Championship No-limit and Pot Limit Hold'em (Championship series) Paperback – 28 Sep 2004
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
Get this book, but if you want to play side games, get Super/System too.