Professional poker player and author Lee Nelson teaches you how to play and beat poker tournaments.
LET’S PLAY POKER
ABOUT THIS BOOK
No Limit Texas Hold’em is a great game and it seems like it’s everywhere these days. But if you don’t know what’s going on, actually trying to play can be a frustrating experience. There are a lot of good poker books out there but most areaimed at people who already know a little bit or are at such a basic level you’re almost no better off having read them. If you want to get better at poker, there are two things you must do. The first is to keep studying and analyzing the game. Read all you can and discuss hands with better players. The more you learn, the more you’ll realize how much you still don’t know. The second is tocritique your key hands away from the table, thinking about what decision you would make next time and learning from your mistakes so you play better in the future. I make mistakes in every tournament I enter, even the ones I win. By analyzing and learning from these errors, I rarely make the same mistake twice. Most importantly, have fun playing. Now let’s play poker!
Lee ‘Final Table’ Nelson
5 8 11 CHAPTER 1
The History of Poker
Starting Hands Early in the Tournament
The Useful Internet
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STAGE 1 – Tournament Preparation
How To Beat Play-Money Sit-N-Gos (SNGs) PART TwO REAL-MoNEy SIT-N-GoS
STAGE 2 – Early on In The Play
STAGE 3 – Middle Stages (With Antes)19 22 26 32 37 41 47 53 58
Playing Real-Money Sngs
STAGE 4 – Approaching The Money
Key Poker Concepts
STAGE 5 – In The Money
How To Beat $1 SNGs
STAGE 6 – The Final Table PART FOUR PSyCHoLoGy
How To Beat The $5 SNGs
How To Beat $10 SNGs
104 107 111 114 116 119 120
CHAPTER 22Skill Versus Luck
How To Beat $20 SNGs
Tells And Reads
How To Beat The $30 SNGs
How To Beat $50 SNGs
How To Play Hold ’Em
$100 SNGs PART THREE MULTI-TABLE ToURNAMENTS (MTTS)
Pre-Flop Hand Rankings
Recommended Reading ; Glossary61 63
Position, Position, Position
Differences Between Live and online MTTs
About the author
Like many poker players Lee “Final Table” Nelson has an intimidating nickname. Unlike many poker players, his is well earned. Lee has over 50 final table appearances in major poker tournaments to his credit including winning the 2006 Aussie Millions tournament for$1.43 million. His books about No Limit Hold’em tournaments - Kill Phil and Kill Everyone - dramatically leveled the playing field by making the strategies of the professionals understandable by the average player.
I’m grateful to PokerStars.com for providing me with the opportunity to write this e-book. My thanks to Sarne Lightman for his vision for this project and hisassistance. As with every book I write, I’d like to thank my wife, Pen, for not only typing the manuscript, but also putting up with me during the process. My thanks to Tysen Streib, one of my co-authors of Kill Everyone, for his great help with the charts and mathematical modeling used in this book. I thank Dennis Waterman for his research on the history of hold ’em and for his review and suggestionsfor the manuscript. Thanks to my poker readers, the always helpful Matt Davidow and Peter Wong. And a special thanks to all the avid poker players around the globe who continue to make this great game so challenging and fun to play. To all of you, my deepest gratitude.
THE HISTORY OF POKER
It’s obvious that poker can’t be older than the cards used in the game, and decks of...