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Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategies for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. III--The Workbook Paperback – May 30, 2006
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I absolutely cannot rave enough about this book. Harrington takes your hand and walks you step by step through the decision-making process in dozens of hands. Along the way, he scores the quality of your decisions. Although he remains conservative and likes to play a hand substantially according to its potential, he respects more aggressive plays. He discusses the merits and drawbacks to other types of plays throughout, and tells you what he would do and why. An awesome display of poker analysis.
Some books are so good that they define their field. Every book that comes after may agree, disagree, or clarify what a definitive book has to say on its subject, but there is one thing subsequent books can't do: they can't ignore it. If you're a serious tournament poker player, you can't ignore the Harrington series. This is THE classic text on Texas hold em poker tournament strategy, bar none.
Vol. 2 continues the greatness of Harrington's series by moving away from the formulaic, conservative approach taken in Vol. 1.Read more ›
This book is not an easy read, as it requires hard work and thinking--which is to say that it is not for the casual poker player--but if you are a serious student of the game, this is the natural and invaluable next step to his other two books.
One of the great things about ALL of the Harrington books is his willingness to challenge his own style of play and his own knowledge by offering advice and then showing how NOT following it sometimes still leads to success. This open-minded, and yet vigorously disciplined, approach to the game shows Harrington to be an exceptional teacher who is neither didactic nor short-sighted as to the myriad of choices available to the growing poker player, both in terms of individual hands, and in terms of overall playing styles.
Again, please note: this book is not for the casual poker-player, but for the serious student of the game. Also note: it is essential to study the preceding volumes I and II--not read, but study--before moving on to this "advanced" text. But if you ARE a serious tournament player, this book can bump you up a notch in your ability to play with complexity and nuance.
What makes it better are the extremely detailed post-flop hand analysis. Post-flop is where most of the money is won or lost, it is the hardest part to learn, and, not lending itself to a hand and position "re-raise, raise, call, fold" chart, it is the most difficult to teach.
Rather than just codify a list of do's and don'ts, Harrington clearly articulates the principles involved. His text clearly indicates both basic and more complicated principles and demonstrates how complex well-played poker can be.
As for Harrington's "conservative" style, his books reveal that his style is not nearly as conservative as the "rocks" at your local card room. (The ones who regularly cash from players trying to be Gus Hansen.) If you can Harrington's style, you will be cashing from them.
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As with any "analysis" of poker it is equal parts math and guessing. Learn the math, practice the guessing, and don't take advice from me b/c I can't remember the last time... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BPDoty
I received the book today. I've purchased both of the previous books and believe they are very useful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Gates