Cash Games (How to Win at No-Limit Hold'em Money Games) Vol. 1
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The first years of the poker boom were fueled by the interest in no-limit hold em tournaments. Recently, however, players have been gravitating to another, even more complex form of hold em no-limit cash games.

In Harrington on Cash Games: Volume I, Dan Harrington teaches you the key concepts that drive deep-stack cash game play. You ll learn how to tailor your selection of starting hands to your stack size, how to recognize the increasing deception value of supposedly weaker hands as the stack sizes increase, and how to use the concept of pot commitment to your advantage as the size of the pot grows. After laying out the general concepts behind deep-stack cash game play, Harrington shows you a complete strategy for post-flop play, and then teaches you the difference between post-flop play against a single opponent and post-flop play against multiple opponents. If you play no-limit hold em cash games, you need to read this book.

Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2,576) considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Cash Games, Harrington and two-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive books on no-limit cash games. These books will teach you what you need to know to be a winner in the cash game world.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great book for the intermediate player
    This is a great book for the beginner who knows the rules of the game, know a little about what hands to play or the intermediate player. I have this book 4 stars because it takes the very aggressive approach which works if you are playing with players that know what they are doing, but can cost you a lot with players that play weak. You will defiantly make the money back you paid for this book. I also suggest you get book 2 as it covers the turn and river in-depth. I am glad I found a solid book for NL cash games!...more info
  • not for beginners
    fist things first. this book is not for beginners. you need a good grasp of poker lingo and basic play to appreciate this book. i read volume 1 and 2 and these are the best books on NL Holdem.
    the first volume is preflop and flop play and the second book is on turn and river play plus some bonus topics. these books should be bought and read as one book.
    the positives are as follows:
    it gives you concrete examples that were based on live and internet play. the problems are easy to read. the explinations of what actions to take and what your thought process should be in the problems are complicated but necessary . there are so many hand examples that it becomes engrained in your brain by the end of the books.
    this is a book for "big stack" no limit. 100 big blinds and up. if you know Dan Harringtons reputation as a tight player(Action Dan) you will be suprised at how loose he reccomends you play. he constantly tells you to mix up your game and raise with some pritty light hands. if you play as he reccomends you will have you opponents totaly confused.
    his opinions on how to use a wristwatch to randomise your actions and the "metagame theory" are worth the pice of the books alone!
    this book is not a recipe book on how to win...far from it. but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to apply his concepts...you will be a dangerous player at the table!

    the only negative thing i can say is that he only raises 3 big blinds in 90% of his examples. each game is different. at my local cardroom a 3x raise gets no respect. 4x and 5x big blind raises are the norm and tend to narrow the field. and there is no advice on the caped buyin games that are common in california cardrooms.

    hope my review was helpfull...Mike A...more info
  • Extremely lousy
    I am having a hard enough time making money playing cash Holdem. If you read this book (Vol 1 & 2) I may have to quit....more info
  • Easy to understand
    I am fairly new to the game of poker and this book was very easy to understand. This is definitely a book you can re-read many times and use it as a quick reference guide. I would recommend it to anyone trying to master the game of poker....more info
  • Great for the nuances between cash games and tournaments
    He does an excellent job of getting across the subtle differences between cash games and tournament poker. I've read his other 3 books on tournament games (which are very good in their own right) and the contrast in objectives is nice, as are some of the underlying theories. The combination of text and example hands works very well and makes the points he's trying to get across clearer.

    While this is a different subject, I can see how this can be applied to deep stacked tournaments as well, which is great - and not something in his other books.

    In general he advocates playing more hands (than in tournaments). The only thing I'd like to see more of in the book is more advice and direction on how to keep from playing too many hands, and some ways to detect or monitor yourself in order to catch that. Other than that, a great book on a tricky subject....more info
  • Gran libro!! -Si tu nivel de ingles es medio, lo entiendes perfectamente
    Muy buen libro, necesario para jugar al poker. Si no lo has leido, no te enteras de nada de lo que ocurre realmetne....more info
  • Don't read this...you'll beat me
    recommended for those of us, myself especially, who think that they're ready to excell at the cash tables. take the time and let this book river you out of $30, if that, and then take the time to learn, relearn, and over-learn all the book has to offer....more info
  • The book has already paid for itself
    As a low-limit, casual online player, I've been making a reasonable profit on tournaments only to be punished whenever I try to move into ring games. One thing Harrington does a good job of (not surprising given he literally wrote the book on tournament play) is clearly describing how and when the two games diverge. On just the first read-through of this book I was able to spot a number of gaping flaws in my cash game that I didn't even know were there.

    I can see how the book would be less valuable to a more experience player, but it was exactly what I needed....more info
  • Another Excellent Harrington Book
    Another excellent book by Harrington. I read this book about a year ago and loved it. If you enjoyed his tournament play books, this series on cash games are perfect. Thanks for the great work, Dan....more info
  • Readable, rigorous, and informative
    Dan Harrington is an accomplished pro, and a captivating and often witty writer. The quality of his prose is well above that of most poker books.

    In Vol I, he establishes broad cash game principles, and lays a foundation for presenting a tight aggressive style. His coverage of pre-flop play is rigorous, with plenty of example hands that reiterate concepts. For flop play, there are entire chapters devoted to both heads up and multiple player hands.

    Vol II, also excellent, covers the turn and river, and the loose aggressive style.

    This is a great book, and is deserving of many re-reads. It is particularly good for those who want to refine or counter a tight aggressive style. ...more info