Phil Gordon's Little green book Lessons and teachings in no limit Texas hold'em

Phil Gordon, 1970-

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New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment c2005.
Main Author
Phil Gordon, 1970- (-)
1st ed
Physical Description
286 p. : ill
Includes bibliographical references (p. 278-283).
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Poker Truths
  • Decisions, Decisions
  • Consequences
  • Getting It In with the Best Hand
  • The Fundamental Theorem
  • It's My Turn to Bet....Think!
  • I Don't Have to Be the Greatest
  • Common Mistakes
  • Observing My Opponents
  • Value of Aggression
  • Position, Position, Position
  • Money Flows Clockwise
  • Blinds Have a Negative Expectation
  • Have a Reason to Bet
  • Changing Gears
  • Learn from Better Players
  • Big Hand Big Pot, Small Hand Small Pot
  • Before the Flop
  • Study, Then Look
  • When First in the Pot, Raise
  • Limping
  • Raise the Right Amount
  • Calling Limpers
  • In Position, Smooth-Call a Raiser
  • Playing from the Small Blind
  • Raising from the Big Blind
  • Raise the Limpers
  • The Chip-Sandwich Play
  • Steal from the Cutoff
  • Preflop Domination
  • Playing Great Hands When They Raise
  • All-in Before the Flop
  • The Fourth Raise Means Aces
  • Know When a Player Is Pot Committed
  • Re-raise to Isolate
  • Pocket Pairs in Multiway Pots
  • After the Flop
  • First to the Pot Wins
  • Heads-Up Postflop
  • Against Multiple Opponents
  • Betting to Slow Down an Opponent
  • Double Gut-Shot Straight Draws
  • Hands to Bring to War
  • Board Texture
  • Bet Good Hands
  • After Flopping Two Pair
  • After Flopping a Set
  • After Flopping Trips
  • After Flopping a Straight
  • After Flopping a Flush
  • After Flopping a Full House
  • After Flopping Four of a Kind
  • After Flopping a Draw
  • When I Bet and a Good Player Calls
  • After the Turn
  • When I Improve My Hand
  • When a Scare Card Hits
  • Calling with a Draw
  • Semibluffing
  • Taking Down the Pot
  • After the River
  • Getting Paid with the Nuts
  • Betting Medium-Strength Hands
  • Bet or Check-Raise
  • Tells
  • Caro's Great Law of Tells
  • Beware of the Speech
  • Varied Bet Sizes
  • The Out-of-Turn Bet
  • Big Chips, Small Chips
  • Chip Stacks
  • When They're Busy, They're Tight
  • Suit Check
  • Quick Bet, Slow Bet
  • Changes in Demeanor
  • Leaners and Slouchers
  • Shaky Hands
  • When They Look at Their Chips
  • When They Look at My Chips
  • The Quick Call
  • The Slow Call
  • When They Reach for Their Chips
  • Toss vs. Slide
  • Reverse Tells
  • Tournament Strategies
  • Staying Alive
  • Build a Tight Image Early
  • When the Pot Is Big
  • Take a Time-Out After Significant Changes
  • Know Their Stack Size
  • Get the Right Time
  • Target the Average Stacks
  • Play Small Pocket Pairs
  • Don't Go Broke with One Pair
  • Sample Tournament Payout Structure
  • Playing to Win Tournaments
  • Money Means Something
  • Making a Deal
  • Steal the Blinds!
  • When Stealing the Blinds Doesn't Work
  • Steal or Re-raise?
  • Keep the Average Stack Size in Mind
  • Be Comfortable at Thirty Big Bets
  • Playing the Big Stack
  • When the Antes Start
  • Short Stacks
  • Super Short Stack Strategy
  • Wait for the Blinds to Increase
  • Rebuys and Add-Ons
  • Bubbles
  • Last Hand Before a Break
  • Implicit Collusion Late in a Tournament
  • Sobering Math and Bad Beats
  • Some Percentages and Math
  • The Rules of Four and Two
  • A-K, A-A, K-K
  • The Value of Suitedness
  • Preflop Matchups
  • Slight Dog, Big Favorite
  • Interesting, Unexpected Matchups
  • Pot Odds and Implied Odds
  • Psychology
  • Big Laydowns
  • Bury Them
  • After a Bad Beat
  • Superstitions
  • Rushes
  • Watch for Betting Patterns
  • Beating Tight and Passive Players
  • Beating Loose Players
  • Beating Calling Stations
  • Beating Overly Aggressive Opponents
  • When to Change Gears
  • Seat Selection
  • Forming a Game Plan
  • Showing My Cards
  • Tilt
  • Implied Tilt Odds
  • Game Selection
  • Timing of Bets
  • Bluffing
  • Making the Big Bluff
  • Miscellaneous
  • Stakes and Bankroll
  • Session Length
  • Stop-Loss or Win Goals
  • Advance Scouting
  • Chopping the Blinds
  • Don't Tap on the Aquarium
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Sick Gamblers
  • Sunglasses at the Table
  • Staking and Getting Staked
  • Aggression Is the Great Equalizer
  • Tournament Structures
  • Online Poker
  • Player Profiles
  • Gus Hansen
  • Dan Harrington
  • Phil Hellmuth Jr.
  • Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
  • Howard Lederer
  • John Juanda
  • "Biggest Online Winner"
  • Rules of No Limit Hold'em
  • The Basics
  • Rules of Etiquette
  • Tournament Rules and Procedures
  • Charts and Tables
  • Starting Hands
  • Outs
  • Preflop Chances
  • Hand Rankings
  • WSOP Tournament Structure
  • Sit & Go Tournament Structure
  • Further Study
  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • Web sites
  • Shameless Plugs
  • Afterword

Introduction No Limit Hold'em is a very tough game. That's the bad news. But here is some good news: You can learn. How do I know you can learn? Because I was not always a winning player, and I learned. If I can go from "dead money" to World Poker Tour champion, there is no doubt that others can as well. The greatest poker players in the world share five qualities: They are invariably aggressive. Aggressive poker is winning poker. They apply pressure to their opponents with bets and raises. They are patient. They wait for situations at the table that are profitable. They are courageous. They don't need the stone-cold nuts to bet, call, or raise. They are observant. They watch their opponents during every hand. They are always working on their game and want to be even better players. They talk about the game with other players. They practice. They read poker books. They analyze their play and work to plug "leaks" that have developed. These five qualities are all that are necessary to be a great, winning player. The first four qualities you can learn and develop. You already have the fifth quality -- you bought this book so you're working on your game. There are many ways to win at this game. I intend in this book to write exactly how I play. You may disagree with many of the plays that I recommend here. Good. I want you to approach this book not as a definitive guide for how to play, but as a catalyst for thinking about the game. In short, the following pages are, to the best of my ability, how I play No Limit Texas Hold'em. I'm not the best player in the world. But I'm a winning player, and I win playing exactly the style that is described here. Throughout my poker education I have read nearly every book on poker ever written. I owe a great deal to the poker authors that have come before me. Sklansky. Brunson. Cloutier. McEvoy. Malmuth. Cooke. Harrington. Caro. Without their work I wouldn't be the player that I am today. Most of the things I know about the game I owe to these authors. Harvey Penick, arguably the greatest golf teacher that ever lived, wrote a great book, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. In that book he recorded his thoughts and musings on the game of golf. Not once in his book did he profess to know the only way to play. I drew inspiration from Mr. Penick's book and his straightforward approach to teaching a very difficult game. Take your time with this book. No matter how thoroughly you digest the contents, you'll need to play thousands of hands against all kinds of competition before things will really "click" for you. Take your time. Your bankroll will not be built overnight. Grow it slowly. There will be setbacks. There will be bad beats. But, there will be endless amounts of joy as your game improves. Copyright © 2005 by Phil Gordon Excerpted from Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em by Phil Gordon All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.