Il s'agit d'un petit livre, relativement fin, qui ne va pas en profondeur mais propose des stratégies "clés en main" pour gagner lors des cash games à petites mises. Il ne peut s'agir du seul ouvrage qu'on lit sur le sujet, sinon vous aurez de grosses lacunes, mais il s'agit d'un bon complément sur ce style particulier de jeu.
Unlike a number of other commentators, I'm afraid I don't rate this book highly. And not simply because the price seems a bit steep for what it is!
It's simply that if the author is presenting this as a collection of 'strategies', they appear to me to be somewhat strange ones. I'll take an example. He presents a number of charts showing hands he'd raise with in various different positions, and assuming that every one before him had folded. OK, sometimes a reasonable assumption, but quite uncommon in low-stakes cash games. Right, everyone has folded to the button, who is holding 76 offsuit. The author numbers this as a hand he'd raise with in such circumstances. Personally I don't: it'd go in the muck and I'd leave the blinds to it and wait for the next hand! Sure, the blinds might fold to my raise, or there could be some freaky flop which improves such a trashy hand, but that's unlikely. Or of course I could continue to play a bluff. By why play hands which are going to probably force you to bluff with them anyway?
But what if the preceding players haven't folded? Here, of course, the author can't draw charts. So instead goes into decribing a couple of dozen hypothetical scenarios. Which given his style of writing are not easy reading. But such examples can't be called 'strategic'. Instead they're tactics which might work in some circumstances. The trouble is, though, to draw any 'strategic' conclusions from such examples, he'd have to describe hundreds of examples, not twenty or so!
And he frequently advises 'going over the line', which sounds like trusting to luck and playing dangerously loose to me. Sorry, Jonathan, it might work for you, but it doesn't for me!
All this is of course pure personal opinion. But there are better books on this specific subject around, which are also written in a more readable style.
I can't help wondering if the author wrote this book as a bit of a joke, hoping that opponant players in his hometown games in Atlanta might read it and end up playing worse than they already do...
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3,0 sur 5 étoilesUseful book for 1/2 but feels incomplete and hastily written
30 mai 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As one of the only books relevant to small stakes live cash games, I feel obligated to give this book at least 3 stars. I buy most of Jonathan Little's books and generally they're worth it, but this one has serious problems.
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.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesIf you are looking to better your game
24 novembre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are looking to better your game, I can't think of a better teacher then Jonathan Little. I have read quite a few books on Texas holdem (no need to list and bad mouth other authors) and none of them have explained concepts as easy as Jonathan little does. I only play small stakes cash games so it was great to finally read something that is geared specifically for the stakes I play. Im not concerned with learning the secrets of ultra high stakes poker players (as of yet anyways) because I don't play higher then a 1/2 no limit. Its amazingly easy to read, and the concepts and strategies discussed can be implemented immediately for quick results. I laugh to myself when I do the small adjustments He recommends only to see most players do exactly what he says they will do(things I have done in the past). I have struggled with being a winning player in poker for 13 years, that is going to change now. I have NEVER made it into the money at a casino tournament. Just after using a few of the strategies held in this book I booked my first cash. It was a small win, but none the less one that I have never experienced. Thats another point. This book is for cash games, But I find that many of the strategies discussed transfer over to tournament play as well. I cant wait to read his book on small stakes tournaments next! If you want to be a better player, buy this book. If you want to find leaks in your own game, buy this book. If you want to understand the thought process of winning players, BUY THIS BOOK!!! Also, google search Jonathan Little, and you will find a vast resource list of very affordable training information he offers. To the author, Thank you for writing this book.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesFinally, a book that confirms my adjustments and more!
18 novembre 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I give it a 5 star for the 'intended audience'. If you've read all the 'older' Harrington books, 'Theory' books, etc., can hold your own in a 'home game' but cannot believe you're barely ahead of the others who you know play just 'ok' or badly, this book can really help you. For several years the 'older' books worked for me (basically play tight and be patient). That will still work against like-minded play, but it is boring as hell and you're leaving a LOT on the table. When my win rate slipped, I knew I needed an adjustment, and was getting frustrated while trying different 'plays'. This book basically tells you how to open your game up by being aware of situations and players, then 'playing the players' while still playing solid hands ('solid' for different situations, that is). The book is geared toward playing "exploitable" poker which works VERY well at most small stakes games. It does NOT work against very good players who know how to counteract those strategies and who are "aware" of what's actually going on at the table'. Thing is, if you do play at higher level games, you will be able to adjust (I think. I'm not there yet. ;-) ) I know I'll never play at the higher stakes games anyway, so mastering these concepts work for me. Many of the concepts I already had implemented, but it is good to have a 'framework' to fall back on and it helps to see where improvement is needed. Also, if nothing else, it confirms that the adjustments I already made from 'standard play' to win at low stakes were correct. When you deviate from what you learned as 'correct play' you wonder if it is a leak in your game even when the results seemed positive. It was nice to see in print that I was actually doing it right in many cases ! Yes, there is more variance in this method of play, but not all that much and it works MUCH better and is more fun than just playing ABC poker.
Jonathan Little has a talent for describing the topic of poker strategy in a simple, easy to follow way. Although this book does not go into extreme in-depth and complex strategies, it touches on many common straight forward situations a player in a small-stakes cash game may encounter. The real value comes from a few select sentences or paragraphs in which Little is able to deliver a nugget of advice that resonates with the reader and gives them a concept to consider when playing that is more general and isn't necessarily for a specific rare occasion.