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The Poker Tournament Formula II by Arnold Snyder

Release date: 08th July, 2008
Publisher: Cardoza Publishing

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There are plenty of well-known poker players that one might describe as 'controversial', but it's not an adjective you'd often use about poker writers. Arnold Snyder is, however, one notable exception.

His Poker Tournament Formula really put the cat among the pigeons by defying all of the conventional safe-and-steady advice one generally finds in strategy books, asserting that this kind of play was all very well in its place, but failed to address the dynamics of big-field tournaments with rapid blind escalation.

It was an approach that quickly embroiled him in some furious in-print and online arguments with such tight-is-right luminaries as David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth, but there's also no shortage of testimonials from people who have tried the system and found that it works to their satisfaction.

Far from avoiding controversy with this follow-up volume, Snyder gives a few cages a quick rattle by opening his introduction with the headline 'Most Of What You Know Is Wrong', and makes the case that, while there's some great advice in other poker books, the authors are "handicapped by being a bunch of poker players, or worse, mathematiciansÖ a tournament is not a poker game, and the mathematics of tournaments is not the mathematics of poker."

The sub-title of this book, 'Advanced Strategies For Big Money Tournaments', tells you just about all you need to know. Unlike the quick-and-cheap events covered by its predecessor, it's about the Snyder approach to pro-level tourneys (particularly live ones) with blind levels of at least 40 minutes, and the aggro it recommends can be quickly summed up in the quote: "You can throw the mathematics of poker out of the window. It's time to start thinking about the mathematics of fear."

If you found his earlier work useful, or at least thought-provoking, expect the same from this one; if you thought he was full of crap the first time, you probably won't change your mind - though the fact that this book received a ringing endorsement from Doyle Brunson might just give you pause for thought.


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