The recent boom of Texas hold ’em has forever changed the way the game is played. Many more people know how to play this game well. Even the “loose” players who come to gamble have become far more aggressive, making them more difficult to play against. So a basic tight and patient strategy will no longer guarantee that you can make a significant amount of money in games at the higher stakes. This is especially true short-handed, which have become increasingly popular in the online poker rooms.
This text is the first to tackle the complex issues presented when playing short-handed and high-stakes limit hold ’em. But even if you happen to only play in softer games, many of the key concepts presented will still help you against the other good players in your game.
Winning in Tough Hold 'em Games includes an examination of pre-flop play, covering issues at a depth of sophistication which have never appeared in print before including discussions of blind stealing, re-stealing, isolating a loose player, big blind and small blind defense, and blind versus blind play. Also covered are thorough sections on playing heads up and semi-bluffing. In addition, over 50 hands, taken from high stakes online games which were played by “Stoxtrader,” are presented along with appropriate discussion of the strategy involved.
This book is a must read for anyone hoping to make a meaningful income from playing limit hold ’em. It is a serious text and should be beneficial for those of you willing to make the effort to master this material.