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Posted October 1, 2005
I, along with most other tournament players I know, had been eagerly awaiting the release of this second volume of Harrington¿s work after being blown away by the first, and it does not disappoint. The first volume discussed only early and mid-stage tournament play, and this one completes the circle with excellent analysis of late-stage and endgame play. It helped me win a satellite tournament that won me a seat in the 2005 world series¿hopefully it serves me there just as well! Understanding the thought processes of a master such as Harrington really leaves you in awe about the true skill difference between he and the amateurs he routinely runs over. If you have seen him play, it is like watching a man amongst boys, and this book brought me a step closer to understanding just why that disparity exists. A couple sections I felt were overhyped as utterly revolutionary in the months preceding this book¿s release, especially the concept of ¿inflection points¿, described by editors as theory that had never before been put into print. I found this claim to be somewhat exaggerated. The fact is that in poker there are really only 3 decisions to be made: bet, call, or fold. That¿s it. Every strategy has, at one time or another, been published, and sometimes I felt like the authors were just slapping a new name on an existing strategy. But I suppose I can confidently say that never before have many such strategies been covered so thoroughly, yet succinctly, with underlying reasoning explicitly laid out. The examples at the end of each chapter continue to be my favorite: they¿re not just hypotheticals, but often actual hands that Harrington played in various tournaments, where he describes not only the cards but also the reads he had on other players, and how they affected his play. His is also one of the first books I have found that addresses the very real differences between live and online play (in fact, he pre-faces each of the example hands with a description of whether it¿s online or in a live setting). I¿ve found other authors to assume that online strategy is analogous to live play, which ¿ as anyone who¿s played online for a while will attest ¿ is nonsense. Even an ¿old geezer¿ (as my son likes to call me) such as myself plays online these days. Another review here had a good suggestion to check out pokercroaker.com if you¿re going to open an account online as they had site reviews and sign-up bonus codes for most major sites. In fact, most online sites have tournaments going around the clock, meaning you don¿t have to wait for the once-a-day tournies most casinos run if you want to try out some of Harrington¿s strategies. In summary, Harrington¿s 2 volumes have set the standard by which all other NL tournament holdem books will be measured. The price is a pittance compared to how much it has improved my game.
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Posted August 20, 2009
Amazing book! By far the best poker book I have ever read (including super system). I strongly recomend reading this book as well as volume 1 and 3 in the trilogy. Widely regarded as the best strategy books in poker. Throughout the book he gives you real life examples of different poker situation and the best way to handle each one. After I read all three of his books it just took my game to a whole new level! ABSOLUTE MUST READ for anyone serious about poker. Reads very easy too, I really couldn't put the book down. And I actually went back and read each book again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. This is the cadillac of poker books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2009
I'm not sure I can say too much more than everyone else who has positively reviewed this book, but I can confirm: it's excellent. This book is probably geared more towards the beginner to intermediate player. However, it is a lot of information to swallow right off - so. Read, then play. Then re-read. Repeat as necessary. As with anything, you need to "do" to learn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2009
One of the best. Strategy, Theory, Tactics, "Moves" this book has it all.
Several times, Harrington explains, step by step, what your opponent is thinking and what he thinks, you're thinking. This and Volume I and you are ready.
Posted July 6, 2007
As the selection of poker books continues to grow, the average quality of the books unfortunately drops (I mean, who needs a book by Chris Moneymaker, and shouldn't it really be titled 'How to Get Extremely Lucky??'). In the midst of the avalanche of mediocrity emerges this two-volume set (a third volume is available as a 'workbook' to enforce the teachings of the first two books) by Dan Harrington which offers perhaps the best available glimpse into the workings of the mind of a tournament pro. Rather than explain hand values and game rules, Harrington assumes his readers already know how to play (meaning this book is NOT for beginners) and focuses instead on the different style of play required by tournaments versus the more conservative approach favored by cash game players. Concepts are explained very well and are illustrated throughout with multiple examples, where hands are broken down into their most critical elements. This book is a must read for the serious tournament player, although as stated before it is not appropriate reading for the novice player.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2005
Posted November 25, 2005
I found it easier to read than others that I've read on the same subject. Clear examples and packed with detailed knowledge, this book deserves a second read rather than buying another title.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2005
book feels incomplete. would have liked to seen more advice on starting hand values in later stages of tornys, as well as their relations on 3, 4, 5, 6, etc players at a table in these situations. I felt action Dan's 1st book was one of the best reads out there on torny no-limit. while this book probably is the best out there on ending stages of events, it won't become the bible for torny play and it had the potential to do so. not trashing this book at all, it's a good read, just could have been THE MUST read of all poker books in regards to torny play.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2005