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Championship No-limit and Pot Limit Hold'em (Championship series) Paperback – 28 Sep 2004

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  • 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: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the bible of winning pot-limit and no-limit hold'em tournaments. Written by 8-time World Champion players T.J. Cloutier (1998 and 2002 Player of the Year) and Tom McEvoy (the foremost author on tournament strategy) who have won millions of dollars each playing no-limit and pot-limit hold'em in cash games and major tournaments around the world. You'll get all the answers here to your most important questions: How do you get inside your opponents' heads and learn how to beat them at their own game? How can you tell how much to bet, raise, and reraise in no-limit hold'em? When can you bluff? How do you set up your opponents in pot-limit hold'em so that you can win a monster pot? What are the best strategies for winning no-limit and pot-limit tournaments, satellites, and super satellites? Rock-solid and inspired advice you can bank on. If you want to become a future champion, you must have this book. The definitive guide to winning at the world's two most exciting poker games! This powerful book by authors with 8 world championship titles between them is considered the bible for no-limit and pot-limit tournament.

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While this book is an entertaining read the poker strategy is lacking, if you want some entertaining stories and telling you to play super-tight then this book is good for you. However, far superior strategy material will be found elsewhere. This book contains a lot of level 1 thinking, when you have xx hand do this. While it recognizes position slightly it doesn't properly discuss many other important factors involved in the hand, such as number of people at the table, stack sizes, blind levels, your opposition, etc.

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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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't read this book 17 July 2004
By bubbapug - Published on
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I bought this book. The book is written in a very informal style. However, the first day after I read it I finished 6th out of 1600 in one tournement in which I never finished higher than 400 in before. This guy knows his stuff, but do you have the discipline and patience to follow his advice? This is not a formula book, as in play this way, and this way only. TJ goes into the real aspect of NL tourny play, as in playing the player, and not making mistakes. I would rather you not read this book because I don't want anyone who follows it to play against me. But if you do read it pay attention, TJ's style is understated to say the least, but he lays out a system that will win you tournaments.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, with advice from a poker legend 11 July 2004
By D. Gaito - Published on
Format: Paperback
The stories throughout are worth the price alone. Add to that Cloutier (& Mcevoy) giving sound poker advice, and you get a book to look at for years to come.
The book is focused on both pot limit and no limit, and the advise is split evenly throughout. It offers a ton of strategy, practice hands and different view points (Cloutier and McEvoy are both great players, but play certain hands very differently). The writing is such that you feel that TJ is sitting next to you, telling you how to play - - an aspect that I really enjoyed. The book ends with tails from TJ, a collection of poker memories from his days traveling from game to game throughout Texas.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why this book gets high reviews 30 April 2004
By Matt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a good limit and decent NL player, winning at both regularly. I wanted to take my game to the next level and this book did not help. There are no tricks or even organized suggestions in this book. It is a bunch of chat basically about being tight. I also bought Internet texas hold'em by Matthew Hilger and that book taught me tons. In fact my NL play improved as much from that book as it did from TJ's. Overall this book is a huge disappointment. It is repetetive and full of chatter which is interesting but can't improve your game. Send me $50 and I will tell you not to play KJ and Q10 in a NL game.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you need to know what game you are playing 8 Nov. 2005
By J. Rubino - Published on
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The flood of players coming into poker is overwhelming and the books to learn poker are many. Keep in mind that what looks like the same game is actually quite different. Low stakes limit holdem is much different than high stakes limit holdem and no limit and pot limit are significantly different than limit holdem. And finally no limit cash is different than no limit tournament play. That said this book is excellent for pot limit and even more so for no limit mid to high buy in tournaments.

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars championship TOURNAMENT 22 April 2004
By Nicholas Moore - Published on
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This is an excellent book on pot limit and no limit hold'em, but the title can be misinterpreted. When it comes to side games, the pot limit section is very helpful, but the no limit talk pretty much covers tournament play, specifically the WSOP. For no limit side games, I would recommend Super/System. Doyle and TJ seem to agree on most points, such as being careful with AA or KK etc. with only a few discrepancies, but they are different players with different styles. The only other benefit for side games that TJ's book has is that he gives more detail in the reasoning for why AJ, AQ, etc are high risk hands, but Doyle does cover it too.
Get this book, but if you want to play side games, get Super/System too.
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