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Harrington on Cash Games: v. 1: How to Win at No-limit Hold'em Money Games [Paperback]

Dan Harrington , Bill Robertie
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14 Mar 2008
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.

In Harrington on Cash Games: Volume I, Dan Harrington teaches you the key concepts that drive deep-stack cash game play. You ll learn how to tailor your selection of starting hands to your stack size, how to recognize the increasing deception value of supposedly weaker hands as the stack sizes increase, and how to use the concept of pot commitment to your advantage as the size of the pot grows. After laying out the general concepts behind deep-stack cash game play, Harrington shows you a complete strategy for post-flop play, and then teaches you the difference between post-flop play against a single opponent and post-flop play against multiple opponents. If you play no-limit hold em cash games, you need to read this book.

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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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two; 1 edition (14 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880685426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880685426
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Harrington began playing poker professionally in 1982. On the circuit he is known as Action Dan, an ironic reference to his solid but effective style. He has won several major no-limit hold em tournaments including the European Poker Championships (1995), the $2,500 No-Limit Hold em event at the 1995 World Series of Poker, and the Four Queens No-Limit Hold em Championship (1996).

Dan began his serious games-playing with chess, where he quickly became a master and one of the strongest players in the New England area. In 1972 he won the Massachusetts Chess Championship, ahead of most of the top players in the area. In 1976 he started playing backgammon, a game which he also quickly mastered. He was soon one of the top money players in the Boston area, and in 1981 he won the World Cup of backgammon in Washington D.C., ahead of a field that included most of the world s top players.

He first played in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold em Championship Event of the World Series of Poker in 1987. He has played in the championship a total of 15 times and has reached the final table in four of those tournaments, an amazing record. Besides winning the World Championship in 1995, he finished sixth in 1987, third in 2003, and fourth in 2004. In 2006 he finished second at the Doyle Brunson North American Championships at the Bellagio, while in 2007 he won the Legends of Poker tournament at the Bicycle Club. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most respected no-limit hold em players, as well as a feared opponent in both no-limit and limit hold em side games. He lives in Santa Monica where he is a partner in Anchor Loans, a real estate business.

Bill Robertie has spent his life playing and writing about chess, backgammon, and now poker. He began playing chess as a boy, inspired by Bobby Fischer s feats on the international chess scene. While attending Harvard as an undergraduate, he became a chess master and helped the Harvard chess team win several intercollegiate titles. After graduation, he won a number of chess tournaments, including the United States Championship at speed chess in 1970. He also established a reputation at blindfold chess, giving exhibitions on as many as eight boards simultaneously.

In 1976 he switched from chess to backgammon, becoming one of the top players in the world. His major titles include the World Championship in Monte Carlo in 1983 and 1987, the Black & White Championship in Boston in 1979, the Las Vegas tournaments in 1980 and 2001, the Bahamas Pro-Am in 1993, and the Istanbul World Open in 1994.

He has written several well-regarded backgammon books, the most noted of which are Advanced Backgammon (1991), a two-volume collection of 400 problems, and Modern Backgammon (2002), a new look at the underlying theory of the game. He has also written a set of three books for the beginning player: Backgammon for Winners (1994), Backgammon for Serious Players (1995), and 501 Essential Backgammon Problems (1997).

From 1991 to 1998 he edited the magazine Inside Backgammon with Kent Goulding. He owns a publishing company, the Gammon Press, and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Patrice.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any and every NL HE cash player 18 May 2009
Dan Harrington's three 'Harrington on Holdem tournment books have a generally excellent reputation, as does the author himself, particularly in NL tourneys. Now, he has turned his attention to cash games, again with co-author Bill Robertie.

As a regular cash game player with four years of experience at the micro-limits - 1/2c - 25/50c - I have found that Volume One, which focusses on pre-flop and flop play only, is invaluable because many concepts that are crucial to succeed in NL cash play are explained in the clearest way that I have come across so far in poker literature.

One important thing to mention is that essentially Volume 1 and 2 are two parts of the same book. Consequently, the reader will need both volumes to improve all parts of the game. However, Volume 1 includes an extremely useful introduction to basic ideas and key principles of cash game holdem (c. 115 pages), about 50 pages of Tight-Aggressive pre-flop play and approximately 100 pages each of Tight-Aggressive Flop play Heads Up and the same for Multiple opponents. There are also a number of problems, which should help illustrate key concepts, at the end of the three sections on the play of hands.

On the down side, some players of cash games suggest that his advice is a bit on the tight side for today's very aggressive online games. Sadly, too, there are some typing errors so be careful. Also, this book assumes the reader is familiar with many basic concepts and may not be a suitable introduction on its own.

Any cash game holdem player who is prepared to read this and think about the concepts, the hands, and their game should find that this book pays for itelf hundreds of times over. A must-read / must-have for anyone who wants to improve their cash game play considerably.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous book 21 Jun 2009
As with all the other Dan Harrington books - top draw.

It's best to read this book very slowly and to stop an reflect at each section so you can take it all in correctly. It's very easy to skim over something quickly and realise later that its quite an importand principle - not that the book is hard to follow: far from it. Just that it's quite compact with good information and advice.
If you're a regular cash player, buy this book - period!

If you're just starting out, you're probably better off reading the tournament blue book first in my opinion.
If you're serious about poker, I'd recommend buying the 3 tourney books blue, red and grey. Then buy the cash games. My reason? you can lose a lot of money in cash games and starting out you really need to limit this as much as possible. In tourney play your loses are limited so I suggest you start there.

Its another 10/10 for 'Action Dan'. Well done!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best On Offer 10 Aug 2008
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This book brings Dan Harringtons excellent teaching style straight to the novice Cash game player for No Limit Texas Holdem.

The book demands that the reader has some knowledge of Poker, this is not an ABC guide of Poker from "how to play in position" the reader should have a basic grounding of strategy before embarking on unravelling this book.

The book mostly deals with pre-flop and post-flop play and whilst the turn and river are covered, Harrington leaves the in depth discussion of fourth and fifth street to the second book (Harrington on Cash Games 2 - Blue Book) which focuses more on the turn and river play and strategies.

What I enjoyed about this book is that I picked it up with little if any knowledge of cash games but finished the book fairly confident I could mix it with even a reasonable cash game player. Especially at the lower limits, you will be much better equipt for having read this book than not. Players at the lower levels are generally straight forward and understanding the virtues of the books principles will stand you in good stead.

The way that you approach cash games is different to tournaments, and Harrington really drills down on what the main differences are - especially when it comes to dealing with pocket pairs, position, and hole cards in relation to the size of your stack. The size of your stack of chips makes a lot of difference to how you play the hand. Harrington uses clever analogies to demonstrate the differences between what hands you play compared to what you might do in tournaments where blinds are high and you must act decisively with strong pre-flop hands. This is possibly the hardest thing for a cash game newbie to grasp.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good cash game book 1 May 2008
Harrington's tourney books are probably the best books on the market for no limit hold em tourney's.
I was a little sceptical though whether Harrington would be able to write a book just as good for cash games.
I didn't need to worry, he explains the difference of why hands like top pair top kicker are great in tourney's but are very average in cash games.
Also the chapter on small hands small pots was very good at explaining that even pocket aces on a flop can be a small hand.
The explanation that the difference between hands like 67 suited and poket aces comes down in deep stack poker was very good.
Basically if you're a new player or a player moving from tourney's to cash, this is a must read.
I've been playing cash and tourneys on-line now for 5 yrs and still found it very useful even if only to confirm what I thought was the case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars harrington on cash games volume 1
without any shadow of a doubt, Dan Harrington is as good a teacher as he is a player! After purchasing both volumes of his cash game books whilst been a consistently good winner at... Read more
Published 18 months ago by dazbar69
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it.
I have had the book about a week now, and i am about to start reading it for the second time. Very readable, but so full of good points that i know that i have missed some the... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2012 by keirjon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cash game poker advice
I can reccomend Harrington on Cash in an instant.

I bought this after struggling in cash games whilst doing pretty well in low level tournaments. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by Martin Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
Taken together, volumes one and two of Harrington on cash games are the best books I have ever read on NL hold em. Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by S. Mark St.Ear
4.0 out of 5 stars harrington on cash
Having been playing poker for a few years, i recently bought Harrington on Cash Games: v. 1: How to Win at No-limit Hold'em Money Games and also Harrington on Cash Games: Volume... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by P. Hoben
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I've just finished readnig Harrington on Cash Games Volume 1, and I think it is a fantastic book. Everything is explained very clearly. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by Androgyny
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
I have been working my way through the book and find it very helpful, offering useful advice. Easy to read and understand. Enjoy :)
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by snake hips
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrington - solid as usual
Not a lot to say about this book. I'd place it at an intermediate level, it has a lot of depth, and worth getting. Buy it, highly recommended (as are all his others)
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by M. Sobriquet
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrington on Cash Games
Bought both volumes together after borrowing Vol 1 from a friend. I have learnt a lot from the short time of borrowing and am looking forward to developing my game further with... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by GranDave
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