The Final Tables Workbook

There are 2 weeks to go until the release of The Final Tables Workbook and I thought I'd tell you the story of how this all happened...

I got a tweet a few months ago from James "Splitsuit" Sweeney, co-founder of Red Chip Poker, author and prolfic poker content creator (type splitsuit into youtube and cancel the plans for the rest of your day). He wanted me to write a book with him. 

James had a very clear vision from the very start what he wanted and I was immediately impressed with how he operates. I knew pretty much straight away that this was a project that captured my imagination and that I could deliver what James wanted.

Essentially, this is his third Hand Reading Workbook. His first two are for live players and 6-max cash, so it was only logical that he came to a tournament specialist for help writing this one. If you're interested in his first two workbooks, you can check them out here:  

So, I set about composing 40 Workbook questions for range analysis. The hands usually progress to at least the turn card, but there are a few short-stacked situations where preflop all-ins are analysed in depth. Every hand is from a final table situation and the book is divided into 3 sections:

Section 1: Hands 1-10 which focus on your range

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So in this section, there are questions which probe you to think about what your range is for each situation. You have to define the boundaries, but there are always leading questions to guide you in the right direction. 

Section 2: Hands 11-30 which focus on the villain's range

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In this section, your hole cards are displayed, but the villain's are not. You have to consider what range of hands the villain would be choosing for each situation. Often you are given information as to the playing style of the villian to help you. You have to remember to assign a range based on what you think he/she would do, not what you would do. 

Section3: Hands 31-40 which focus on range vs range analysis

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Finally, the most challenging part of the workbook asks you to assign ranges for both players, enabling you to see which player has the "range advantage" at each stage of the hand. This can be very revealing and can help you to see leaks in both your own game and in others'. 

By the end of June, the hands were written and James set to work putting the book together, which happened fast, even with WSOP distractions! He's a super-efficient guy.

In August, I spent time producing 8 x 30 minute video answers to some of the questions in the workbook, which can be purchased as part of the "Titan package" (more details to follow soon). I use HRC (Holdem Resources Calculator) and Flopzilla in the videos. Pokercruncher is also a good choice for Mac users.

Now, we're 2 weeks from release of the book (Sep 5th) and I'm thinking about that part of the process which comes least naturally to me: sales and marketing. The book will be available to purchase here at postfloppoker and also through Splitsuit's website here:

Want to have a look at it? Ok here's the cover:

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