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The second volume in Harrington's series on Hold'em was even more useful than the first. Volume II covers slightly more advanced topics, including heads up play, "inflection points" (the points during a tournament, as the blinds go up, where you have to shift tactics, or reckon on your opponents shifting tactics, based on the ratio of stack sizes to blinds), what to do when you are "on the bubble" at a tournament, and even a section in the end giving advice should you find yourself at the final
Best instructional book on any game I have ever read - if you play tournament poker and are looking for a good series of books, start here.
Very interesting. Loved the inflexion points.
At its' time the best book on tournament Hold'em.
Another good poker book. This is a bit more in depth than the previous two poker books. I especially liked that it had problem set at the end of each chapter. It helped me to remember the principals outlined in the chapter. Not the first book you should read.
Unless you are deeply, deeply in to poker, any book on the subject will invariably become dry. This was not as much of a problem through the first volume of the set, but by the end of this one, I found myself skipping pages fairly often. As usual, Harrington's insights are useful, as when he says that one should ALWAYS complete the initial bet before the flop in head-to-head play (?!), but he often veers into strategic tips that could often get the beginning player in to trouble. At least in the...
This book goes along with volume 1. It is more advanced and you really won't get much out of it until you have some tournament experience and understand stack size and opponent hand strength/betting habits. This book covers more post flop play than volume 1. It covers more about bet sizing, when to call raise or fold, etc. in tournaments, your stack size shrinks with relation to the blinds/antes and that affects your play. The book does not detail the math enough for my taste. A couple other boo...
As the glowing reviews here suggest, this series is a standout among the glut of indistinguishable poker guides. Much better than Helmuth's book and more current than Super System, it's the place to go after you've mastered the basics. Harrington's concepts are so enlightening and unique, they should almost be proprietary. If you're just a person looking to improve your home game, this is probably too much work to bother. But if you're serious about increasing your win rate (and take home cash)
The examples and problems in this book are very instructive and represent actual play. Harrington explains not only the various possibilities at each point, but the many considerations that go into each decision. Particularly useful are the many examples of how your play needs to change drastically in late stages of a tournament, heads-up play, or when stacks get short. A valuable resource, definitely recommended.
I somehow got a pre-order copy of this before the SA poker guys did, quickly went through it and thought it was great...then a poker superstar (probably Adar) got to it and tore it to pieces.I liked the book, but I'm a complete amateur...and if an expert gives it the ol' super-slam, I don't know how comfortable I am with recommending it.
Very informative, especially the problems/examples, and the chapters on final table and heads up strategy. Builds very nicely on the first volume. I highly recommend both volumes. I am starting on the volume 3 which is a workbook of problems and so far it looks like a great way to test what you learned from the first 2 books.
After reading a bunch of poker books recently, I have enjoyed the easy to grasp writing style, and the ideas expressed I think have progressed my poker skills to at least a break even level in most games, and +EV for most tournament/SNG style games.
I loved all of Harrington's books. They read like textbooks and they have problems for solving. I learned more from this series than from any other poker book. I reread them from time to time for a refresher. . . I should probably do that again.
Easily compares against the likes of Moby Dick, The Heart of Darkness, Catch-22, and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as one of the best and most important bits of literature written in the last 200 years.
I read something like this on a poker blog [http://hammerplayer.blogspot.com/] recently and I agree: If you haven't read this book I am a better multi-table tournament player than you are. It's that simple.
A must read for any serious poker player.
One of the great strategy books ever written; this book literally changed the way I play tournaments with immediate results. Still worth re-reading too.
Lot of good information about abstract concepts like M and Q inflection points and making moves. The pages flew by with good tips and problems.
Best book set on Holdem Tournaments that I have read. Would recommend to anyone wanting to better understand the game.
I especially like Dan's formula's for Q and M. I now use them in my tournaments.
A must read for any Texas Hold-em Tournament player.
This book, along with Vol. 1, are the best books for introducing you to Texas Hold 'em tournament play.
The second half (technically just a third) of the best poker pook on tournaments. Excellent.
Excellent discussion of tournament poker strategy.
Excellent follow-up to his first book it goes into detail of tournament play in no limit texas hold'em. Gives many examples of many aspects of tournament play.
Part II also classic for its time.
Final table means: read this book. Seriously. Do it.
Not as influential as the first volume, but more technical instead. Still great for learning, particularly the changes necessary to be successful in short-handed tables and heads-up play.