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Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Vol. 2: Stages of the Tournament (Volume 2) Paperback – April 17, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Jonathan Little is a highly successful poker professional who has won over $4 million in tournament play. His first book “Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1” dealt with the fundamentals of play. In this second book he builds on this base by examining the highly complex issue of how to handle the different stages of a tournament.
As well as outlining a technically accurate style of play, Jonathan also discusses a number of other topics that are crucial to success at poker. These include:
How to spot tells (and avoid giving them)
Practical tips for tournament play
Managing life as a professional poker player throws up a number of issues in itself and Jonathan calls upon his many years as a pro to address these. They include:
Developing your poker skills
Mental & physical approaches required for successful play.
As well as being one of the world’s best players, Jonathan has been a highly respected coach for many years. In the final section of the book he draws on his experience here to answer the most common FAQ’s asked by students and also offers an in-depth analysis of 30 hands from tournament play which outline many of the concepts discussed in the book.
In his professional career he has won the WPT twice. In 2010 he cashed 5 times in the WSOP, including a third place finish.
About the Author
Jonathan Little is a professional poker player from Pensacola. He started playing poker when he was 18 years old and quickly became one of the biggest winners in sit n go tournaments online. When he turned 21, he decided to test his skills in the live poker circuit. Despite a bad first year playing live poker, he rebounded to final table 4 World Poker Tour events, including 2 wins, over the next 3 years, earning him the World Poker Tour Season 6 Player of the Year award. He has cashed for over $4,000,000 in the four years he has played live poker tournaments.
Jonathan currently lives in Las Vegas Nevada when he is not traveling around the world playing the highest stake tournaments. He owns www.FloatTheTurn.,com, a poker training site where he teaches how to become a winning online poker player. He also offers one on one coaching through www.JonathanLittleSecrets.com. He has even taught November 9er, Steve Begleiter in preparation for his WSOP main event final table. He is also a member of Team Victory Poker, which is where he can be found playing online.
Top Customer Reviews
Having said that, this book is different. Vol 2 is a case study in how to be a poker player. If Vol 1 was a Bachelors Degree, the only description available for Vol 2 is Masters Degree.
Moving beyond the math of poker, Vol 2 concentrates on specific personality traits, habits, and mindsets that are required to be a poker player. Knowing what the odds are in a particular hand is important, and Vol 1 covers that perfectly. Vol 2 then goes the next step and teaches why everything else associated with the hand is important. Then it discusses healthy living and why that is important. There's even pages devoted to why you shouldn't be playing poker at any given time. Very few poker writers have ever discussed in such detail why it is just as important to take your wife to dinner as it is to play poker, even if poker is your only way of earning income.
I cannot possibly recommend both Vol 1 and Vol 2 enough.Read more ›
Also of note was his exceptionally controlled, yet cool, demeanor. While some people who play "blank" seem robotic, Jon has a very human, but completely indifferent presence at the table. He seems unfazed by anything - on table or off. He also avoids all conversation. I remember trying to engage in conversation with him a few times (I'm chatty, and he was sitting right across from me in seat 1, while I was in seat 4), and he offered very succinct, yet polite responses. He gave the distinct impression that he was there to work - not to make friends, make enemies, or engage in small-talk in any way. The only conversations he initiated were with the dealer, about the hand in play (if he was in it). To bolster that observation, when Jon first joined the table, Erick Lindgren was sitting at the other end in seat 8. Jon never exchanged a single word even with Erick - just gave a polite nod in his direction and took his seat to begin playing. He's all-work at the table.
So it would seem he plays verbatim by the rule he's outlined in this book series. I'm convinced he isn't holding anything back in his advice (not much, anyway) .
After I learned Jon was an author, I decided to buy all his books. I'm glad I did!
This is, in my opinion, the best follow-up poker book of all time.Read more ›
It's a complicated game, and Jonathan Little's 3-Volumn elaboration on the matter will, depending on the reader, clarify considerably.
But don't just read it once and put it on the shelf. Study it (do your homework), practice and apply at the table, and your game will improve.
I liked very much because the 2nd book was quite easy compared to the first one.
I have summarized both books into a notebook. While the first teachs purely strategy and technical concepts, beeing really hard to absorve, the second book teachs a kind of behaviour of professional poker players that is very easy to assimilating
The book is very good! but sorry for my poor English.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cant recommend this book sorry.
Its like a guide how to behave like a person for rednecks or something no actual poker advice just a lot of common sense
the first one... Read more
Very good continuation of the first book. Greatly expands on the content in the first book. I especially liked the detailed discussions of various poker hands.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Will apply what was taught in this book to my poker game. Always been a big Jonathan Little fan. Can't wait to apply these methods.Published 19 months ago by Michael Smith
Product arrived in timely manner in good shape. Works great I love it! Will order from buyer again! Thanks!Published 21 months ago by Alivia Dockery
Informative and very clearly written by Mr. Little. I am in the middle of volume 2 and my poker has improved dramatically! Excellent tool to increase your poker acumen!Published on March 10, 2014 by William Root