Shelves: gambling This book is different from all the other poker info books. This book actually follows every hand Gus Hansen went through on his way to winning a tournament. Not really going to tell you anything but maybe how to handle the hand he played. Good shit.
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The book is a good one, and I recommend it. The fact that he won this tournament while taking these notes allows us a unique perspective. Experienced poker players must frequently rely on their unconscious analysis of the math of a situation, and Gus seems refreshingly okay with admitting that this is often the case with him.
He also is not afraid to point out when he played a hand horribly. In a few hands, he runs through extensive logic that points to a play that is vastly superior, and then says that he made the opposite play.
I like him. Strategy As far as his strategy, I found myself agreeing with his actions to a surprising degree. I would read his description of the situation, and then think of what I would do, and then read his actions, and I was kind of pleasantly surprised to find much overlap in reasoning. The most important thing I probably took from the book was his aggressive use of the all-in. He describes quite a few times where he thought an all-in was a superior play in situations where I think most good players would have made a standard raise.
These were usually in spots against average or low stacks. While a lot of people are rightfully aggressive with short stacks, Gus gave some really good logical breakdowns of situations in which making a seemingly huge overbet of the pot can be correct, if there is a high likelihood that the player will not call and if the money in the pot is already significant.
There were a couple funny things in the book. Gus was talking about continuation bets as if they had just been invented. I mean, I was making continuation bets when I was playing nickel-dime-quarter when I was 15 years old. Considering that this book was written in I had to double-check the date , I found all of that strange.
Also, Gus made it sound like he was the only one who understood the idea that when there are antes in addition to the blinds, you should play looser and more aggressive. Gus all but admits that these were the two factors that he could thank for his win.
It was really surprising reading about how aggressive Gus was playing, and seeing how infrequently people would play back at him. There were so many times players just seemed to hand the pot to Gus, and so many times Gus raised pre-flop or bet on the flop and everyone folded. I watch for interactions between specific players.
To me, a poker game is an ever-changing ebb and flow of perceptions and personalities. That was kind of frustrating to me. Just nit-picking on an otherwise interesting and informative book. Share this:.
Every Hand Revealed
Review of “Every Hand Revealed”, by Gus Hansen