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Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments Paperback – July 1, 2009
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It's like giving the gun to the rabbit. --Marcel Luske-- two-time Hall of Fame Classic Champion<br /><br />The best book on tournament no-limit hold 'em I've ever read. ----Russ Hamilton, 1994 World Series of Poker<br /><br />This book will be a dangerous weapon in the poker world. A detailed strategy for future poker tournament champions. --Joe Hachem, 2005 World Series of Poker Champion
It's like giving the gun to the rabbit. --Marcel Luske-- two-time Hall of Fame Classic Champion
The best book on tournament no-limit hold 'em I've ever read. ----Russ Hamilton, 1994 World Series of Poker
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Thanks to television, the Internet, and the incredible popularity of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, when Kill Phil was first published in 2006, tournament poker had become the richest sport in the world. The problem was that no-limit hold 'em was dominated by a handful of experienced and skilled professional players. Kill Phil turned the tables on the pros by introducing a strategy that allowed even an absolute novice to compete against the best players in the world. The Kill Phil strategy remains highly effective when used in confrontations with even the world's best players, but tournament play is evolving. This revised edition reflects the new trends in tournament poker by refining the use of the all-in move and providing adaptations that take into account the new style of hyper-aggressive play. At its core, though, Kill Phil remains what it's been from the start--the best method possible for entering the exciting and potentially lucrative poker-tournament arena.
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Despite my review of the concepts, the book is worth a read to learn about what others might be doing at the tables.
Why the low rating? At the end of the book there's a lengthy example of the strategy being applied effectively in a tournament. My gripe with this is that this tournament was completely fictional. It read like a superhero comic book where the hero effortlessly overpowered villian after villian. When the hero ran into trouble, plot armor would save his ass until he was the last man standing. The authors mentioned several instances of them successfully implementing the strategy before writing the book but chose to use a fantasy tournament to showcase its effectiveness.
I'm not saying this strategy doesn't work or that the book is bad. It is a good read for understanding the mindset of the strategy, and if you don't have the patience to grind out a 4+ hour poker poker tournament, you'll definitely have way more fun using this strategy. I just wouldn't take it too seriously as someone looking for consistent results.
I ended up buying Kill Everyone and it wasn't the sequel I had hoped for. Kill Everyone does has some strategy info that is good, but most of it is mathematical equations that are confusing and that only come into play during highly contingent predicaments. Then the French author will contradict the book by saying he doesn’t do the math, it’s more instinct and betting behavior. Which I agree…
OK, I have read some books out there and I had some initial thoughts about the need for such a book.
This book is for the beginners or the inexperienced ones in big tournaments and confrontations with big players. You know, the type of players that ask you how much you've got (chips in your stack, they mean) and just by the way you answer (not the anwser itself!) can understand what kind of hand you are at, and how to outplay you!
If you fall in that category, there is nothing to be ashamed for (we all were novices at some time) but you have to protect yourself.
And this is how you do it!
I have actually seen so many poker stars on various TV shows mentioning the importance of this book and how it affected the games play (since it helped a lot their opponents, especially "fishes") that I could not ignore it.
So does it do what it promises?
Yes it does.
It gives you an effective way of dealing with the Pros, the bullies, the tough opponents, if you have not the experience or the ways yet to deal with them.
It also tells you of its imperfections, its weaknesses, its limitations! And it suggests that you study and improve further!
That's the most honest thing I have read ever! Knowing that you have a strategy that is NOT perfect, NOT ideal for all situations, but it is a GREAT one for specific situations, is of crusial importance. I know I don't need to be a KP with my friends playing at home. I know that this one is a simple strategy guide, not suited for all sircumstances, otherwise everybody would know and use it everywhere...
And I know that if I ever get into the Big Game and feel that I am in danger of being outplayed by the sharks, this one is a BIG weapon in my hands! One that can frustrate even Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey or any other "Phil" out there...
And even if I don't use it, I would like to be aware of it, just in case an opponent does use it instead! Cause then I wouldn't be really frustrated i.e. by an opponent going all-in on me on every hand heads up!!! I would simply understand his strategy and play accordingly!!!
There is a quote in the book, from Daniel Negreanu doing exactly that: Deciding to call an opponent that was going all-in on him heads up in every single hand! Daniel told him " I call you cause I have to, since I know that if I don't you will just keep doing this all the time!" And it shows why Daniel is such a great player, but also why this strategy is so effective! Imagine the tough position such a player is getting at, against a possible fish using KP strategy!
Need I say more?
EDIT: After a few years I returned to edit my initial review... Well, this strategy is really outdated and easily counterfeited by newer and more effective plays, so I actually think this is NOT a recommended reading, especially for new readers! It would be best for them to read other books, maybe the Harrington tournament series, or even better the Two Poker Tournament Formulas of Arnold Snyder, as both these series actually help readers-players learn to play poker.
Skip this one...
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There is nothing in this book that you would not find in twoplustwo.com or pocketfives.com