- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Huntington Press; 6.1.2011 edition (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193539648X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935396482
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for Today's Aggressive Game Paperback – July 1, 2011
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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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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 :-)
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.
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.
The only problems I have with this book is the computerized equilibrium solutions are not the 100% best way to play any given hand at the table. You must consider your table image, the table dynamics, and the stack sizes.
This book touches briefly upon these subjects, but does not give a detailed guide for what hands to play in what position at the table. I would recommend the book "Limit Hold'em: Short-Handed Strategies" for a better primer on what do to at the table.
I would also recommend not buying this book if you hate charts and you get bored reading quite easily. The whole second half of this book is just based on reading computerized equilibrium charts, which I do not like. I would rather Elky break it down from his own perspective and give a less abstract view of which hands to 3-bet, 4-bet, or shove in any given situation.
That is just my 2 cents.