The Poker Tournament Formula - Arnold Snyder

I remember being a little skeptical prior to first reading this book.  I’ll buy and read pretty much anything on poker, but a poker book written by a blackjack author?  I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised though.  It turns out Snyder is an accomplished tournament poker player under his real name, and this is in fact one of the most unique and educational tournament poker books out there.

Snyder’s approach is considered by many to be a bit on the radical side, but if this is true, we need and can benefit from more “radical” thinking.  It certainly isn’t your run of the mill book though by any means, which is one of the main reasons why it’s such a good read.

Snyder ends up disagreeing with a lot of the standard thinking here, and in particular, the appropriate level of aggression that you should have in the beginning and middle stages of multi table tournaments.  He advocates playing considerably more aggressive earlier on than is normally thought to be ideal, and also backs up his advice with some pretty good reasoning.  I wouldn’t agree with him entirely here, but he does make some good points.

The book does cover a lot of ground and the advice given is generally very good.  Most players consider Harrington’s books on this subject to be the bible of tournament play.  If that’s true, then Snyder’s work deserves to at least be the New Testament, and this book is well worth reading after you’ve worked your way through Harrington.

Rating:  4 out of 5