Originally Posted by Bonified
There are some excellent books around now, particularly Winning Tournament Poker One Hand At A Time Vols 1&2 (Pearljammer, Rizen, Apestyles) and Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Vols 1&2 (Jon Little). I'd start with those.
wtf? i had heard good things about WTPOHAAT, then i googled it, clicked the first link, (amazon.co.uk), which gives a huge chunk of the book away, like 50 hands and all the breakdown, and this is the second hand I read through...
This book has to be a level or some ****?
Setup: It is the very early stages of a $100 satellite to a $1,000 tournament. The blinds are 10-20, and I am not familiar with any players at my table.
Pre-flop (30): A
Seat 3 limps in under-the-gun. At such an early stage of a tournament, I prefer to make a slightly larger raise than normal with A-K, especially with a limper already in the hand. I will be playing the hand out of position if anyone calls behind, and this is not the type of hand I want to turn into a multiway pot. I want to discourage cold-callers by raising the full amount of the pot. I raise to 90. The players behind me all fold, but the small blind and the limper call.
Flop (290): 9
Both players check. Attempting a continuation bet would be quite risky given this board texture. Unless I can convince both of my opponents that I have an overpair, and neither of them has a strong enough hand or draw to continue, I have very little chance of winning this pot on the flop. I am content to take a free card in position, so I check.
Turn (290): K
It always feels great to take a free card and then hit it! I now have top pair, top kicker, but the board texture is still dangerous. If my opponents both check, I would be content to see the river for free, thereby disguising the strength of my hand and setting up an easy value-betting situation if they check to me again on the river.