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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Two Plus Two Pub. (Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880685353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880685358
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,632 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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 13thDuke on 12 Jan 2011
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Following on from the start of the tournament principles in Vol 1, Harrington now turns his attention to the closing of a tournament. We move through short-handed play (i.e. less than 10 players at a table), we learn how to deal with the blinds going higher and then we enter heads up. Along the way, Harrington gives us his views on playing the bubble (i.e. how to play when you are nearly in the prizes) and how the pot odds we learnt in Vol 1 can be applied to great effect through the various passages of play.

In commentary during the Poker Million in December 2010, Neil "Bad Beat" Channing remarked that Harrington's theories are now out of date when compared to modern poker. I certainly don't have the pedigree to argue with Channing, but I would suggest that if you are looking to take your game to the next level, this is the book for you. Harrington will help you understand the more confusing passages of play that are crucial in this stage of the tournament. He gives you guides to appropriate raises, calls and folds and then you put these into practice using real hands from real tournaments.

For me, the two outstanding sections of the book are the concept of calculating your M (i.e. your stake size, divided by the size of the starting pot) and the section on heads up play. Many poker commentators talk a lot about players "only having x number of big blinds", but I always figured that wasn't a great calculation, as it doesn't reflect how many rounds are left before your stack is gone. "M" calculates this precisely. If your "M" is 3, you have 3 rounds left before the blinds and antes leave you with nothing. Time to start shoving all in!

The heads up section was very eye-opening.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Beardy on 5 Dec 2005
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Ive not been playing poker for too long but im very keen and have read quite a few books all ready. This book and to a lesser extent the 1st one is by far the best one. Very well written and easy to understand with lots of new concepts I hadn't come across in any of the other books ive read. Loads of set problems to solve in each chapter make you think about what you've read before and help the information to 'go in' and hence remember for the future. Some people may be put off as Harrington is renowned for being super tight (everyone wants to play like Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen these days), but i think you may be surprised as to some of the moves he is happy to make. All in all a crackin' book that any poker player can't fail to learn from. My advice - Buy it and start winning!!!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "henrycoleman" on 12 Aug 2005
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Harrington follows on from the excellent first book with a book devoted in the main to the middle and later stages of tournaments. With the blinds rising and the stack sizes shrinking critical adjustments to your game need to be considered. Again the pages are laden with example hands that are full of information. Inflection points are discussed in depth, as are short handed play and the often over looked importance of having a solid heads up game. In fact the heads up section is the first book I have read that goes in to any depth on this subject. After reading these two books you'll be able to turn up at your local casino or card club confident that the decisions you make will be more informed and purposeful than before you sat down to read these two books. Only negative is that you are paying double price for what is just a long book, but it's superiority over lot of the others on the market make it a worthwhile investment.
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