|Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Volume 2
We know Jonathan
from volume 1 which was a great excercise in analysis and was an original
approach to understanding tournament poker. This volume 2 moves on from the
nuts and bolts of poker tournaments and teaches us why everything else
associated with each hand is important.
The first couple of chapters of
Volume 2 finishes off Little's tournament theory and then move on to what this
book is really about which is how to live as a professional and all the day to
day, even second by second, choices that you make that alter the way you
This is definitely a useful read for serious tournament players.
It focuses with skill on how your life is being lived affects your ability at
the poker table and raises solid pointers for you to concentrate on and
improve. A very few people (if any) can live the fantasy poker pro life
huge amounts of money, drink, parties, sex, drugs, travel, fame and never
having to work a real job again. A lot of those who do try to live that life
eventually self implode and a lot go broke. Long term success comes from living
right so read this!
Buy with the first book two spots below!
Paperback - 272 pages (Apr 2012)
|Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II: How to Play
No-Limit Hold 'em Cash Games: 2
by Dan Harrington
Firstly, make sure that if you buy
this book you are either really good at Cash games or you have read and own the
first book in the series, Harrington on Cash Games 1.
This book focuses
primarily on good turn and river play, as if you are playing good pre and post
flop play against what stacks you have, then most of the bets on 4th and 5th
street will be for a large proportion of your stack, so this book will help
that critical large amount of your stack stay intact!
A definate read,
with loads of hand analysis and interesting discussions on key moments of the
hand, you get a great insight into how Harrington plays the game, and you
certainly go on a journey that will definately improve your play.
with the first book!
Paperback - 374 pages (Mar 2008)
|Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Vol. 1: Fundamentals and
How to Handle Varying Stack Sizes
Jonathan Little, a highly
successful poker professional who has won over $4 million in tournament play in
just four years, explains exactly how to succeed in this highly competitive
field. Playing technically sound poker is crucial but this is far from the only
Jonothan provides a solid foundation with clearly
written and easy to follow instructions for tournament play.
materials provided are actually good and Jonathan Little is a very successfully
player and is certainly one of the best teachers. This book is a blend of
analitical and common sense. For people who want to be competitive in MTTs as
they are currently played, I think that Little's book is essential.
you are going to buy this book then you will probably also want to connect up
with one of
his videos as well.
Paperback - 266
pages (30 Apr 2011)
|Think Like a Poker Pro: How to Study, Plan and
Play Like a Professional
by Byron Jacobs
If you have ambitions to join the ranks of the
consistently winning players, this book might help you plan your
There is a great deal more to being a successful player than
simply knowing how to play a good game. Playing good poker is largely a
technical skill which can be learned. Being a consistently successful player is
much harder and necessitates acquiring expertise in many other
Byron Jacobs has been a successful online poker player for seven
years. In this book he identifies precisely how this can be achieved and shows
how much of the battle actually needs to be conducted away from the table. If
you already play a fair game of poker but want to become one of the very few
players who consistently "play well", then you need this book.
concepts discussed in this book are brought into clear focus on the
accompanying 180 minute DVD of videos where the author can be seen explaining
his decision-making process. This DVD addition makes the book great value and
this the way forward for poker books.
Paperback - 301
pages (1 Feb 2011)
|Dominate No-limit Hold'em: A Guide to the Math and
Psychology of NLHE
by Danny Ashman
No Limit Hold'em is a tough game to play well which is why it is the
game of choice for the high-stakes pros. Unless a player has the table covered
then at any moment their entire stack is vulnerable. The key to NLHE is
understanding and exploiting this fact. Dominate No-Limit Hold'em will reveal
the key plays that will enable you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Daniel Ashman is a highly successful NLHE high-stakes player. .
book is full of great reasonnings and a goldmine if you want to improve. The
right approach is to consider it as a workbook, rather than a strategy book.
That means be prepared to work, to think, to recall you own hands, etc...
rather than memorize anything.
It is not perfect but then no poker book
is. I would critisise that on occasion Ashman doesn't get descriptive enough.
For example, when explaining how to play a hand against different types of
players he labels one as, "opponent is bad". This is not enough, he could and
should explain the manner of the player's weakness.
Despite all the
things that (I think) could've been done better, this book contains great value
information, so much more than 95% of other poker books.
Paperback - 336
pages (1 Mar 2011)
|The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for
Today's Aggressive Game
by Bertrand Grospellier, Lee Nelson, Tysen
Streib, Tony Dunst
In the highly
fluid and fast-changing tournament-poker universe, the dominant trend is toward
looser and more aggressive (LAG) play, in which players move chips around at
dizzying speeds. The Raiser's Edge shows you how to adapt to the current state
of all stages of tournament play, analyzing how and why the LAG and hyper-LAG
styles work, and instructing on how to apply -- and defend against --
This book closely examines the many techniques used by the world's
most successful players, including 3- and 4-betting, floating and squeezing,
smooth-calling and min-raising, thin value betting, and the evolution of the
metagame, along with equilibrium strategies based on starting hands and
heads-up play. Even the ages and nationalities of your opponents are
This is a must have if you are a serious tournament player.
ElkY is one of the hottest pros out right now. This book Shows not only the
recent trends in poker evolution but how they will go in the future and how to
capitalize on an everchanging game. It inspires thinking.
Paperback - 440
pages (25 Jun 2011)
by Mike Matusow
Hang on tight as Mike The Mouth Matusow, poker player
extraordinaire, takes you with him on a breathtaking, true-life roller coaster
ride from his humble beginnings in a trailer park to a rock and roll lifestyle
full of hot women, sex, wild drug-filled parties and million-dollar wins and
losses. Yet behind the glamour and glory of his high-stakes poker career lurked
the flip side: a person torn between two debilitating mental
illnesses??bipolar disorder and ADHD. To dig himself out of depression
and suicidal despair, Matusow turned to dangerous street drugs to self-medicate
a problem he didnt understand, and spiraled deeper into the darker world
of addiction, police narcotic stings, and jail time.
In this revealing
and tumultuous autobiography, the combustible Matusow holds nothing back.
Youll get a mouthful of the man behind the infamous Matusow Meltdowns
seen on national TV.
This is quite simply a great book which being so,
transcends poker itself and is a most engaging psychological thriller of a man
at war with his worst enemy - his own mind and its demons - while struggling to
escape same through excelling at the game of poker. I will not say any more
except that you should have no doubt in buying this book whoever you are and
whatever little interest you may even have in one of poker's wildest and most
verbose champions: Mike "The Mouth" Matusow. A stunningly compelling
Paperback - 224 pages (1 Aug 2010)
|Secrets of Non-standard Sit 'n' Gos
by Phil Shaw
The sitngo (single
table tournament) format is one of the most popular and exciting ways to play
poker. However, ten players sitting at one table and playing for three prizes
is not the only possible format. There are many other ways that these events
can be run and these can provide a lucrative opportunity for the skilled
player. In Secrets of non-standard Sitngos, Phil Shaw navigates you
through these exciting variants and explains how you can make them profitable.
The alternative formats discussed include: * Heads-up
sitngos (2-player) * 6-max sitngos *
Sitngos with two tables * 45-player and 180-player
sitngos * Step systems (with prizes as entries to bigger money
sitngos) * Hyper turbos * Super satellites ...and many
Secrets of non-standard Sitngos also analyses the most
effective way to capitalise on rakeback and reward programs.
This is not
the most insightful of books but it will give you some new ways to analyse the
different types of Sit'n'Gos that you play in.
Hardcover - 272
pages (12 May 2009)
|Harrington on Cash Games: v. 1: How to Win at
No-limit Hold'em Money Games
by Dan Harrington
Dan Harrington's three 'Harrington on Holdem tournment
books have a generally excellent reputation, as does the author himself,
particularly in NL tourneys. Now, he has turned his attention to cash games,
again with co-author Bill Robertie.
One important thing to mention is
that essentially Volume 1 and 2 are two parts of the same book. Consequently,
the reader will need both volumes to improve all parts of the game. However,
Volume 1 includes an extremely useful introduction to basic ideas and key
principles of cash game holdem (c. 115 pages), about 50 pages of
Tight-Aggressive pre-flop play and approximately 100 pages each of
Tight-Aggressive Flop play Heads Up and the same for Multiple opponents. There
are also a number of problems, which should help illustrate key concepts, at
the end of the three sections on the play of hands.
On the down side,
some players of cash games suggest that his advice is a bit on the tight side
for today's very aggressive online games. Sadly, too, there are some typing
errors so be careful. Also, this book assumes the reader is familiar with many
basic concepts and may not be a suitable introduction on its own.
cash game holdem player who is prepared to read this and think about the
concepts, the hands, and their game should find that this book pays for itelf
hundreds of times over. A must-read / must-have for anyone who wants to improve
their cash game play considerably.
Paperback - 418
pages (14 Mar 2008)
|Swayne's Advanced Degree in Hold'em
Much of what has
been presented in this book has never been published before. More of a
university textbook than a traditional poker book, this is a handbook for the
serious poker player and for those who want to up their game to world class
This book features new mathematical strategies and an in-depth
analysis of the psychological aspects of Texas Hold'em. The result of years of
study, this new method of step-by-step poker techniques and strategies helps
players consistently beat the odds and play winning games. Every aspect of the
game is analyzed and reported on in never-before-published approaches that are
designed for all forms of Hold'emonline, electronic, and conventional
This is more a college course than a quick "do this"
approach to Holdem Though I doubt that most will spend the time needed to fully
grasp this work; I am sure that for those that do, regardles of past
experience, your Holdem game will dramitically imporve. Forward by Daniel
Negreanu makes you think a bit more seriously about this product in an ever
increasingly cluttered market consisting mostly of
Paperback - 400 pages (4 Jun 2009)