Harrington on Hold 'em: Volume Three: The Workbook by Dan Harrington
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Two Plus Two; Workbook edition (30 May 2006)
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Synopsis: Provides poker strategies for every phase of tournament play, covering the early phase where the stakes are small to later tactics such as bluffing, flops, scare cards, playing shorthanded, loose games, and endgame play.
Online Review: "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. 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."
Playing Poker to Win: A Comprehensive Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold'Em for Beginners and Improvers by Andrea Shavick
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: How To Books Ltd (31 Mar 2006)
Synopsis: No-limit Texas Hold'em is not only the most popular form of poker being played today, but also the fastest growing; yet there are few books on the subject for beginners and improvers. This book redresses the balance, providing a comprehensive tutorial in no-limit Hold'em, starting from square one. You will learn: the basics - rules, hand rankings, jargon and etiquette; principles of good play - when to bet, and when to get out; poker psychology - playing styles, table image, tells and bluffs; and the mathematics of poker - how to work the probabilities and odds.
Online Review: "Not just good writing, but sound tactical, mathematical and psychological advice about no limit hold `em. It's an impressive compendium of all the things a player should be looking out for in their first year or two of playing poker: the rules, psychology, maths, playing styles, money management, and so on. Plus there are a good few percentage tables to boot.If you're a beginner I would definitely start with this book. If you're an intermediate player, there's a lot for you to sink your teeth into. Either way, it will improve your game."
Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Citadel (1 May 2008)
Synopsis: The holder of the inaugural Poker Superstars Invitational title as well as the only player to win three World Poker Tour tournaments, Gus won his fifth major international title when he became the 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, outlasting 747 players and nabbing $1.2 million. Now, for the first time ever, Gus analyzes the hands that he played during the tournament and reveals his secrets for winning in Every Hand Revealed.
Online Review: "Each chapter represents a different day of the tournament and begins with Gus's thoughts on preparation, overall strategy for the day etc. Each chapter then ends with a recap. Gus' explanations for moves are delivered logically and while it's not a strategy many would adopt it is certainly food for thought for those who are prepared and willing to expand their outlook. When Gus makes bad plays ... he tells us. When he makes good plays ... he tells us. When he steams ... he tells us. When he misreads his hand ... he tells us. He tells us everything and in a very charming, readable manner."