Harrington on Hold'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Volume 1
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Poker has taken America by storm. But it's not just any form of poker that has people across the country so excited, it's No-Limit Hold'em, the main event game. And now, thanks to televised tournaments, tens of thousands of new players are eager to claim their share of poker glory. Harrington on Hold'em takes you to the part of the game the cameras ignore, the tactics required to get through the hundreds and sometimes thousands of hands you must win to make it to the final table. Harrington's sophisticated and time-tested winning strategies, focusing on what it takes to survive the early and middle stages of a No-Limit Hold'em tournament, are appearing here for the first time in print. These are techniques that top players use again and again to get to make it to final tables around the globe. Now, learn from one of the world's most successful No-Limit Hold'em players how to vary your style, optimize your betting patterns, analyze hands, respond to a re-raise, play to win the most money possible, react when a bad card hits and much, much more.
Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make it to the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2576) considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Hold 'Em, Harrington and 2-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive book on No-Limit Hold'em for players who want to win, and win big.
What happens when you enter the pot with a nice call or raise, and a player sitting behind you reraises? There is no easy answer to this question, but there are a number of issues you have to weigh in deciding on your next move. In some cases, all (or most) of the issues will point in the same direction, and your decision gets pretty easy. In other cases, the issues will point in different directions, and you’ll have a tough decision.
Let’s look at the issues first. What should you take into consideration when you’re reraised?
Those are a lot of issues to weigh. Let’s look at a few examples and see how these decisions work out in practice.
Example No. 1. It’s a nine-handed table, with blinds of $100/$200 and antes of $25. The pot is $525 to start. You’re in fifth position with $14,000. The stacks range between $6,000 and $17,000. The first four players fold to you. You have held good cards and have played several recent pots. You hold
and raise to $600, making the pot $1,125. The rest of the players fold to the big blind, who has $12,000 and who has played somewhat aggressively. He puts in $1,000, making it $600 to you. The pot is now $2,125. Should you fold, call, or raise?
Answer: Let’s walk through our criteria and see where we stand with this hand.
Your first decision here is pretty easy; nearly all factors are favorable, and you’re going to play the hand. Your real decision is a tougher one. Are you going to just call, or are you going to reraise?
You might think at first that with nearly all factors favorable, this must be an easy reraise. But that’s not the case. A pair of tens is not really a great hand for putting in a third raise, and how you want to handle the hand depends a lot on the flop. If a couple of overcards appear on the flop, you’re in bad shape. If low cards appear, you’re in great shape. I like to base my decision on my position and my chip strength. If I’m out of position, I like to wrap the hand up quickly. If I have position, I like to let the hand play out more slowly, so that my positional advantage has time to operate.
My chip strength also affects my decision. It’s early in the tournament, and I have plenty of time. The value of hands like jacks and tens drops in this situation, since those hands often end in coin-flip situations against hands with two higher cards. That also argues for playing the hand more slowly. Considering both position and chip strength, I’d recommend a call.
Example No.2. Same table as before, with the same structure of blinds and antes. Once again, you have $14,000. A couple of players have a little more; most have less. The pot is again $525 to start. You’re in third position with
The first and second players fold. You elect to call. The fourth player folds, but the player in fifth position, with $10,000, raises $1,000. Since he is a new player who just joined the table, you know nothing about him. You have been playing aggressively and have won several recent small pots. The players behind him and the blinds all fold. The action is to you. The pot is now $1,725, and it costs you $800 to call. What should you do?
Answer: Let’s walk through our criteria once more and see where we stand.
Not much doubt here. All factors except for the pot odds are unfavorable. Fold.
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