- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Cardoza Publishing,U.S.; 1st Cardoza Ed edition (28 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158042127X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580421270
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Championship No-limit and Pot Limit Hold'em (Championship series) Paperback – 28 Sep 2004
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While the authors are very successful players, it is seldom the case that the best players are the best teachers, this is certainly the case with this book. It is definitely sold off the authors names rather than the the quality of the material. The stories are pretty good and playing super-tight is sound advice for inexperienced players. I enjoyed reading it but I certainly won't bother reading it again.
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A quick hint- the use of the word "Championship" in the McEvoy and Cloutier titles can and should be completely interchangeable with the word "tournament". That is the player these books are written for.
Many of the super tight approaches that Cloutier uses to be successful in tournament play are unprofitable in cash game play. Because the average player is so ultra loose, tighter is probably better than looser but again this is geared primarily for tournaments where if you lose your chips you are through for the day.
Survival is one of the most important ideas in tournament play but ultra tight in cash games will often get you too little action on your better hands. Overall a very good book for tournament play; Cloutier is a proven and durable winner and has much to teach the budding no limit holdem tournament player in this book. Several now well-known winners have credited this book as "the" reason they won. Worth reading IMO.
Previous to reading these two books by Cloutier and McEvoy, I had finished three by Sklansky. I found that by following Sklansky's Small Stakes Hold'em I was playing far too conservatively to win. The blinds were eating me up and I rarely got any good cards to enter pots with. The opinions of Cloutier and McEvoy are far more practiceable I believe.
What we have here is a weed's eye view of what one should do when playing pot limit and no limit hold'em. There is some overlap with the other book but both are valuable on their own. The authors conclude that pot limit requires more skill than limit but that no limit requires the most skill of all.
While I was in Vegas, outside of the Rio where the World Series of Poker was being held, I did not see any mention of pot limit games but I've been in them a couple times online and have to state that it's one a most exciting variety of poker. It can get crazy fast and the book is quite insightful in describing the way in which one should specifically play.
The reader is given crystal clear advice on what to do in particular situations and the two authors seem to cover every single contingency that should arise. I was helped by the plain language and non-condescening prose of these two champions. I also liked the practice hands that were included. "Doing" definitely enhances learning and I found that to be the case here.
Get this book, but if you want to play side games, get Super/System too.
The tips are pretty basic and many of them are told repeatedly throughout the book. The result of that is a book with 304 pages that contains a net total of maybe 100 pages of poker-lessons. Not good. Sure, the stories are very entertaining to read and the authors both have a LOT of experience, but I got this book to get better at tournaments. Not for entertainment reading.
I regret that I bought this book. Recently I threw myself into Dan Harrington's vol.1 and vol.2 and they're great. I highly recommend them. Actually I can't even think of a single bad thing to say about them.