Postflop: The Edge You Need in No Limit Hold’em – Book Review

Published in April 2015, Postflop by Ben “Gamb64” Hayles is an excellent addition to the poker literature, as it provides detailed analysis of postflop decision making. Given the broadness of the topic it is no surprise that the author decided to break the book into two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2. It was a wise choice and makes it a little easier to take in the huge amount of information on offer.

Volume I starts off by introducing readers to the postflop universe. The author talks about 12 postflop dimensions, which is essentially a list of considerations to run through in your mind before making a decision on each street. The dimensions comprised in the book are:

  • Tournament Situation
  • Number of Opponents
  • Relative Position
  • SPR (stack to pot ratio)
  • Opponent Information
  • Preflop and Postflop Betting
  • Your hand strength
  • Your oppponents’ likely hand strength
  • Texture of flop
  • Odds and outs
  • Implied Odds
  • Bet sizing

The author also introduces 6 postflop decision scenario’s, which is an interesting concept. It is a way of looking at each hand and determining your actions based on whether you are in or out of position and whether you are the preflop aggressor or defender.

Once the scene is set, the book then delves into the many starting hand combinations and potential flop board textures.

The book covers everything, starting from AA through to bottom pair. There are plenty of hand examples as the author shows various situations from the 6 different postflop decision scenario’s mentioned above, and includes these in each chapter to reinforce the correct thought process when deciding what to do after the flop.

The hands are taken from sit n go and multi-table tournaments, but many of the concepts can be applied to cash games as well.

In summary, this is an excellent attempt to cover the very complex topic of postflop poker, which is a vital part of playing poker, as your postflop decisions can make or break you. After reading Postflop Vol 1 & 2: The Edge You Need In No Limit Hold’em Poker, the reader is likely to improve their postflop game. No other book covers postflop play for different types of hands as much as this book does.

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