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Table of Contents
	Why I am Writing this Book
Section 1
Chapter 1
	Why Poker Tournaments are So Profitable
Chapter 2
	The Fundamentals
		Do Not Get Stuck on Formulas
		What to Think about in a Hand
		Expected Value
		Pot Odds
		Effective Stack Size
		Reasons to Bet
		The Importance of Position
		Putting Opponents on a Range
		You Need a Stronger Hand to Call than to Raise
		Relative Hand Strength
		Do Not Play Robotically
		Levels of Thinking
		Make Friends at the Table
		When Someone Tries to Outplay You
		My Style
Section 2
Chapter 3
		Playing Very Deep
		Think Ahead
		How Much to Bet
Chapter 4
	Before the Flop
		Which Hands to Raise
		When There is a Raise Before You
		When There are Limpers
		When You are Re-raised
		Playing from the Small Blind
		Playing from the Big Blind
		The Squeeze Play
		You do not Have to Raise the Button
Chapter 5
	Post-Flop Concepts
		Value Betting
		Represent Something
		Pot Control
		When to Slow Play
Chapter 6
	Playing the Flop
		Leading into the Raiser as a Bluff
		Raising and Check-raising as a Bluff
		Continuation Betting
		Raising and Check-raising the Flop
		Leading into the Pre-flop Raiser
		When there was a Reraise Before the Flop
		How to Play each Type of Hand
		Multi-way Pot Considerations
Chapter 7
	Playing the Turn
		Bet When they Check
		Check-raising the Turn
		When You are Raised on the Turn
		Calling with a Draw on the Turn
		Playing top Pair on the Turn
Chapter 8
	Playing the River
		Calling when You Think you are Beat
		How to Value Bet the River
		Bet an Amount They Can Call
		Over Betting the River
		Not Putting Your Opponent All-in
		Blocking Bets
		Bluffing on the River
		When you are Raised on the River
		Raise-folding the River
		Over Calling on the River
Chapter 9
	Miscellaneous Topics
		Make Your Decisions Simple
		Know what you are Inducing
		Advertisement Plays
		Fancy Play Syndrome
		Give the Illusion of Fold Equity
		Play Straightforwardly in Large Pots
		When You Are Re-Raised the Minimum
		Check when you Hit your Draw
		Big Calls or Big Folds
		How to Play Against Good Regulars
		Exploit Each Player
		How to Play with a Maniac on Your Left
		When a Player Will Not Back Down
		Being the Table Bully
Section 3
Chapter 10
	When you have Between 125 and 60BBs
		Play Tighter As Stacks Get Shorter
		Raise Players who Fold too Much
		Pot-Control Medium-Strength Hands
		Getting All-In with a Strong Hand
		Re-raising with Weak Hands
Chapter 11
	When You have Between 60 and 40BBs
		Do Not Fear Going Broke
		Do Not Put a Lot of Chips in and then Fold
		Limp-Calling in a Raised Pot
		Limping the Button
Section 4
Chapter 12
	When You Have Between 40 and 27BBs
		Gamble to Get a Better Stack
		Which Hands to Raise
		The All-In Squeeze
		Early-Position Steal
		Being Pot-Committed
Chapter 13
	When You Have Between 27 and 15BBs
		Three-Betting All-In
Chapter 14
	When You Have Between 12 and 5BBs
		When There Are Limpers
		When There Is A Raise
		Calling Pushes
		When Someone Pushes over Your Raise
		Isolating Versus Calling
		Half-Stack Raise
Chapter 15
	When You Have Less Than 5BBs
Document Text Contents
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Suppose you call a middle-position raise with K -J in the big blind. The flop comes 10 -8 -3 .

The standard play here would to be to check-fold or maybe check-raise. Donk-betting is also an
option because it is really just a semi-bluff. By giving yourself a little fold equity, you can make a
marginal profit from what is typically a check-fold hand. However, this play will usually increase
variance, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your table.
Call frequent donk-bettors when you would be happy getting to showdown, such as with top pair, and
raise or fold when you miss. If you have a good semi-bluff hand, you should usually raise as well. If
you raise from middle position with Q-J, the big blind calls and you see a J-4-2 flop, it’s usually a
good idea to call if lead into.
While your opponent could have some random weak draw, you should be happy calling down and
letting him bluff. You should be more prone to raise with 9-8 in the same situation, as you have no
showdown value. Another option is to call the flop and raise his turn bet, although that starts to risk
too many chips for me to be comfortable in a tournament.

Weak players tend to donk-bet when their hands have marginal showdown value, like middle or
bottom pair with a good kicker, or top pair with a bad kicker. These players are leading into the
raiser to see where they are. Give these players the bad news and raise relentlessly. I played a hand
in the early levels of a WPT event where everyone had 300BB stacks. I raised from the cutoff with 10
-6 and the big blind called. The flop came J-5-2 and the big blind lead into me for 4BBs into the

6BB pot. I realized the player would most likely be one to lead with these weak made hands so I

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raised to 16BBs. He thought for a while and called. The turn was an 8. He checked and I bet about
24BBs into the 38BB pot. He thought for a while and folded a jack face-up, saying he knew he was
beat. He was also rather rude, and said I missed a lot of value playing my hand that way. He failed to
realize that his hand was face-up, whereas I could have had a huge range of hands. In his mind though,
my range was only top pair, good kicker or better. So, if someone tells you he has a weak hand,
convince him you have a monster and pick up the free chips.

The dynamics of a hand drastically change when someone re-raises before the flop. You should
generally play a little more straightforwardly as the pot gets large, especially if your stack is starting
to get short. If you are still very deep-stacked, you can occasionally bluff-raise or float on the flop,
but you should do this rarely.
For example, if someone raises to 3BBs out of a 150BB stack and you re-raise with 8 -7 , you
should almost always continuation-bet, regardless of your position, because by re-raising, you can
represent a wide range of strong hands, such as A-A, A-K and 8 -7 . If the board comes A-6-3 you
can represent A-K, if it comes 8-7-2 you can represent 8-7, and if it comes 7-4-2 you can represent
A-A. There is nothing wrong with picking up a 20BB pot at every opportunity.
If you raise and someone re-raises with position on you, you are in a much tougher spot because he is
going to pick up all the pots you miss. Hence, you should tend to check-raise with semi-bluffs,
monsters and occasionally air, and check-call with good made hands and also hands like middle pair.
Tend to fold weak made hands to continued pressure.
You are in a much more favorable situation if you raise and someone re-raises from out of position.
Players re-raising out of the blinds tend to have a stronger hand than when re-raising from late
position, enabling you to pick up some pots when the board comes with all low cards. If your
opponent bets, you should only rarely raise, as he will continue betting a strong hand and will usually
check-fold the turn with a weak hand. I suggest floating often, especially if the board is bad for the re-
raiser’s range, and only folding when the flop is terrible for you. When your opponent checks to you
on the turn, feel free to bet every time. If he continues to bet, you can call down with good made hands
and fold weak hands.

In this section I will discuss how to play each type of hand both in and out of position. I can’t stress
enough that these are just general guidelines. You must mix up your game from time to time if you
want to win high-buy-in poker tournaments. The lines below constitute my default strategy. In all
these hands you face one opponent. I will discuss multiple opponents in a later chapter.
In position when you are the pre-flop raiser, tend to bet with strong made hands, like the nuts, flushes,
straights, sets, two pair, and good top-pair hands. Bet bottom pair as a semi-bluff, such as A-3 on a
K-7-3 board. You should usually bet when you flop nothing, and bet all your semi-bluff hands. Also
bet most boards that are unlikely to have improved your opponent’s hand.

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