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Worth more than it's weight in Gold
on 5 October 2005
Having read all the hype about how good this book was, I decided to buy it and form my own opinion of it. First of all, I no longer see this as a purchase, but instaed an 'investment'. Invest £15 in this book, and you will see a fantastic return within a few weeks.
Harrington on Hold 'Em (HOH), if you study it and inwardly digest, will give you a significant edge over your less widely read opponents at the table.
To be honest, my first impression was that the first third of the book was rather slow- Harrington explains the different playing styles that a player can adopt, and describes the type of tournaments that you may play in. A key point to make here is that HOH is applicable for both online and live play, which differ in terms of the stragegy a player should adopt.
The real meat of the book begins when Harrington outlines and details his pre-flop recommendations. This advice was the first of Harrington's that I incorporated into my game. Some may say it's too tight and conservative, but I would counter that by saying that it is profitable- which is all that matters at the end of the day.
The rest of the book details betting after the flop, on the turn and the river. I've often found betting immediately after the flop one of the most difficult skills to grasp, but Harrington's methodical approach makes it clearer and easier. The concepts of continuation and probe bets, whilst not being brand new concepts, are given their most thorough treatment yet in a poker text.
However, I haven't yet mentioned the most important parts of this book- the problem sections. After each chapter, Harrington presents 10 to 20 real examples of hands that he has played or taken part in. The hands are specifically chosen to illustrate the points he has made during the chapter. These are the most instructive sections of the book, and give you confidence that what Harrington is teaching is sensible.
In colclusion: A brilliant book, well written. It must be noted that it is co-written with Bill Robertie, the great backgammon player/author. This was a wise move, because the book reads far better than many of the other 2+2 texts. Buy this now, or find yourself consistently losing no-limit hold 'em games.