Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments - Jonathan Little
Having started with a small deposit to play online Sit & Go's, Jonathan Little is now a highly respected poker professional. While he sprung to the TV audience's attention with his first major victory at the WPT Mirage Poker Showdown in 2007, helping him win Player Of The Year for Season VI, Little was already well known online as both a player and coach. In addition to his various online training programs, Little has written a number of books over the years, and is now regarded as one of the leading authorities on No Limit Texas Hold'em.
"Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments" starts off by dispelling other tournament poker books, most of which preach either a tight or loose approach. Little argues that you cannot enter a poker tournament with a preset strategy and expect it to take you to victory. Instead he advises you to figure out how your opponents are playing and while staying aggressive, adjust your game accordingly.
As you read through "Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments" you will first be introduced to the importance of observing your opponents, in order to spot their errors and classify their playing style. The book then progresses through different scenarios against passive and aggressive players, who play both too many and too few hands. As promised Little does not provide you with an exact template to play, although he does advise the best options in each situation.
You will definitely need to have played some poker in order to get the most from "Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments". It is not a book you can pick up and apply without having the experience to recognize the scenarios the author lays out. It is very effective however for those who are looking to grow their game past just looking at their own cards, their own stacks and their own position.
My only disappointment with "Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments" is its size. Originally published in eBook form, the entire book is only 82 pages long and has its focus mainly on combating different player types. It feels as if it should be a key section in a much larger publication. However, for those currently playing small stakes No Limit Hold'em tournaments, who are looking to improve their game this makes for a quick, informative and eye-opening read.
Rating 4.5 out of 5