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The Poker Blueprint: Advanced Strategies for Crushing Micro & Small Stakes NL Kindle Edition

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Length: 260 pages

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"If you are currently a solid micro or small stakes tournament player considering moving up or loosening your style pull the trigger and buy The Poker Blueprint." -- Whamfish

"If you are unfamiliar hand ranges and betting accordingly this is a MUST read.
A great +EV combination!" -- Karri Konga

"Since reading i have become profitable in 10NL . even tho the book is for 100nl the strategies generally apply to smaller games as well (6 max)" -- Ruben Serrano

"After reading The Poker Blueprint in a day (yes, it is THAT interesting) and playing a while trying out some of the new moves I learned about, I have experienced an awakening of sorts. Really a change of mindset." -- Michael Worcester

"Like a good encyclopedia, the information is brief and clear. At 260 pages, a massive amount of material is covered. In terms of pure dollar value, it's got to be one of the best bargains around." -- Larrondo212

About the Author

Highly successful online poker professional Tri 'SlowHabit' Nguyen turned his loves of poker and education into a notable coaching career, drawing praise for his ability to explain complex poker concepts in simple, easy to understand terms. These skills transitioned well into writing and he soon found himself teamed up with fellow online star Cole South -- a collaboration that resulted in the high-level no limit Hold'em breakthrough, Let There be Range.

Nguyen is also the author of The No Limit Holdem Workbook: Exploiting Regulars. Additionally, Nguyen has written extensively on Omaha and his The Pot-Limit Omaha Book: Transitioning from NLHE to PLO is frequently prescribed to Hold'em players looking to crush small- and mid-stakes PLO. The sequel, Advanced PLO Play, is for PLO specialists looking to increase their edge against other PLO regulars. He also wrote How I Made My First Million from Poker, a book on how to be a successful professional poker player.

A graduate in computer science and education from UC-Berkeley, Nguyen is a regular strategy column contributor to Card Player magazine and a prolific blogger at          

Product Details

  • File Size: 1590 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DailyVariance Publishing, LLC (March 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T39T1K
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Tri Nguyen is the founder and managing partner of TMN Asset Management, LLC, a privately owned equity management firm that offers domestic and international value investing strategies to individual and institutional clients. He was a highly successful high-stakes poker player and the co-author of Let There Be Range and The Poker Blueprint.

Nguyen holds a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

You can connect with Tri at

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Larrondo212 on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have a bit of an unusual background for a Daily Variance customer: I bought The Poker Blueprint having never played a hand of online poker. I played quite a bit of small stakes live games, where I generally did quite well, but I'd heard that the online games were much tougher (they are!) and wanted to be well-armed with the best knowledge before I made the transition. I'd read nearly all the conventional poker books by 2+2 and other publishers, and knew that a good deal of the advice was calibrated for weaker 2003-style games. An extreme example-- Phil Gordon's assertion, in The Little Green Book, that a 4bet is 99% aces. Even really good books were generally written with advice designed to beat weaker opponents in more passive games.

The Poker Blueprint was exactly what I was looking for. It's long, covering a vast range of topics, and extremely dense. I have read it through and have begun to work my way through it a second time. I have found it extremely useful in two ways-- first, as an all-around primer, and secondly, as an encyclopedia in which I can look up particular topics of interest. I've gotten a subscription to a video training site, and when I see something in a video, say, a tricky spot on a paired flop, a second barrel on the turn, or a donk bet, I flip to the appropriate discussion in The Poker Blueprint to get more analysis on the topic. Like a good encyclopedia, The Poker Blueprint covers it's topics succinctly and clearly.

I'm by no means alone in my regard for this book-- the reviews on 2+2 were by-in-large glowing.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By WhamFish on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Small stakes tournament players,

If you are currently a solid micro or small stakes tournament player considering moving up or loosening your style pull the trigger and buy "The Poker Blueprint".

Although "The Poker Blueprint" was written for 6-max online cashgames, I bought it to help me with my early tournament game. Early in a tournament, when stacks are 150bb or more, play is much like a cash game. I reasoned that if I incorporated winning moves from micro and small stakes cashgames into my early tournament play I would increase my ROI and be more competitive as I moved up. Many successful small field MTT grinders, are playing as super nits during the first half of every tournament they play. I see stats like 9/7 or 11/6 all the time from winning players in these low stake games where ABC nit poker is profitable since there are so many fish willing to stack off with top pair no kicker. As somewhat of a nit myself 18/12, I saw the early tournament stages as a chance to increase my ROI. My plan was to learn a LAG cashgame style and implement it against regs and fish in these small field MTTs. Since reading "The Poker Blueprint" I've loosened up to 24/17, increased my ROI by 10% and moved up to higher stake tournaments.

Put simply, I was missing opportunities, you probably are too. Starting with preflop play The Poker Blueprint helped me see new profitable spots to open, but perhaps more importantly it help me implement a profitable 3-bet strategy. In an environment where opponents will only 4-bet with QQ+ this strategy is brutally effective and drastically improved my bottom line. Further, "The Poker Blueprint" gives an intuitive, but advanced, approach to post-flop play. There are many other sources on post flop play out there.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Reynolds on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book "the Poker Blueprint" earlier this year.
It has had a profound influence on my playing -- it's raised it to a new, higher level.
Most books today are written on a high school level, or at an abstract, theoretical approach. Your book is all solid, usable, college graduate information.
My relatively small investment has more than paid itself many, many times over.
I play online at poker stars in $50 SNG's and cash games in Atlantic City.
Some of the your books may be a little pricey for some, but others are more than reasonable. The only fault I found is that the proof reading could be a little tighter.
For anyone who wants to improve their game, these are a must buy!

J. J. Reynolds.

P. S. With so many young aggressive players out there, someone like me who turned 78 in September needs all the help I can get -- these fill the bill.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By H. Nguyen on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I received the Poker Blueprint as a Christmas present, I brushed it aside because I didn't recognize the authors' names. Anyone who is familiar with poker knows that bad advice is more detrimental to your game than no advice. This is why I rarely read poker books anymore.

However, my brother kept winning online and for the first time in my life, I was having a tough time dealing with the aggressive nature of online poker. I asked him for advice and he said, "I told you to read the Poker Blueprint."

I finally gave in and was blaming for myself for not giving in sooner. The content was amazing.

Usually, with most poker books, the authors give generic advices that aren't practical to the games you play in. They don't teach you how to think about poker and what variables you should consider when analyzing a hand. The Poker Blueprint is different.

The authors go step by step to teach you the nuances of online poker. Then they teach you how to play pre-flop, the flop, the turn, and the river. I didn't know there was so much analysis and psychology warfare involved in a poker hand. The post-flop section was mind blowing. This comes from someone who has read other popular series such as Harrington on Holdem and Kill Everyone.

I was so impressed with the book, I Googled for the author's background and holy s***, I didn't know Nguyen was the leading authority for online poker education and is a well-respected figure in the poker community. He has written many popular books for professional poker players and has won hundreds of thousands playing poker online. I felt embarrassed for my initial judgment.

Anyway, buy the book. You'll learn something. Thank me later.
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