Jonathan Little has come out with a great book with great reviews on the poker world today. In the beginning of online poker, the games were easy to win. That period is over now with skilled players and lots of coaches and consortiums tips and strategies. The new online poker game is more competitive than ever. Yet, you can still do well. With this book, Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments, from Jonathan Little, you will cover tips and tricks to improve your game.
Even if you are allready successful playing poker, you can still benefit from this book. I’ve found going to any learning situation, I always come out with some tidbit of information that I’ve overlooked and increases the success of my game.
Poker is like having your own business. Many people dream of it but only a few are skilled at it to make a living from it. Many players find it hard to cash even in the smallest of tournaments. There is a method to the madness and this book will give you enough strategy to kick ass on the tables. Jonathan Little is a two time World Poker Tour Champion.
About this book:
Most players dream of winning the big championship poker tournaments. But like having a business few make any money and most are losing money. Poker is a skill and the trick is to exploit every advantage. Sometimes is gut instinct, sometimes a pair of Aces, sometimes it’s late position. All these factors and more make poker a sport you really can’t predict in spite of all the books and theories out there. If it was regimented everyone would be as rich as can be.
There is a method to the madness though and sometimes there are clues to play and become a better poker player. Each game is different, each hand is different and you must adjust each time. Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments will explain how. In this guide, two-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little writes about strategies he uses that will allow you to overrule your opponents, giving you the opportunity to progress to the middle and high stakes. If you want to learn these strategies that will instantly improve your poker game, click the link and get this book.
Back to the subject: the reason this book does not get 5-stars from me is because it is over-simplified in content and has not covered enough scope to achieve its goal: ‘beating Small Stakes Poker’. It focused on describing various player types and how to beat them, categorizing them into ‘playing too many/too few hands’ and cross-referencing them with ‘playing too passively/too aggressively’. This is more or less the same classification of player types into Loose-Passive, LAG, Tight-Passive and TAG, as appeared in many poker concept publications. Nothing new here.There is a very short section on ‘Players who play intelligently’ in this book. Believe me, there is a much better, more detailed and actually brilliant description of this particular player type in his ‘Live No-limit Cash Games’ you don’t want to miss. In fact, I found the ‘cash games’ book has a more detailed study of player types than the subject. But I must say the presentation in this book may be more suited for beginners to the game.
Even for small stakes poker and beginners to the game, I still think that studying how to beat players according to their player tendencies mostly is too simplistic. It should cover some more aspects that are as important to winning, such as awareness and varying the plays with effective stack sizes, how to use having the initiative and position etc.
But you will find all these and much, much more in the two books I mentioned above.