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The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for Today's Aggressive Game Paperback – July 1, 2011
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In the highly fluid and fast-changing tournament-poker universe, the dominant trend is toward looser and more aggressive (LAG) play, in which players move chips around at dizzying speeds. The Raiser's Edge shows you how to adapt to the current state of all stages of tournament play, analyzing how and why the LAG and hyper-LAG styles work, and instructing on how to apply -- and defend against -- them. This book closely examines the many techniques used by the world's most successful players, including 3- and 4-betting, floating and squeezing, smooth-calling and min-raising, thin value betting, and the evolution of the metagame, along with equilibrium strategies based on starting hands and heads-up play. Even the ages and nationalities of your opponents are considered. There's also an extensive bonus chapter on reading tells, contributed by body-language expert Steve Van Aperen. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, one of the hottest tournament poker players in the world, has teamed up with Lee Nelson and Tysen Streib, authors of the acclaimed advanced tournament strategy guide Kill Everyone, and poker star Tony Dunst to pen this groundbreaking title. With tournament poker evolving at a furious pace, serious players need to be ahead of the curve. The Raiser's Edge conveys the powerful state-of-the-art tactics that will get you there fast.
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Lee Nelson's style is opponent-dependent and varies according to table composition, psychological factors, and the meta-game. Lee, a retired doctor, is skilled at picking up tells and exploiting them. Lee is also a prolific poker-book writer, having co-written Kill Phil, Kill Everyone, and The Raiser's Edge.
Tysen Streib is a superb poker-math modeler and an expert in applying this math to specific situations that you will encounter, especially when you get short-stacked. Tysen co-authored with Lee Nelson the best-selling tournament poker books Kill Everyone and The Raiser's Edge.
Tony Dunst, a WPT television moderator, is a new-school adept who is up to date with current trends, as he monitors thousands of hands for the WPT and is a great player himself. Tony made a major contribution to The Raiser's Edge, which he co-authored with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Lee, and Tysen.
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Another area of big disappointment is how the primary author, Grospellier, makes sharp critiques of traditional theory without offering explanations for the why of anything. If you're going to tell us over and over that old-school professionals are wrong to call 3-bets, tell us why; give us some math at least. The lack of explanation for most of the theoretical examples makes the whole discussion less of a learning experience and more like some kind of ideological polemic, however politely delivered. As written the book is more like a way overblown website article than a carefully constructed text on how their theory works. I'll wager that even new-school online players for whom this stuff is already gospel would really have wanted to hear explanations for why things are recommended and they're not going to get it here.
If you're serious about tournament poker l recommend Arnold Snyder's Poker Tournament Formula 2 (no need to put off reading it until you get to book 1; they stand alone), where Snyder seriously challenges both old and new school poker theory as they relate to tournament play. Grospellier's disdain for "survival" as a tournament priority is a serious error which will consign you to spending a lot more time in casino shopping arcades than you really ever wanted to...
Does a good job of breaking down the stages of a tournament (pre-ante, post ante, and bubble) and how you should tweek you strategies accordingly. Advanced concepts such as ICM are also looked at. More applicable for online play, but valuable to understand for big buy in live tournaments as well.
Obviously nothing substitutes for playing A LOT. . these strategies only work if you can recognize the time you need to 3 bet, 4 bet, and 5 bet. . and those can only be recognized when you have put in many reps.
in both online and live poker. His game is very expoitive , aggressive and unreadable. The book presents elements of this game. The book help a lot experienced winning amateurs to improve and is a must read for any tournament professional player. It is really great.
Bertrand Grospellier (who is currently one of the most successful tournament players around) and Tony
Dunst (another strong young pro) to teach us how to play the modern, ultra-aggressive game, or at least,
to show us how it is done. It completes the trilogy Kill Phil, Kill Everyone, and now The Raiser's Edge, which
will take anyone serious enough to improve his/her tournament play from apprentice, to journeyman, to master craftsman.
It discusses the strategies and thought processes of these successful tournament pros. The authors discusses meta-game and image concepts that they employ to exploit weaker players and to defend themselves against the modern hyper-aggressive players. They dissect hand examples of lines that they take in relation to position, aggression, image and different tournament stages, from early through to final table. This includes a detailed discussion of heads-up play with an analysis of HU Equlibrium Solutions provided by the very thorough Tysen Streib.
A particularly good section for relatively inexperienced players is the chapter on mid-stage (with antes) play. These players generally find themselves either short- or medium- stacked, and find it difficult to play with these stack sizes.
However, where the book really excels, especially for experienced players, including pros, is the detailed discussion
of the 3-betting and 4-betting prevalent in today's modern game. There is a fine line between being a good LAG and a maniac 'spazzing' chips. Not only do we get a perspective from successful pros who play this style of game, but it is backed up by analytics provided by Tysen Streib. Tysen presents 3-betting and 4-betting equilibrium strategies, and then offers exploitative startegy guidelines based on his computer modeling(his charts in the book are just so, so useful). This, together with the play discussion by the pros, makes this the most valuable section of the book for the serious, advanced tournament player.
An important contribution to tournament poker literature, but you will have to seriously study its contents. You will be well rewarded for your efforts - maybe first prize - at least final table :-)
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