Harrington on Hold'em Vol. 1 discussion: Part 5 + recap
I trailed off with this review/book analysis a while back, and since I'm rereading it right now I thought I'd finish it off and move on to volume 2 when I'm done. This is the biggest section of the book which is probably why I trailed off here.
I'm basically doing a review to keep the ideas and points throughout the book fresh in our memory. Some of this may be very basic and obvious, but it's helpful nonetheless.
I of course encourage as much participation as possible; for those who have already read the book, reread it! For those who haven't yet, you're missing out big-time.
Part 1, The game of hold'em
Part 2, Playing styles and starting requirements (http://www.cardschat.com/f13/harrington-holdem-vol-1-discussion-part-2-a-70322/)
Part 3, Reading the table (http://www.cardschat.com/f13/harrington-holdem-vol-1-discussion-part-3-a-70645/)
Part 4, Pot odds (http://www.cardschat.com/f13/harrington-holdem-vol-1-discussion-part-4-a-70943/) and hand analysis
and Part 5...
Betting Before The Flop
Why is preflop play so different from postflop play?
What is the reasoning behind each of the three playing style's preflop hand selection?
What are the basic circumstances the author has layed out to which all his 'basic strategy' applies?
Why has he chosen these specific circumstances?
Do these strategies apply to the considerably smaller stakes most of us play?
Why would having a chart with a set of specific hands to play from each position that you could use every hand not be enough? What other criteria do we need to factor in choosing which hands to raise, call and fold with preflop?
What are the five most common situations the author lays out in terms of preflop play?
How should we adjust our hand selection for each and why?
Why is it suggested to raise (albeit occasionally) with suited connectors in early position?
Describe the Gap Concept and the Sandwich Effect. How could you use these concepts to your advantage in a game? When does the Gap Concept actually apply to your game?
What is the reasoning behind varying your bet sizes preflop, as suggested by the author?
What adjustments can (or should) we make on this strategy based on the average table we are faced with? How about vs. specific player types?
Responding To A Raise Behind You:
The author mentions that your decision in a hand should be based on you weighing out the different issues you have to deal with, and most of the time, they will point you in generally the same direction. What are these 7 issues and how do they affect our decision?
Limping Into Pots:
What are the pros and cons regarding limping into pots preflop with a wide range of hands?
When is it a good idea to limp preflop?
When is it not
a good idea to limp preflop?
The Squeeze Play: Exploiting The Sandwich Effect:
How/why does this play work?
All In Before The Flop:
Why is it that open pushing QQ, for example, is a bad play given the circumstances in the author's example?
How would this change at the average small-stakes table?
Do you think it would become profitable enough long-term to make this play a significant tool in your arsenal?
whew...big section :/
NOTE: Please do not quote the book. This thread is to help broaden the understanding of the book, not rip off the copyright of it. Feel free to discuss, but try doing so without infringing on Dan Harrington's, Bill Robertie's or 2+2 publishing's intellectual property rights. Thank you.