Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play

ISBN: 1880685337
ISBN 13: 9781880685334
By: Dan Harrington Bill Robertie

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This book is a couple of years ago and today you see all the playes Dan teaches in this book used in as low as 5 and 10 dollar tournaments online. Due that the book is out of date it's still a great read and absolutely a must read for a novice tournament player. Dan Harrington have with this book and his record at the tables proved to be one of the best tournament poker player on the planet.

Don Bernal

fantastic book on texas hold 'em; takes a beginner and amateur player to a higher level of playing; extremely focused on a tight, solid game; writing in clear and simple; the examples are a good introduction to thoughtful hand thinking; lacking on alternative - ie aggressive, loose - play, but that's not Harrington's forte


Everyone seems to think that Dan Harrington's books on tournament poker are the best-ever treatments of the subject, and volume one gave me no reason to disagree.


A great book to learn the game from beginner to experienced player. You can easily follow the examples he uses and apply immediately to improve your game. A must read for all poker players!!


I don't have real tournament experience, but I can't imagine entering one without having read this book. Covers essential concepts, easy to understand. Especially good for beginners because the overall conservative approach should keep you out of trouble, at least most of the time.


At the time, there were almost no books out on no limit hold 'em strategy. There were a million books on limit hold 'em. This one exposed me to a lot of ideas about NL that I actually applied in cash games, not just tournaments. His writing style is very easy to follow, and the quizzes are pretty thought-provoking.

Terry Pearce

Five stars for content, three stars for layout and ease of use. The problem pages could be much better laid out, in particular. It's an old book but not that old -- as a classic that people will buy because of the name, it could use a facelift. At the same time, you see why it earned that classic status. He knows what he's talking about.


Excellent foundation for a conservative strategic approach to Texas Hold'em, with many examples/exercises to keep it from getting boring.


I loved all of Harrington's books. They read like textbooks and they have problems for solving. I learned more from this series than from any other poker book. I reread them from time to time for a refresher. . . I should probably do that again.


A practial book for pokerplayers on all levels. I have read several from more famous players, but they talk too much about their too big ego, and not enough about poker and how to become better. Harrington take this part of the job very seriously. U will learn something.

Michelle Burkhart

Still the most straightforward presentation of basic tournament strategy. Solid advice while still being readable. Essential poker reading.


you'll laugh you'll cry you'll go all in a lot less you donkey.

Tim S.

HoH lays out a fairly basic strategy for playing NLHE tournaments that's easy to understand and will improve the performance of most amateur players. If you're already familiar with basic NLHE strategy you may be able to skip the first volume, which is mainly primer material, and move on the second, which contains more tournament specific strategies and concepts that are now absolutely vital to understanding the game and playing it well.


This is entirely changing my ideas about poker—in the best, most thought-provoking way—and I haven't even made it to Betting After the Flop yet!

Daniel Young

A great book for improving and understanding good poker play. Very specific to tournaments, but it definitely made me appreciate the game much more.

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