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Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games Paperback – October 16, 2015
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About the Author
http://www.JonathanLittlePoker.com Jonathan Little is a professional poker player who has won over $6,400,000 playing tournament poker over the last 10 years. He also plays high stake cash games on a regular basis. He owns and operates the poker training sites, PokerCoaching.com and FloatTheTurn.com. He posts a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on twitter @jonathanlittle.
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Being a dedicated reader of his books, I volunteered on proofreading a small part of his book and of course at the very first days that it was released, I bought it for my tablet. I read it front to back once and now I am going through the various parts of it that interest me the most.
My live games are EXACTLY the ones mentioned in this book (live 1/2 or 2/5) (that is why I was so interested in the first place) and I hoped for some valuable info for these stakes.
Well, Jonathan didn't fail us once again. Being, IMHO, the best poker tutor of our times, he managed to create another great book with precious info on these limits. The good about this book is that it is smaller in size that his others, but not small. So, for the ones that want to get some good info for the game but not to spend many days (or more) reading and studying, this is a great package. And being a smart poker player, Little adjusts his game to some "new" strategies, that are far from optimal in general (and he states so) but are EXACTLY what you need for these stakes! Because this is not High Stakes Poker, this is not tournament poker, this is cash/small stakes...
He focuses once again on our opponents and how sould we adjust our games to get the maximum value of our game against each one of them! And he suggests a preflop and postflop strategy, again not depending on the cards but on our opponents. The right way to think about the games... And he is full of advices, with his usual analytical style.
If you have read any of his previous books, you know what to expect, but focused on this particular games. If you are new, or if you search for a book on small stakes cash poker games, this is a great start!
The cost for it is less than a good reraise or call you might make on the small stakes live cash game tables, thanks to his advice, so I think you should see it as an investment that cannot be missed for your game.
Invest a few bucks, invest a little time to read and harvest the goods Jonathan delivers.
Pedagogically this book is not good. The chapters are not ordered particularly logically. There are few charts, images, or anything besides walls of text. Despite being super short (114 pages), this is one plodding read. Little goes from one concept and example to another like a meandering river. The book reads as if it were a dictation of random concepts Little picked up playing 1/2, followed by one or two cursory examples.
As for the content, much of it is useful and actually applies to live 1/2 games, but I really wish Little had put more effort into it. There is not nearly enough information on playing multiway pots, which is a huge flaw given live 1/2 games tend to be limpfests. Reasons for bet-sizing certain amounts feel arbitrary. Little suggests opening to $6 because that's what good players do, and you should model yourself after good players. This seemingly ignores the fact that people rarely fold to $6 bets. Where I play, I need to bet $15-$20 to get the action down to 2-3 players.
Don't expect to buy this book and be able to suddenly beat 1/2 games. A much better book for beating 1/2 is "The Course" by Ed Miller. It shares some of the same problems (mostly not focusing enough on multiway pots), but to a lesser degree, and Ed Miller is a far better writer and teacher than Little.
I do think this book is worth buying as it's relatively cheap and one of the only books on 1/2 out there, but it is far from Little's best work. And this shouldn't be your first poker book. Many crucial concepts are not explained. I'd recommend Alton Hardin's "Essential Poker Math" as a primer. That book, followed by "The Course" and/or "Strategies..." should be enough to get you started.
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