Harrington on Cash Games: How to Win at No-Limit Hold'em Money Games, Volume 1

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The first years of the poker boom were fueled by the interest in no-limit hold 'em tournaments. Recently, however, players have been gravitating to another, even more complex form of hold 'em - no-limit cash games. In Harrington on Cash Games: Volume I, Dan Harrington teaches you the key concepts that drive deep-stack cash game play. You'll learn how to tailor your selection of starting hands to your stack size, how to recognize the increasing deception value of supposedly "weaker" hands as the stack sizes ...

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Overview

The first years of the poker boom were fueled by the interest in no-limit hold 'em tournaments. Recently, however, players have been gravitating to another, even more complex form of hold 'em - no-limit cash games. In Harrington on Cash Games: Volume I, Dan Harrington teaches you the key concepts that drive deep-stack cash game play. You'll learn how to tailor your selection of starting hands to your stack size, how to recognize the increasing deception value of supposedly "weaker" hands as the stack sizes increase, and how to use the concept of pot commitment to your advantage as the size of the pot grows. After laying out the general concepts behind deep-stack cash game play, Harrington shows you a complete strategy for post-flop play, and then teaches you the difference between post-flop play against a single opponent and post-flop play against multiple opponents. If you play no-limit hold 'em cash games, you need to read this book.

Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the {dollar}10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold 'em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2,576) - considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Cash Games, Harrington and two-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive books on no-limit cash games. These books will teach you what you need to know to be a winner in the cash game world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880685426
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 331,722
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2,576) considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Cash Games, Harrington and two-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive books on no-limit cash games. These books will teach you what you need to know to be a winner in the cash game world.
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Table of Contents

About Dan Harrington     vii
About Bill Robertie     ix
Introduction     1
Organization of the Books     1
No-Limit Cash Games versus No-Limit Tournaments     3
A Sample Hand     5
Basic Ideas     17
Introduction     18
The Four Principles of Poker     19
Expectation and Expected Value     22
Example     23
Pot Odds     27
Example     28
Expressed Odds and Implied Odds     30
Example     30
Calculating Outs     34
The Rule of Four and The Rule of Two     37
Bet Types     39
The Value Bet     39
The Probe Bet     40
The Bluff     41
The Semi-Bluff     41
The Check     44
Controlling Pot Odds     46
Example     46
The Elements of No-Limit Hold 'em Cash Games     49
Introduction     50
Stack Sizes     51
Stack Sizes and Hand Selection     53
Sample Hand No. 1     54
Sample Hand No. 2     55
Big Hand versus Big Hand     58
Normalizing Hand Values     58
Implied Odds Justification     60
No-Limit Hold 'em and Venture Capitalists     61
Hand Distribution as a Defensive Weapon     61
Hand Selection in Tournament Play and Cash Play     62
Stack Sizes and Bet Count Tables     64
Stack Size, Pot Size, and Pot Commitment     67
Idea No. 1: Balancing the Strength of Your Hand and the Size of the Pot     67
Sample Hand No. 1     69
Sample Hand No. 2     71
Idea No. 2: Courting or Avoiding Pot Commitment     77
Sample Hand     78
Summarizing Hand Strength, Pot Size, and Pot Commitment     81
Hand Reading     85
Sample Hand     86
Defending Against Hand Reading     92
Diversifying Betting Sequences     93
Sample Hand     95
Recap: What Went Wrong?     100
Deception     104
Hand Analysis: Weighing the Evidence     105
The Metagame     107
Playing the Metagame     109
When Not to Make Metagame Plays     115
Metagame Evolution     116
Avoiding Big Mistakes     117
Hand Susceptibility      119
Dealing with Short Stacks     121
Tight-Aggressive Preflop Play     123
Introduction     124
Hand Evaluation and Stack Sizes     126
Limping, Raising, and the Deception Principle     133
Adopting Complementary Strategies     136
Factoring in Your Post-Flop Skills     140
Playing Individual Hands     141
The Big Pairs     141
Medium Pairs     143
Small Pairs     145
Small Pairs and Implied Odds     147
Ace-King     148
Ace-Queen     150
Ace-Jack through Ace-Deuce     151
The Trouble Hands     155
Suited Connectors     156
Other Playable Hands     158
Playing the Small Blind     160
Playing the Big Blind     162
Attacking Limpers     168
The Gap Concept in Deep-Stack Poker     169
The Problems     171
Tight-Aggressive Flop Play Heads-Up     217
Introduction     218
Your Goal in the Hand     223
Bet Sizing on the Flop     224
Raising the Initial Bet     226
Sample Hand     228
General Guidelines for Flop Play     230
Handling a Single Pair on the Flop     234
Betting Monsters on the Flop     239
Example: Strategy No. 1 and Stacks of 100 Big Blinds     241
An Interesting Variation: The All-In Semi-Bluff     246
Various Flops and How to Respond     248
Preflop Aggressor Out of Position     251
You Raised with K[spades suit symbol]K[clubs]     252
You Raised with A[heart suit symbol]Q[heart suit symbol]     256
You Raised with T[clubs]T[spades suit symbol]     260
Preflop Aggressor in Position     264
You Raised with A[spades suit symbol]A[clubs]     265
You Raised with A[heart suit symbol]Q[heart suit symbol]     272
You Raised with 9[spades suit symbol]9[clubs]     278
Non-Aggressor Out of Position     283
You Called His Raise with J[heart suit symbol]J[diamond suit symbol]     283
You Called His Raise with 3[clubs]3[heart suit symbol]     286
You Called His Raise with K[clubs]J[spades suit symbol]     288
You Called His Raise with 7[heart suit symbol]6[heart suit symbol]     290
Non-Aggressor in Position     292
You Called His Raise with T[heart suit symbol]T[clubs]     292
You Called His Raise with 4[spades suit symbol]4[diamond suit symbol]     295
You Called His Raise with K[spades suit symbol]Q[spades suit symbol]     297
The Problems     300
Tight-Aggressive Flop Play with Multiple Opponents     339
Introduction     340
Evaluating Hands in Multi-Way Pots     342
Playing Very Strong Hands     344
Sample Hand No. 1     346
Sample Hand No. 2     347
Sample Hand No. 3     349
Playing Overpair and Top Pair Hands     353
Sample Hand No. 1     354
Sample Hand No. 2     355
Playing Middle Pair and Low Pair Hands     357
Sample Hand No. 1     357
Sample Hand No. 2     359
Sample Hand No. 3     360
Playing Drawing Hands     364
Sample Hand     365
The Problems     370
Index     413

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    Excellent Book for Intermediate Players

    I've enjoyed all of the books in the Harrington series, and this one was no different. I started out playing tournaments but moved to cash games about a year ago, and this book incorporated many of the modifications that I made along the way to become a decent cash game player. Some of the treatment of hands seems peculiar given what I've seen at the tables, but I'm a micro/small stakes online player so that's probably the reason. Given that, what I really loved the most was the detailed framing and analysis of the hands. Even if the book doesn't cover your exact situation, the thought process that you obtain from this book should help you modify your game to improve. I'm also not very worried about a lot of players improving their game too much from this book. Given the complexity of varying your play, paying attention to opponents, maintining a disciplined approach, and avoiding getting too 'gamey', I think many beginning/poor players will get slightly better, but the breakeven or moderately successful intermediate player probably has the most to gain from buying. I'm not saying that it won't be an excellent read for beginners, but until you've faced some of the situations you really don't have an appreciation for what Harrington is saying. The book is nuanced in spots and needs to be read in a critical, specific manner to truly be the most effective. Other than that, Volume 1 bogs down a little when discussing heads up flop play, but other than that it's a pretty easy read. I've pointed out some negatives, but make no mistake that you should certainly buy it if you're seriously looking to get better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Solid theory presented accessibly

    This book and volume II were highly recommended by my friend who is a very successful amateur poker player, and they don't disappoint. The book starts out with a great outline of Harrington's numbers theory and general approach, then gets into detailed explanations of how certain Texas Hold 'Em games would be played under his approach. Definitely the sort of book you have to read at least twice to fully absorb.

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