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Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em: Strategies to Consistently Beat Small Stakes Tournaments and Cash Games Paperback – August 1, 2017
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Jonathan Little is a professional poker player who has cashed for over $6,400,000 playing tournament poker over the last 10 years. He also plays high stake cash games on a regular basis. He is the author of 11 best-selling poker books and he owns and operates the poker training site, PokerCoaching.com. He also runs JonathanLittlePoker.com.
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This book adds to that with some of the best range analysis discussions I've come across in a long time. It takes from game theory and distills it to a level that an advanced beginner or intermediate player would understand, and then recommends adjustments for different player profiles and stack sizes. I would not recommend it for a completely new player, but for someone who's played a few months online or live and can understand what range analysis is actually describing, this book is indispensable. I've found it greatly improving my play, adjusting my value and bluffing frequencies and ranges and thereby increasing my overall profitability. For those poker players who become fixated on perfect pre-flop play, this and previous works by Little force them to connect pre-flop play to post-flop (it certainly has me) and understand why adjustments pre-flop against raising ranges and player profiles allow flexibility in one's ability to play post-flop, which is where many beginners and general amateurs struggle.
I recommend taking this book a couple chapters at a time, applying lessons at the table and then re-reading the chapter until the principles are understood.
I have to admit I am not the best player in the world, but I have been playing for fun for almost 12 years, with some moderate online cashes, and have written my own poker book.
I can tell that Little has really stepped up his writing since his last works, and this is probably his best work yet.
The diagrams are also more clear and larger than the Grinder's Manual, which players are saying is the best cash game book ever written.
I like this book better, it's more for my level (intermediate, low stakes) cash games and tournaments and its a lot of material to tackle and apply. Applying is different from knowing and knowing is only the first stepping stone.
Little also points out that this knowledge takes years to successfully apply to your game and succeed in real life, in brick-and-mortar or online games. I completely agree and want to ascend to the next level as well.
Any poker player would find it extremely profitable to own this book.
What I can say thus far is this: it is very well written, has a clear outline and intention and is thick with thoughtful information. I cannot imagine how, if taken seriously, this book would not improve someone's game.
I do caution, this is not for leisure reading! It is truly a text book to further one's education and expand one's mind to different avenues of thinking about the game of poker. I would also recommend that you already have quite a bit of poker experience under your belt before tackling this book, Jonathan goes out of his way to briefly explain very basic elements of the game but a true beginner would definitely have a difficult time comprehending this book. I would say it's a solid purchase for players like me: mostly break-even with more time to study than actually grind. I do believe that this book will help my mindset and analytical skills for the time I do have to play.
I plan on an update of this review after I've gotten through the book and can measure results adequately.