|Title||Championship Hold'em Tournament Hands|
|Author||Tom McEvoy and T.J. Cloutier|
|Year||2003 (2005 edition)|
|Skill Level||Beginner (strategy)/Any (hand recaps)|
|Pros||Solid, basic advice on playing Limit and No-Limit Hold 'Em. Excellent collection of important WSOP Main Event hands.|
|Cons||Over half of the book is on Limit Hold 'Em, and all of the advice is a bit tight for modern play.|
|Rating||3.0 (2.5 for the strategy and 4.0 for the hands)|
|19||Limit Hold'em Hands|
|139||Playing the Blinds|
|144||Playing Against Super-Aggressors|
|151||No-Limit Hold'em Hands|
|231||Middle Suited Connectors|
|236||The "7-2" Factor|
|239||Building Your Stack|
|245||Key Concepts Learned at the World Series of Poker|
|249||WSOP Concepts From 1978|
|254||WSOP Concepts From 1979|
|260||WSOP Concepts From 1981|
|267||WSOP Concepts From 1982|
|269||WSOP Concepts From 1983|
|272||WSOP Concepts From 1984|
|274||WSOP Concepts From 1985|
|277||WSOP Concepts From 1987|
|280||WSOP Concepts From 1988|
|282||WSOP Concepts From 1990|
|285||WSOP Concepts From 1991|
|290||WSOP Concepts From 1992|
|298||WSOP Concepts From 1993|
|300||WSOP Concepts From 1994|
|305||WSOP Concepts From 1995|
|309||WSOP Concepts From 1997|
|318||WSOP Concepts From 1998|
|324||WSOP Concepts From 2000|
|330||WSOP Concepts From 2001|
|335||WSOP Concepts From 2002|
|347||Tournament Poker Terms|
Note: actual Table of Contents go one level deeper.
McEvoy wants you to play supertight, especially in early position. Players he described as "Super Aggressors" then would be considered about average now.For No-Limit Hold 'Em, McEvoy dedicates a short section to each of the top nine hands (Aces through Tens, Ace-King to Ace-Jack, and King-Queen)1
McEvoy discounts the value of suitedness greatly, saying on page 21, "...we want you to understand that the ranks of the cards are more important than whether they are suited." Modern players probably value suited Aces and Kings much more highly than he did.
Ace-Wheel means an Ace with a Deuce, Trey, Four, or Five.
The advice is very heavy on preflop hand selection and very light on everything after that. The implication is that if you pick the right hands to play, good results will follow. More about postflop play would have been useful.
The second part of the book covers 44 key hands from the WSOP Main Event plus one from the 2002 Four Queens Classic.3
Actually, although 45 hands are featured, several others are mentioned bringing the total over fifty.
Note: McEvoy and Cloutier also released Championship 107 Hold'Em Tournament Hands in 2003 with much of the same material but organized differently (Limit Hold 'Em starting hands, WSOP Main Event final table hands by number of players remaining, and No-Limit Hold 'Em starting hands). It has more hands if you're primarily interested in the WSOP history but also contains many more errors and appears to be the earlier book.