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Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games Paperback – October 16, 2015
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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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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.
His ability to take complex concepts and "dumb them down" so that anyone can understand them makes learning so much easier.
Even if you take just one or two things away from this book, then steal the blinds a couple of times, it's bought and paid for. However, you'll likely benefit so much more.
Thanks for boosting my game.