Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games - Jonathan Little

Even before he won WPT's Player of the Year for Season Six, taking down the 2007 WPT Mirage Poker Showdown along the way, Jonathan Little was already an established as a great online player and instructor. Now having written over ten poker books, he is also a highly respected authority on the game and his teachings have helped many new players become profitable. Now in "Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games", Little has moved away from tournament play which he is famous for, instead focusing on the fishy low stakes No Limit Hold'em cash games found in casinos across the world.

Instead of presenting a set way to play, Little has always advocated adjusting your play according to the opponents you are playing against. "Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games" keeps with this theme and opens by categorizing the different types of players you are most likely to encounter.  The book then looks at common scenarios, both pre-flop and post-flop and explains the best strategy for dealing with different opponents. All types are covered whether they are loose, tight, passive, aggressive, good players or maniacs. The difference between heads up and multi-way play are later tackled in their own sections, along with other subjects such as tells, mindset and bankroll management.

This is not a book for novices, as you will need some poker experience to really get the most out of the different examples shown here. The reasoning behind the strategies are presented in a clear and concise manner, making it an easy and eye-opening read. However, some of the later sections are only covered very briefly, especially the part on mindset and tilt. That being said this is only a minor criticism, as the subjects are given more than just an honorary mention and the advice on offer is good and practical.

Despite normally playing higher stakes, Little claims to have made a significant profit while researching this book in the $1/$2 at the Borgata. This is very believable, not just because of the authors past poker accomplishments, but because he clearly describes different opponent’s tendencies and how best to exploit them. If you are a live small stakes cash player, or a tournament player looking to transition into these games, then “Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games" is one book you definitely want to check out!

Rating 4.5 out of 5