Tournament Poker for Advanced Players (Expanded Edition)

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Tournament poker is very different from standard ring game poker. While they might appear the same from a distance, there are many differences in proper strategy that are often unknown to many experienced cash game players. Some people excel at tournament poker. This is not luck. These are players who have an advanced understanding of what the proper strategy adjustments are, and when they come into play. It is no coincidence that the same competitors make it to final tables far more than their fair share. This ...
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Overview

Tournament poker is very different from standard ring game poker. While they might appear the same from a distance, there are many differences in proper strategy that are often unknown to many experienced cash game players. Some people excel at tournament poker. This is not luck. These are players who have an advanced understanding of what the proper strategy adjustments are, and when they come into play. It is no coincidence that the same competitors make it to final tables far more than their fair share. This book explains tournament strategies that only a small number of players have mastered. It assumes you already know how to play poker well, but aren't knowledgeable of tournament-specific concepts and when and where to use them. Some of the ideas discussed include: the effect of going broke, the Gap Concept, how chips change value, adjusting strategy to rising stakes, all-in strategy, final table play, making deals, the "System," focusing on weaker opponents, unusual plays with aces and kings, moving in against the blind, and much more. This newly-expanded version contains over 100 new pages of updated material dedicated almost entirely to today's most popular form of tournament poker: no-limit hold 'em.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880685419
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 953,109
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


About David Sklansky     vii
Introduction to the Expanded Edition     1
Introduction     5
Using This Book     7
Why Play Tournament Poker?     9
Getting Started     11
Introduction     12
How a Poker Tournament Works     13
How Poker Tournaments are Different     16
EV     18
You're Broke - You're Done     21
They're Broke - They're Done     28
The Gap Concept     30
Afterthought     35
Tournament Theory     37
Introduction     38
Prize Structure Implications     39
When They Call You     43
Chips Change Value     48
Keeping the Pot Small     50
The First Level     51
Hourly Rate Considerations     52
Limping     55
When Will Your Table Break Up?     59
Adjusting Strategy Because the Stakes Rise     61
Noticing the Short Stacks     64
Noticing the Large Stacks     67
When the Blinds are Coming Up     68
All-In Strategy     71
Just Out of the Money     83
Just Inthe Money     86
A Special Last Two Table Situation     87
The Last Table     89
Down to Two Players     93
Three Illustrative Plays     95
Rebuy Tournaments     100
Satellites     102
When All That Matters is Winning     104
Afterthought     106
Other Topics     107
Introduction     108
Tournament Experts Versus Live Game Experts     109
Live Game Skills     109
Tournament Skills     111
Chips Changing Value in Tournaments Revisited     113
Last Longer Bets     117
Freezeout Calculations     118
Making Deals     121
Some No-Limit Observations     126
Don't Turn Good Hands Into Seven-Deuce     127
Ace-King in No-Limit     130
When You are Not the Best Player     134
A Proposition     134
The "System"     136
Improving The "System"     142
Folding Aces     148
Why the First Day Leader at the WSOP Never Wins     151
Afterthought     154
Hand Quizzes     155
Introduction      156
Hand Quizzes     157
Afterthought     211
Additional No-Limit Hold 'em Concepts (New Section)     213
Introduction     214
Don't Worry About the "Average Stack"     215
Focus on the Weaker Opponents     216
Focus on the Short Stacks     218
When the Big Blind is Short or Weak     219
When the Antes are All You Need     222
Implication of the Modern Tournament Prize Structure     225
The Stop 'n Go Play     228
Some Unusual Plays with Aces and Kings     231
Moving In Against the Blind     235
Snapping Off All-In Moves     240
The Gap Concept Doesn't Always Apply     242
When Chips Don't Lose Value     244
Why No-Limit Hold 'em Cash Game Experts Sometimes Do Poorly at No-Limit Hold 'em Tournaments     247
How Amateurs Should Play the Deep-Stacked Early Rounds     250
Two Wonderful Charts     252
The Calling Chart     253
The Sklansky-Chubukov (S-C) Rankings     258
Sit 'n Go Tournaments     265
Additional No-Limit Hold 'em Hand Quizzes     270
Afterthought     282
Questions and Answers      283
Introduction     284
EV     285
You're Broke - You're Done     286
They're Broke - They're Done     288
The Gap Concept     289
Prize Structure Implications     291
When They Call You     292
Chips Change Value     294
Keeping the Pot Small     295
The First Level     296
Limping     297
When Will Your Table Break Up?     299
Adjusting Strategy Because the Stakes Rise     300
Noticing the Short Stacks     301
Noticing the Large Stacks     302
When the Blinds are Coming Up     303
All-In Strategy     304
Just Out of the Money     306
Just In the Money     307
A Special Last Two Table Situation     308
The Last Table     309
Down to Two Players     311
Rebuy Tournaments     312
Satellites     314
Making Deals     315
Some No-Limit Observations     316
Don't Worry About the "Average Stack"     319
Focus on the Weaker Opponents     320
Focus on the Short Stacks     321
When the Big Blind is Short or Weak     322
When the Antes are All You Need     323
Implication of the Modern Tournament Prize Structure     324
The Stop 'n Go Play     325
Some Unusual Plays with Aces and Kings     326
Snapping Off All-In Moves     328
The Gap Concept Doesn't Always Apply     329
When Chips Don't Lose Value     330
How Amateurs Should Play the Deep-Stacked Early Rounds     331
Sit 'n Go Tournaments     333
Afterthought     335
Conclusion     337
Index     339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    A Must-Read for Serious Tournament Players

    Sklansky breaks down the difference between tournament poker and side (cash) games. A working knowledge of your preferred game (and most other forms of poker) is assumed. Most concepts will be too advanced for the beginning player. Sklansky has a lot of useful advice, but as usual his style tends to occasionally cloud the issue -- at one point, he argued both sides of an issue so well, I couldn't figure out what he recommended. There are better poker books out there (see below for some of them) but this book is essential for serious intermediate or advanced players.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    A Great Book for the Advanced

    With so many poker books out there, one really needs to pick and choose which will be the most beneficial. This book is a very detailed analysis of Tournament poker offering specific examples and strategy throughout the various stages of a tournament.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    Don't Buy This Book!

    The more experienced poker player will not agree with most of the poker theories in this book. It is not well written and the advice is not solid. I would never recommend this poker book to anyone.

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