I got a couple of emails this morning asking me when Professional No Limit Hold’em: Volume II was coming out, and I realized that I hadn’t given you guys an update in a while, so here we go.
Progress is very good, and I’m really excited with how the book is turning out. We’re writing furiously, and at the pace we’re going I think we’ll have a first draft basically completed in 12-15 weeks. Allowing a few months for editing and printing, the book should be ready sometime in the second half of this year. I’ve been on the “one book per year” schedule since Small Stakes Hold’em came out in 2004, and I expect to finish 2008 with an unblemished 5-for-5 record.
This book is very different from Volume I; it’s more of a complementing book than a sequel. It takes a practical, example-driven approach, and it covers many topics thoroughly that were touched on only briefly in PNL1. Topics we’ve already written in depth about include:
- Hand reading (I’d say most of the book is about hand reading to some extent or another)
- Preflop 3-betting and 4-betting strategies (and responding to 3-bets)
- Continuation betting and when to fire two and three barrels
- Value betting, particularly on the river
- Balancing pot control against protecting your hand
- Choosing the right spots to run more sophisticated bluffs
- Adjusting to various player types
As I said, the book is example-driven, which means that the bulk of the text will consist of hand examples designed to teach the various concepts. The examples come from live and online play, full ring and 6-max. Sunny and I have been playing a lot of online 6-max lately, so rest assured that the book will contain a lot of stuff that will be immediately useful in those games. Most of the examples involve playing stacks around 100BB, but there are some deeper and shallower stack examples as well.
PNL2 doesn’t rehash the theoretical topics presented in PNL1 or some of the other poker texts. This stuff is all hands-on, practical, and fresh.
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