Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments

Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments

Lee Nelson

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1935396315

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Thanks to television, the Internet, and the incredible popularity of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, when Kill Phil was first published in 2006, tournament poker had become the richest sport in the world. The problem was that no-limit hold ’em was dominated by a handful of experienced and skilled professional players. Kill Phil turned the tables on the pros by introducing a strategy that allowed even an absolute novice to compete against the best players in the world.

The Kill Phil strategy remains highly effective when used in confrontations with even the world’s best players, but tournament play is evolving. This revised edition reflects the new trends in tournament poker by refining the use of the all-in move and providing adaptations that take into account the new style of hyper-aggressive play.

At its core, though, Kill Phil remains what it’s been from the start—the best method possible for entering the exciting and potentially lucrative poker-tournament arena.
Read Kill Phil and:

Learn an abbreviated system—the “Kill Phil Rookie”—that’s simple enough to be mastered within an hour and powerful enough to make you competitive in your first tournament.
Climb the Kill Phil ladder, learning more powerful strategies as you gain real-time experience.
Adjust your play for success in online tournaments, Sit-n-Go’s, and single-table satellites.

As a special bonus, this new edition contains the complete set of strategies formatted as they appear on the Kill Phil strategy cards—an added $14.95 value!

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losing a big pot are greatly diminished. His risks in giving a free card, or perhaps gaining the amount of a called bet on the turn, are overshadowed by the reduction in overall risk. New-school players have a different take on small ball. On his website, Barry Greenstein credits Phil Hellmuth with pioneering new-school tactics. Barry defines it as “a method of playing a lot of hands and making small bets and raises that keep opponents in the pot, the theory being that [he] will make better

Keep it simple, stupid. —KISS Method The primary beginner’s strategy, Kill Phil Basic, is powerful and relatively simple. But a reasonable amount of study and practice are necessary to become proficient in its application. What if you had to play a no-limit hold ’em tournament today? Say there’s a drawing for a free entry into a tournament and your name is pulled. You’re familiar with hold ’em, but you’ve never played in a tournament before. Can you compete? Probably not. At least not without

suggestions. For new players: Stick with the Rookie strategy as presented. This should still give you the best chance for success until you gain some experience and move on to the more advanced strategies. For intermediate and advanced players: The play of AA and KK was a major point of discussion when we developed the basic and advanced strategies. Our original idea was to give players a reasonable chance to garner some chips with those powerful and infrequent hands by raising less than

players over-call after an all-in bet and a call with pocket 3s! Ace-king is also more valuable online, as players often call a huge bet with hands such as AQ or worse. Adjustments must be made in the online strategy for suited connectors. We don’t rate them as highly online, since big bets with these hands pre-flop are more likely to get called. With these thoughts in mind, here’s our recommended basic strategy for online play. ONLINE BASIC STRATEGY Playing a Big or Huge Stack (chip

poker-tournament player in Australia/New Zealand since 2000. In January 2006, he won the main event at the Aussie Millions and its approximately US$1,000,000 first prize. Lee also won the 2005 Party Poker World Open and its $400,000 prize. He also won the pot-limit Omaha event at the 2009 Aussie Millions and was elected to the inaugural Australian Poker Hall of Fame. Lee is also the author of Let’s Play Poker and co-author of the highly acclaimed Kill Everyone. STEVEN HESTON is a professor of

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