Harrington on Cash Games: How to Win at No-Limit Hold'em Cash Games, Volume 2

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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. Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II continues where Volume I left off. In sections on turn and river play, Harrington explains why these are the most important streets in no-limit hold 'em, and shows how to decide when to bet or check, when to call or fold, and when to commit all your chips. In later ...

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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. Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II continues where Volume I left off. In sections on turn and river play, Harrington explains why these are the most important streets in no-limit hold 'em, and shows how to decide when to bet or check, when to call or fold, and when to commit all your chips. In later sections, Harrington shows how to play a looser and more aggressive style, how to make the transition from online to live games, and how to extract the maximum profit from very low-stakes games. Volume II concludes with an interview with Bobby Hoff, considered by many the best no-limit cash game player of all times, who shares some of his secrets and insights.

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: 9781880685433
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 285,595
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.97 (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     v
About Bill Robertie     vii
Tight-Aggressive Turn Play     1
Introduction     2
Characteristics of Play on the Turn     3
Sample Hand     6
Balancing Bet Sizing and Pot Commitment     8
Reasons for Betting the Turn     9
Sample Hand     13
Bluffing on the Turn     17
Leverage on the Turn     19
Sample Hand     19
Checking the Turn     22
Sample Hand     24
Handling Top Pair     26
The Problems     27
Tight-Aggressive River Play     73
Introduction     74
Deep-Stack Cash Games Versus Tournament Play     75
Betting the River: Where Do You Stand?     76
You Have the Nuts     77
You Have a Very Strong Hand, But Not the Nuts     80
You Have a Good Hand Given the Board and the Betting Action     81
Sample Hand     84
You Have a Hand with Some Value     87
Sample Hand     88
You Have Zilch     90
Sample Hand     92
Bet Sizing on the River     94
How Good is Your Hand?     94
How Big Are the Pot and the Stacks?     95
How Much Strength Has Your Opponent Shown?     96
What Do You Know About Your Opponent?     96
Calling Bets on the River     98
Sample Hand No. 1     100
Sample Hand No. 2     102
Sample Hand No. 3     103
The Problems     105
Tells and Observations     165
Introduction     166
Evaluating Tells     167
Sample Hand     168
Playing in Live Games     171
Disguising Your Own Play     172
Defending Against Tells: The Patrik Antonius Way     173
Another Approach: The Scripted Defense     173
Observing Betting Patterns     177
Loose or Tight?     177
Aggressive or Passive?     179
Straightforward or Opposite?     180
Fold or Call?     181
Top Pair, Top Kicker?     182
Sample Hand     183
Conversational Gambits     184
The Dangers of Table Talk: A Concrete Example     187
Sample Hand     187
A Quick Glossary of Conversational Remarks     193
Playing the Loose-Aggressive Style      195
Introduction     196
Strengths of the Loose-Aggressive Style     197
Picking Up the Blinds     198
Applying Pressure     198
Maximizing Payoffs     199
Sample Hand     199
Reaping Rewards of Volatility     204
Seeing More Flops Cheaply     205
Drawing Limits: How Far to Pursue Weak Hands     207
The Tactics of the Loose-Aggressive Style     209
The First-In Bluff     209
The Squeeze Play     210
The Continuation Bet     210
The Bad Board Bet     211
The Check-Raise Bluff     211
The Check-Call Bluff     212
The Double-Barreled Blast     212
Three Barrels     213
Switch to Tight Play     214
How to Play Strong Hands     215
Downsides to the Loose-Aggressive Style     217
Adjusting to a Loose-Aggressive Player     221
Sample Hand     224
What Style is Best?     226
The Problems     227
Beating Weak Games     261
Introduction     262
What's a Weak Game?     265
At What Stakes are Weak Games Found?      267
General Advice for Beating Weak Games     269
Preflop Play in Weak Games     273
Initial Raise Sizing in Live Games     277
The Power of Observation     278
The All-In Move in Weak Games     281
Sample Hand     281
Adjusting to the Tactics of Low-Stakes Games: 16 Hand Examples     285
Last Example     309
Bankroll Management and Other Topics     311
Introduction     312
Bankrolls     313
Who Needs a Bankroll?     313
Start Small     314
Moving Up and Moving Down     315
What These Guidelines Accomplish     316
Multi-Tabling     318
Tilt and Its Forms     320
Other Times for Sitting Down     322
Paying Taxes     324
Transitioning to Live Games     329
An Interview with Bobby Hoff     335
Introduction     336
The Interview     337
Conclusion     367
Index     369

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