Recommended Reading: Every Hand Revealed
Hi guys, I haven't posted in a while, and really put poker on the back burner for a while as cash games really dried up in Los Angeles, and various life events put me in a position where I was too busy to commit myself to the game.
Well, I am trying to transition away from cash games and into tournaments (I would love to play a few WSOP
events this year, bankroll permitting), so I've been really focusing on the tournament scene. I knew I wanted to do some reading, and pulled out the $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card Mom sent me while I was deployed to Iraq.
I ordered 3 poker books
and a fiction (Ready Player One, love it so far).
Every Hand Revealed covered Gus Hansen's journey to win the Aussie Millions (tbh I don't even know what year he won it.) After each hand he played, he would step away from the table, speak some notes into his voice recorder, and return to the game.
The result is a chronological hand-by-hand analysis that outlines in detail his course from start of the tournament until he was tournament champion.
Gus played somewhat more aggressively than I would have liked, and got pretty lucky at a few key points in the tournament, but having read the book twice, I can say my outlook on tournaments has transformed significantly.
After reading, I loaded up $25 onto Carbon to fire into MTTs last Friday, and made three final tables that night! I cashed a couple the next night, and won one the next.
The main focus I took away from Gus' book was that he aggressively went after blinds and antes - opening early and often when his stack and position would allow it.
I may have mentioned in the post earlier that he got lucky - HE DID!
Often people would just surrender blinds and antes to him several times in an orbit. He called an all-in behind with Ace high and chopped a pot. Few draws connected against him for lots of chips, and in general much of his aggression worked.
Now, the Aussie Millions is a rather deepstacked event and he managed to recover from his early blunders quite wonderfully to take it down, and while I don't raise EVERY POT since reading the book, I do raise pots in position and am more effective at gaining and utilizing a chipstack at various stages of the tournament.
I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to up their MTT game, whether live or online. Since my deposit a week ago, I've grinded my account balance to over $900, and with the WSOP Circuit coming to town and a home game MTT, I hope to transfer some of his lessons to the felt and I develop a resurgence into poker.
I really can't recommend this book enough. Read it.