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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Copyright
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Stages of a Tournament
	Early Levels
	Middle Levels
	The Bubble
	In The Money
	The Final-Table Bubble
	The Final Table
2 Short-Handed Play
	Six- to Four-Handed Play
	Three-Handed Play
	Heads Up Play
	Heads Up Pre-Flop Play
	Heads Up Post-Flop Play
	Heads Up Short-Stack Play
3 Developing Your Poker Skills
	Learning
	Be Open Minded but Skeptical
	Apply What You Learn
	Have a Clear Mind
	Find a Study Group
	Learn to Think for Yourself
	Coming Up with New Lines
4 The Mental and Physical Approach
	Opportunity Cost
	Game Selection
	Patience
	Take Your Time
	Dealing with Loss
	Tilt
	Playing Against Someone on Tilt
	Put in Hours but Take Breaks
	Intuition
	Luck
	Physical
	Sleeping
	Be in Good Shape
	Endurance
	Breathing
	Good Posture
	Nutrition
5 Tells
	General Tells
	Initial Reads
	Having No Tells
	Do Not Give Away Free Information
	The Hand isn’t Over Until it’s Over
	Take Useful Notes
	Raise the Same Amount Every Time
	Bet-Sizing Tells
	Timing Tells
	Busy Tells
	Chip Placement
	Chip Tricks
	Poker Gear Tells
	Tells Based on Who You Associate With
	Giving Off Reverse Tells
	Hollywooding
	Looking Back At Your Hand
	World-Class Players
	Hand Reading
6 Practical Tips for Tournament Play
	Protect your Hand
	When to Look at your Hand
	When You Think a Card Flashes
	Look Left
	Checking in the Dark
	Betting Weird Amounts
	Do Not Worry About the Average Stack
	When Your Bluff is Called
	When the Big Blind is Sitting Out
	Chopping
	Pot-Limit Holdem
	Do Not Slow Down the Game
	Show Up on Time
	Confirm the Action if You Miss It
	Carry a Bag
	How to Stack Your Chips
	Making Change
	Do Not Put Chips in Your Pocket
	Sunglasses
	Headphones
	Treat People Well
	Do Not Berate Poor Play
	Do Not Fear the Pros
	Table Talk
	Do Not Talk Strategy at the Table
7 Etiquette
	Do Not Talk to the Person you Just Beat
	Excessive Celebration
	Know What You are Talking About
	Rapping the Table
	Telling the All-In Player “Good Luck”
	Talking During the Hand
	Do Not Reveal Your Cards
	Make Chips Easy for the Dealer to See
8 Going Pro
	Do Not Overestimate Yourself
	Do Not Try to be Macho
	Do Not Set Silly Goals
	Do Not Pity Yourself
	Be a Good Person
	Leaks
	Poker is a Numbers Game
	Have a Large Skill Set
	Know the Game You are Playing
	Play a Game with a Future
	Play in Soft Games
	The Long Run
	Bankroll
	Downswings
	The Rake
	Hourly Rate
	Spots You Should Not Pass Up
	Other Sources of Income
	Have a Retirement Fund
	Coaching
	Do Not Loan Money
	Find Ways to Solve Problems
	Differences Between Live and Online Poker
	Online Tournaments
	How to Multi-Table
	It Takes a Year to Adjust to Live Poker
	Know How to Play Short-handed
	Soft Large-Buy-In Tournaments
	World Series of Poker
	World Poker Tour
	Traveling the Circuit
9 Hand Examples
10 Questions and Answers
Conclusion
                        
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Treat People Well
When you go to a casino, your goal should be to make everyone there happy.
This includes players, dealers, floor supervisors, cocktail waitresses, janitors and
anyone else in your vicinity. If you want to make money playing poker, you
need a place to play. Think of the casino as your workplace. When you show up,
you make some money. If the casino is happy, you are happy. Players often
complain about the casino and the way they run their tournaments. You should
do the opposite.
If you treat the dealers poorly, they may quit, which means the poker room will
be short on dealers, which means it may cost them more money to hire replace‐
ments, which will make tournaments less profitable for them, which may cause
them to stop running tournaments altogether. This may seem farfetched, but if
enough people are rude to the dealers, it could happen. You should want the
dealers to be happy. It’s not fun playing at a table when the dealer clearly
doesn’t want to be there. When you make it deep in a tournament, leave the deal‐
ers some money. I like to make sure the dealers get about 3.5 percent of the prize
pool. Most tournaments take 3 percent off the top, meaning I will leave an addi‐
tional 0.5 percent of my cash.
If you are rude to a floor supervisor, he may become disgruntled and do a poor
job, which will also cost you money. The floor supervisors usually go over the
top to make the players happy. If you treat them well, they will usually get you
whatever you ask for. If you need a discounted or free hotel room, ask the floor
supervisors and they will either get it for you or point you in the right direction.
You can also ask for food comps, which can come to thousands of dollars annu‐
ally. Tip the floor staff very well. They are the people that get the job done and
make sure that you are treated like royalty.
Treat the service people well. If you upset a cocktail waitress, she may avoid
your table. If you are rude to the janitor, he may leave the casino floor strewn
with trash.
Finally, treat the other players well. Tournaments don’t run if they don’t enter.
You may think you can profit by treating the good players poorly, but you need
them to show up because weaker players like to know they can win a large first
prize. In order to have a large first prize, you need a lot of players. Also, you
don’t want to be mean to the amateurs because they might quit playing alto‐
gether.
I try to live by the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. I like

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to be treated well, so I must treat everyone else well. In my mind, there is no
other option. Remember that even if someone is not in your circle of friends, he
still deserves respect.

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When the Big Blind is Sitting Out
Chopping
Pot-Limit Holdem
Do Not Slow Down the Game
Show Up on Time
Confirm the Action if You Miss It
Carry a Bag
How to Stack Your Chips
Making Change
Do Not Put Chips in Your Pocket
Sunglasses
Headphones
Treat People Well
Do Not Berate Poor Play
Do Not Fear the Pros
Table Talk
Do Not Talk Strategy at the Table

7 Etiquette
Do Not Talk to the Person you Just Beat
Excessive Celebration
Know What You are Talking About
Rapping the Table
Telling the All-In Player “Good Luck”
Talking During the Hand
Do Not Reveal Your Cards
Make Chips Easy for the Dealer to See

8 Going Pro
Do Not Overestimate Yourself
Do Not Try to be Macho
Do Not Set Silly Goals
Do Not Pity Yourself
Be a Good Person
Leaks
Poker is a Numbers Game
Have a Large Skill Set
Know the Game You are Playing
Play a Game with a Future
Play in Soft Games
The Long Run

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Bankroll
Downswings
The Rake
Hourly Rate
Spots You Should Not Pass Up
Other Sources of Income
Have a Retirement Fund
Coaching
Do Not Loan Money
Find Ways to Solve Problems
Differences Between Live and Online Poker
Online Tournaments
How to Multi-Table
It Takes a Year to Adjust to Live Poker
Know How to Play Short-handed
Soft Large-Buy-In Tournaments
World Series of Poker
World Poker Tour
Traveling the Circuit

9 Hand Examples
10 Questions and Answers
Conclusion

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