Monday, October 07, 2013


I've been reading Card Player magazine for the last 10 years and have yet to encounter a strategy article that I could not easily understand. That is until the latest issue (October 2, 2013) containing Reid Young's "How to beat those pesky loose reraisers (or how to be so pesky!)".

Reid Young is a poker coach and author of "The Blue Book : An Advanced Strategy Guide for No-Limit Hold'em Cash Games", an e-book that was initially priced at $2,500 when it came out in 2010. He also posts on 2+2 as shootaa.

Card Player is available for free in card rooms and the target audience of the articles in the magazine generally reflect this. Some writers will have a series of pieces in consecutive issues, each building on the previous one. However, this is Young's first article on the subject. To be fair, he does state :

"A comprehensive look into all of these topics would take scores of articles,..." 

However, we are then bombarded with the likes of :

"At a particular, though opponent dependent, inflection point on a value curve, the ability to charge an opponent  for drawing to a big hand is diminished by an increasingly large preflop stack size, as long as reraise size is held relatively constant."


"The need for an equity based range in certain cases makes clear that with different stack sizes, the polarity of the reraising range varies."

There is no doubt that Reid Young has a lot to offer. However, until he descends from Olympus, Card Player is not the appropriate forum for his material.


JT88Keys said...

I read those excerpts from the article in the voice of Professor Frink from The Simpsons.

angerisagift said...

yeah, i am thinking the same things when i am at the poker table. LMAO.sounds like MONEyBALL on PEDs.

Memphis MOJO said...

Actually, I don't blame Young (first article). Young's editor is supposed to handle cases like this -- send it back, explain what is wrong, give his a chance to fix it, etc.

Mr Subliminal said...

MOJO, this is not Young's first article in Card Player. He has already written "Five Reasons Not To Practice Game Selection" (August 10, 2013) which was very understandable.

lightning36 said...

I am still trying to figure out which mountain range the polar bear can be found ... unless I am missing something here.

angerisagift said...

is it me or ppl making poker into more than it is? it is a great game .it just seems the trekkie, DD crowd,and billy beane of the world r taking over the game. give me a poker game with secondhand smoke,pabst blue ribbon in a can,and off color telling joke poker players vs this smartwater drinking,hoodie wearing, vegan eating crowd any day

nailedontheriver said...

yeah does seem a bit heavy on the theory. I think it can all be summarised with the phrase "punish the limpers?"