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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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Top Customer Reviews
Doyle is still "Da Poppa ".
But, I was nicely surprised to see the incredible detail, length of explanations, ease of " getting it" , as in WHY you should or shouldnt do somethings, when, where, what position, hand and chip strengths, etc. I will be re-reading this for sure, and having the wife who loves poker, read it herself.
I will also get the second book in his series.
OK, just finished this, so updating my review. I have to take back that beginners wont get enough out of this. That isnt true.
The book has so many illustrations, so many examples, table position, chip stack sizes, blind structures, how are the people at the table in the example acting, betting amounts, bluffs, steals, pre flop, post, fourth street, fifth street bets, etc.
You have an arsenal of information here. I will let the wife read it, then I will re-read it after i do the 2nd and 3rd books ( got all of them ).
The quality of information, the way it is laid out, step by step by step, with reasoning at every level, the " Why WOULD you do that now, why WOULD you fold here, how you bet to little, to much, at all ", it is incredible how he gets some complicated points across, while not acting like if you dont get it, you shouldnt be playing. This is a must read, and I hate to say it, because it might help out my opponent in the next WSOP I play in, NOT kidding either, its that good.
I always respected "Action Dan", but this book was a surprising read.
just a really nice, well laid out book on strategies and style of play.
Harrington has since written a more in-depth book on the subject, Harrington on Modern Tournament Poker. The newer book reflects important changes in the strategic landscape, and is a must-read if you're playing seriously. But it's less beginner-friendly than the original. So, I recommend reading the old Harrington (Volumes 1 and 2) before delving into the new Harrington.
That film was The Godfather, Part II
With 'Harrington on Hold'em Volume II: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments: Endgame', Action Dan has managed to make the impossible possible. He (along with Bill Roberte) have written a sequel so good that it is hard to distinguish the two books and easily point to a reason why the first book is better than the sequel.
With the focus being how to play the middle to end stages of a tournament, Harrington has written a book that even the most experienced of players will be able to profit from. My favorite 2 points made in this book are as follows:
1. The concept of M and why it is so important to always know where your stack is in relation to the antes and blinds.
2. When heads up, nearly any 2 cards are worth playing and you are never that far behind.
I really hope that Dan Harrington doesn't sell a lot of these books, because anyone that reads, learns, and follows the advice within is going to become a much better poker player. Employing a writing style that makes even the most difficult concepts easy to understand and follow, the end result is incredible.
I said it when I reviewed the first book, these are the most important poker books written since Doyle Brunson's Super/System which came out in the 1970s, and it is REQUIRED reading for ALL Hold 'Em players.
Wonderful, wonderful poker book by one of the best players in the world.
***** HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION
for three months and am already consistently winning money and getting to the final table in tournaments of 150 players or so, and have won a couple too.
When I started I bought a number of books that were well reviewed on Amazon, but frankly the rest of them are not worth a hill of beans, whereas this one is worth its weight in gold. I will not go into a description of the contents, because so many reviews have already done so, but if you want to master tournament poker, or you want a great gift for your family poker player, then look no further.
I should also say that the book is extemely well written, which is not always the case with poker books. The authorial voice is sometimes witty, and always a great friend and companion.
This book is the definitive work on the subject of no limit hold'em tournament play. I just hope my opponents don't read it.