Carlo in 1983 and 1987, the Black & White Championship in Boston in 1979, the Las Vegas tournaments in 1980 and 2001, the Bahamas Pro-Am in 1993, and the Istanbul World Open in 1994.
He has written several well-regarded backgammon books, the most noted of which are Advanced Backgammon (1991), a two-volume collection of 400 problems, and Modern Backgammon (2002), a new look at the underlying theory of the game. He has also written a set of three books for the beginning player: Backgammon for Winners (1994), Backgammon for Serious Players (1995), and 501 Essential Backgammon Problems (1997).
From 1991 to 1998 he edited the magazine Inside Backgammon with Kent Goulding. He owns a publishing company, the Gammon Press, and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Patrice.
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This classic by superstar Hold'em Tournament player Dan Harrington is well regarded by experienced poker players everywhere. It is a "classic" and a worthy read despite the fact that some of the techniques are so widely known that they have lost much of their effectiveness. There is a multitude of good reviews on the content, which I will not discuss. Instead, I will discuss the merits of the Kindle edition.
This is one of the best Kindle editions of a paper poker book that I've seen so far - most graphics-heavy poker books don't translate that well. (I also own paper copies of this series, so I can compare the two readily). First, the text itself is not plagued by the transcription errors and typos that are common in most Kindle versions. (I don't know why it's so hard for them to proofread Kindle versions carefully before they put them up for sale, but that's another issue.) The text in this book is exactly like the original, without any transcription errors.
Second, the Kindle version does an excellent job of reproducing the diagrams from the original paper book. This book is loaded with diagrams, and some Kindle poker books don't handle these well, especially when you change the typeface size on your kindle. This book is outstanding in this area.
As I write this, the price discount for the Kindle version compared to the paper version is only a couple of bucks, but I can't complain. In fact, the kindle version to me is even more valuable than my paper versions, due to portability. The kindle is shaping up to be a great device for serious poker players, because we can keep our Gus Hansen, Dan Harrington, and other books all in one small package to read during travel time to the casinos.
The only parts of the text I didn't spend quite as much time on was the online poker portions of the book and examples. I'm glad that he included it because it made me realize some things about the online poker realm that differ from live games, but at the same time every online example I came from had that glossy.. I don't know, online feel to it. That may sound silly but anyone whose played online versus playing in person knows playing online has a sort of detached feel. When you hear an example of his poker playing days and Harrington goes into specific names and playing styles and insights into each of the players it makes the example that much more intriguing. But, nevertheless that's not related to the quality of the book and is simply a personal observation, you just have to learn to shift your mind's gear to the proper atmosphere for each example. Don't treat his online examples as live examples and vice-versa.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. He has a great writing style, a great insight, and quite a sense of humor. If you play poker and you feel that you are having difficulty organizing your thoughts or are unsure what you *should* be thinking about, this is a good book for you. Each player has their own personal flair, and I don't want to make poker play seem like an assembly line, that being said, this book's examples and practice problems eliminated a LOT of my hesitation in live and online play and the algorithms and methods I learned reduce the number of difficult decisions drastically.
(Typed hastily, apologies for poor punctuation, grammar, and run-ons.)
The most important factor to consider in any gambling book is: will I make more money after mastering its material? Sadly, 95% of the books out there are pure rubbish. These books are not just instructional, but extremely well written.
You can see the mix of the two authors combining to make this text. First, you have Harrington, a well-known no-limit player. More importantly, you have Robertie, an author with amazing talent for teaching gambling techniques with many problems and solutions. Robertie has written a two volume set on Backgammon that uses a similar style: a rule is given, and 10-20 real-life scenarios are given with actual solutions.
The combination of a Harrington with Robertie is very effective at teaching you how to win at No-limit Hold'em poker. Before reading this, I was already a winning player. After studying these texts, my hourly win-rate went up about 50%. Even solid players will read this and say "Hmmm. I never thought of that, but it makes sense!" You will follow the offered strategies, and even though you're not sure quite where things went right, you'll play longer and win more money.
When you consider these books, you should really consider both volumes as one large text. The materials are geared towards an intermediate or higher player. A beginner will learn from this,
but it is a nasty learning curve for beginners, and there are no good books out for scrubs.
No-limit hold'em poker is still a relatively ripe market, despite the press it gets. If you are serious about making money at it, this 2-volume set is mandatory.