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Harrington on Online Cash Games: 6-Max No-Limit Hold 'em

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No-Limit hold 'em was once a game played almost exclusively in casinos. But during the last decade, the game's growth has been fueled in part by the easy availability of online playing sites where participants can play cash games and tournaments 24 hours a day, every day.

In Harrington on Online Cash Games, Dan Harrington shows you the key ideas and skills that will let you master the online poker world which differs in some significant ways from the world of casino games. ...

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Overview

No-Limit hold 'em was once a game played almost exclusively in casinos. But during the last decade, the game's growth has been fueled in part by the easy availability of online playing sites where participants can play cash games and tournaments 24 hours a day, every day.

In Harrington on Online Cash Games, Dan Harrington shows you the key ideas and skills that will let you master the online poker world which differs in some significant ways from the world of casino games. You'll learn how to handle different stack sizes, how to play at 6-max tables, how to deal with increased levels of aggression, and how to use the poker databases and heads-up displays that give you unprecedented information on your opponent's tendencies. Harrington lays out detailed strategies for preflop and post-flop play in both the popular micro-stakes games and the more difficult small-stakes games. If you play online poker or you're looking to get started, you'll need to read this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880685495
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 959,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

About Dan Harrington vii

About Bill Robertie ix

Introduction 1

Organization of the Book 3

Part 1 Basic No-Limit Hold 'em Concepts 5

Introduction 6

Structure: Full Ring versus 6-Max 7

Seat Names 12

Style: Tight and Loose, Aggressive and Passive 13

Straightforward Players and Tricky Players 15

Ranges 16

Position 18

The Four Basic Principles of No-Limit Hold 'em 20

No. 1 The Strength Principle 20

No. 2 The Aggression Principle 21

No. 3 The Betting Principle 22

No. 4 The Deception Principle 22

Opening Hand Ranges 24

Opening from Later Positions 27

Bet Sizing for Opening Raises 29

Varying Your Raise Sizes 31

Preflop Limping 33

3- and 4- Betting Preflop 34

Flop: Heads-Up or Multiway 37

Heads-Up on the Flop 37

Multiway on the Flop 39

Types of Bets on the Flop 42

Value Bets 42

Bluffs 44

Semi-Bluffs 44

Continuation Bets 45

Donk Bets 45

Information Bet 46

Understanding Flop Texture 47

Bet Sizing on the Flop and Later Streets 52

Playing the Turn 55

Betting the Turn 56

Checking the Turn 60

Playing the River 62

Expectation and Expected Value 67

Pot Odds 70

Expressed and Implied Odds 71

Reverse Implied Odds 73

Stack Sizes 75

Short Stacks 75

Medium Stacks 77

Full Stacks 77

Deep Stacks 77

Tailoring Your Strategy to the Stack Size 78

Implied Odds 80

Hand Strength and Pot Size 82

Pot Commitment 85

Stack to Pot Ratio 86

Part 2 Playing Online 89

Introduction 90

Online Play versus Live Play 92

Stakes 92

Multi-Tabling 93

Physical Reads 94

Buy-Ins 94

Summary 95

Databases 96

Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) 96

Understanding PokerTracker Data 97

Basic Information 97

The Classics 99

Other Useful Preflop Statistics 104

Post-Flop Action Statistics 107

Post-Flop Summary Statistics 113

Constructing Your HUD 116

A Minimal HUD 116

A More Useful HUD 117

A Very Detailed HUD 118

Conserving Space 119

Drawing Inferences 121

Sample HUD No. 1 121

Our Game Plan 123

Sample HUD No. 2 124

Our Game Plan 125

Sample HUD No. 3 126

Our Game Plan 128

Monitoring Our Own HUD 128

Other HUD Statistics 131

Taking Notes 135

Structuring Our Notes 138

Notes Unrelated to Specific Hands 138

Preflop Notes 140

General Post-Flop Notes 142

Flop Notes 145

Turn Notes 148

River Notes 149

Some Examples of Note-Taking 149

Sample Hand No. 1 150

Sample Hand No. 2 152

Sample Hand No. 3 154

Making Notes after a Session 156

First All-in Hand 160

Second All-in Hand 162

Conclusions 162

Final Thoughts 163

Multi-Tabling 164

Last Thought on Multi-Tabling 169

Selecting Sites, Tables, and Seats 171

Selecting a Site 172

Big or Small, New or Old? 172

Database Support? 173

Datamining? 173

Honesty? 174

Player Strength? 175

Rake and Rakeback? 175

Rakebacks and Bonuses? 176

Selecting a Table 178

Evaluating Your Seat 180

Part 3 Ranges and Distributions 189

Introduction: The Old Way of Seeing 190

What is a Range? 195

Playing Against a Tight Range 196

Playing Against Looser Opening Ranges 205

Estimating Calling Ranges 207

What is a Distribution? 212

Calculating Distributions 217

Distributions Against a 12 Percent Range 218

Distributions Against a 25 Percent Range 223

Studying Hands 228

Summary 243

Part 4 Beating Micro-Stakes Games 245

Introduction: How Micro-Stakes Players Play 246

Offense and Defense in Poker 247

General Advice for Beating Micro-Stakes Games 250

Starting Hand Guide for Micro-Stakes 6-Max Games 259

Strategy No. 1: Playing Tight 259

Strategy No. 2: Loosening Up 261

Blind-Stealing 264

Bet Sizing in Micro-Stakes Games 266

Attacking Limpers with Isolation Raises 270

Limping and Calling 274

3- and 4- Betting in Micro-Stakes Games 276

The Johnny All-in Move 283

Playing with Ace-King 287

Value Betting at Micro-Stakes 289

Semi-Bluffing at Micro-Stakes 295

Trapping 298

Dealing with Strong Bets Post-Flop 303

Looking Forward 311

The Problems 312

Part 5 Beating Small Stakes Games 363

Introduction: Moving Up 364

Adapting to Small Stakes 366

Player Types 366

HUD Statistics 368

Table Selection 369

Preflop Ranges and Actions 370

General Post-Flop Tendencies 371

Flop Play 372

Turn Play 373

River Play 373

Fancy Plays Start to Matter 374

Defense Starts to Matter 375

Good Hand Reading is Now Important 376

Playing Against Short Stacks 377

Preflop Starting Hands 378

Blind Stealing and Blind Defense 383

Blind Defense 387

3-Betting and 4-Betting 390

Responding to an Opening Raise 391

A Sample Situation 392

A Second Example 400

Attacking Weak Raisers 402

Responding to a 3-bet 403

Flop Tactics at Small Stakes 408

You Were the Aggressor Preflop 408

Playing Big Hands 409

Playing Top Pair, Top Kicker/Overpair Hands 411

Playing Draws 415

Playing Weak Hands or Nothing Hands 418

Defending Against a Continuation Bet 420

Value Betting in Small Stakes Games 427

Trouble on the River 427

Extracting Value with Bigger Hands 434

The Problems 439

Glossary 503

Index 515

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