Jonathan Little is a professional poker player who started playing poker when he turned 18 years old. He quickly became one of the biggest winners in online sit-n-go tournaments, turning his initial $50 deposit into $350,000 within three years. When he turned 21, he transitioned to live high stakes tournaments where he won two $10,000 buy-in WPT events and final tabled two others, earning him the Season 6 Player of the Year award. He has cashed for over $7 million in live poker tournaments and much more online. He is also a consistent winner in high stakes cash games.
Jonathan owns and operates the poker training site, PokerCoaching.com as well as JonathanLittlePoker.com. In 2019, he won the GPI Poker Personality of the Year award. He resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.
This new, expanded, fully updated and revised, edition of 'Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker' is a landmark in poker publishing.
Originally published in two volumes in 2011 and 2012 this was both a critical and commercial success. Over the last decade, the understanding of poker has changed dramatically and this new edition fully reflects current thinking on the game.This book will give readers a thorough understanding of everything they need to know about playing tournaments and Jonathan Little is undoubtedly the person best qualified to impart this information.The book is split into seven sections:1) How Tournaments Work –This explains why tournaments are a highly profitable form of poker and examines the basic concepts that need to be mastered.2) Playing Deep Stacked –This deals with situations where (most) players have stacks of 50 big blinds or more. All situations are dealt with including pre-flop and all three post-flop streets. There is further information on general topics at this stack depth.3) Playing Mid Stacked –This deals with situations where the basic stack depth is between 27 and 50 big blinds. These situations are tricky because with the shorter stack, players are often going all-in. This means that very clear adjustments are required compared to the deeper stack strategies. 4) Playing Short Stacked –This section focuses on play below 27 big blinds. Now play is almost exclusively focused on the possiblity of players going all-in. Knowing the correct ranges and plays here is vital to maximise your chances for tournament survival. 5) The Late Stages –As the prospect of serious prize money looms, huge adjustments need to be made. How to play on the bubble and concepts such as risk premium and the Independent Chip Model are fundamental to maximising your chance of landing a major prize and they are all thoroughly explained.6) Hand Examples –This will test your understanding of everything you have learnt so far.7) Other Considerations –You can improve your tournament results by also working on your general attitude and approach. This section encompasses all the non-technical aspects of playing, including learning, the mental approach, tells and practical tips. Jonathan Little has dedicated himself to educating players who are keen to improve their poker strategy, and in 2020, he was awarded the prestigious title of Global Poker Index “Poker Personality of the Year” – voted for by the poker-playing public.As well as being an immensely successful professional player with over $7,000,000 in live tournament cashes, Jonathan runs the highly respected coaching site pokercoaching.com. By interacting regularly with his students, he has developed a clear understanding of how to explain important concepts in a language that can be easily understood by players of all skill levels. The result is Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker – the definitive guide to modern tournament play.
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Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em is a sensation in poker publishing. Renowned poker professional and author Jonathan Little brings together 17 of the greatest no-limit experts in the world to discuss all aspects of the game. These experts include superstars such as Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, Mike Sexton and Jared Tendler.
In Part 1 strategies are analysed for topics such as understanding the fundamentals, satellite play, lower-buy in events, analysing tells and moving up in stakes
Part 2 sees a thorough technical breakdown of the game including sections on range analysis, game theory optimal play, short stack strategies, value betting and final table play.
As any serious poker will confirm, the technical side is only half the battle and so Part 3 deals with mental toughness, psychology and understanding tilt.
Excelling at No-Limit Hold‘em provides all the tools that an aspiring player needs to understand no-limit hold‘em. It is a must buy for anyone who is serious about wanting to improve their poker.
Chad Holloway - The post-boom evolution in poker
Evan Jarvis - Equity, position and aggression
Chris Moneymaker - Lower buy-in strategies
Ed Miller – Moving up in stakes
Scott Clements – General tournament concepts
Matt Affleck - Advanced tournament strategies
Bernard Lee – Satellite play
Zachary Elwood - Understanding tells
Alex Fitzgerald – In-depth range analysis
Phil Hellmuth/Liv Boeree – Short stack strategies
Jonathan Little - Value betting and Final table play
Olivier Busquet - Heads-up play
Will Tipton – Game theory optimal play
Patricia Cardner – Mental toughness
Jared Tendler - Eliminating tilt
Elliot Roe - Poker hypnotherapy
Mike Sexton – Great plays from great players
Excelling at Tough No-Limit Hold’em Games is a must-have if you have ambitions to move up the stakes. Renowned poker player and leading coach Jonathan Little brings together ten No-Limit experts to provide cutting-edge information for the keen student.
All the authors are established coaches for pocarr.com, the prominent backing company that features an immense private training site for backees. Pocarr has helped numerous players climb the poker ladder and succeed at the highest levels in events such as the WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) and SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker).
Success beyond the lower stakes demands a highly specific skill set. Excelling at Tough No-Limit Hold’em Games will show you how to develop this so you can rise to the top of the game.
Quick tips for beating the low stakes games
Adjusting your preflop strategy
When to c-bet (continuation bet)
How to defend against c-bets
Navigating multi-way pots
Basic ICM (Independent Chip Model) and advanced ICM
Medium stacked final table strategies
Strategies to crush live poker
Excelling at Tough No-Limit Hold’em Games is the essential guide for anyone who is serious about wanting to succeed at the high stakes and make a significant income from poker.
Alex ‘msusyr24’ Carr
Alexandre ‘Cavalito’ Mantovani
Ben ‘BennyBills’ Shuster
Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens
Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet
Luiz ‘AcePheres’ Feres
Mat ‘AussieStar’ Brown
Richard ‘ChipsFool’ Hoadley
Vlada ‘Vlada2108’ Stojanović
Mastering Small Stakes Hold’em Errata page 31
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INTRODUCTION TO MASTERING SMALL STAKES NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM
There is a lot of money to be made at small stakes no-limit hold’em because… surprise, surprise… most of the players aren’t very good.
However, few players understand exactly how to exploit these games. Competent players who generally play larger stakes will, of course, beat them. But they won’t beat them for nearly as much as they ought to. Why? Because they don’t understand how to adjust correctly.
Playing a solid, competent, decently aggressive style is a strategy that will be profitable. That said, you should not be content with just beating these games - you should be absolutely crushing them. The trick to doing this is to disregard a lot of “correct” poker and get way out of line at the right times. The methods required are far from obvious or intuitive but in Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em Jonathan Little explains them in great detail.
Jonathan constructs a basic strategy to crush small stakes games and also identifies the adjustments that need to be made when facing more competent opposition.
You need this book if…
You frequently play small stakes no-limit hold’em
You usually play larger stakes but (especially live) often have to make do with smaller stakes games
You play tournaments (such as WSOP events) that feature numerous recreational players
What do you think about when you sit down to play live no-limit cash games?
If it’s only your hand and how you should play it then you need to think again!
There is much, much more to being a good live cash player than simply playing your hand “correctly”. You need to develop a whole host of other skills. Jonathan Little, a top-ranking professional poker player, will teach you these skills. Jonathan has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the best instructors the game has ever seen. He has an almost unique ability to explain difficult poker concepts in simple terms.
Jonathan thoroughly examines the difficult topic of how to modify your play on all post-flop streets based on:
The pre-flop action: limped, raised and re-raised pots have different dynamics
Being in position or out of position
Whether you are the aggressor
Whether you have a strong made hand, a drawing hand or a bluff
Jonathan analyzes the numerous different player types and explains how to adjust your game to play well against each of them.
In Live No-Limit Cash Games Jonathan also discusses key “non-poker” concepts including::
Spotting and concealing tells
Mike Sexton once asked Chip Reese, “The guys you play against are tough. What separates you from them?” Chip replied, “You’re right Mike. They are tough. In fact, when they play their ‘A’ game, I’m really no better than they are. The difference is that they also have a ‘C’ and ‘D’ game, whereas I don’t. They become weak players when they steam and just about all of them do. My edge is that I don’t steam.” (Life’s a Gamble, D&B 2016).
If you’ve ever wondered if the psychological aspect of poker is important, that should provide the answer. One of the greatest players of all times is attributing his success to the fact that he has better psychological control over his play than his opponents.
The good news is that, actually, there is nothing mysterious about Chip’s ability. To do the same you simply have to adhere to specific strategies and guidelines. This book will tell you what they are and explain why they work. These strategies, implemented into your everyday routine, will substantially increase your performance and improve your mental state.
Peak Poker Performance will show you how to:
Create an unbeatable mindset
Pursue excellence during downswings
Improve your motivation
Master your emotions
Plus much, much more.
Dr. Patricia Cardner has worked with hundreds of poker players, at mid-stakes and high-stakes levels, both through private coaching and online training. With the help of Jonathan Little, Patricia moves on from her first book, ‘Positive Poker’ and uses the very latest research to take you to the next level so you too can achieve better results on the felt and in life.
Why are the best poker players actually the best?
Every serious poker player wants to be successful and many of them have the right technical skills. However, the truth is that there are key mental factors that separate the big winners from everyone else.
Patricia Cardner is a psychology professor, licensed professional counselor and dedicated poker player. She interviewed a select group of professional poker players who share two key characteristics: ALL of them have been successful over many years and ALL of them have lifetime winnings of more than $1,000,000.
Patricia analyzed the results to determine exactly what psychological skills, techniques, and strategies they use. This book is the result of her studies.
Positive Poker outlines the mental skills that you need to develop if you want raise your game. Positive Poker will help you to:
Optimize your brain for efficient learning
Increase motivation and stay positive
Use psychological skills to increase your win rate
Increase self-control and reduce tilt
Patricia is aided in her investigations by the highly successful poker pro Jonathan Little, author of the critically acclaimed series, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker.
How well can you handle the complex situations that arise in live No-Limit cash game play? Leading professional Jonathan Little excels at this form of poker. Read this book and learn how to master the intricacies of this fascinating game.
Jonathan’s first book in this series, Jonathan Little on Live no-Limit Cash Games, Volume 1: The Theory, outlined how the modern professional plays the game. Now Jonathan has produced a second volume, allowing players to test their understanding of the nuances of playing NL live.
The question and answer format allows the reader to examine each individual hand, consider the relevant factors and formulate their thinking about the best line to take. In this way the reader can compare his or her thought processes with those of a top flight professional.
No-Limit play is all about successfully adapting your strategy based on:
The pre-flop action
Whether you are the aggressor
Whether you are in position
The relative stack sizes at the table
Testing yourself by going through the examples in this book will enable you to make these adaptations instinctive.
Most small and medium stakes poker players have a decent grasp of no-limit hold'em. However, they almost always have a few substantial leaks in their strategy that keep them from winning at the game. If they could plug those leaks, they could easily become regular winners at their current stakes and potentially advance to the bigger games.
Jonathan Little is a hugely successful poker player with over $7.5 million in live tournament earnings. Over the last 15 years he has dedicated himself to helping players improve their skills and he runs the immensely popular training site, pokercoaching.com. His extensive experience coaching players has given him a deep understanding of what players do incorrectly and, more importantly, what they need to do to improve.
That wisdom has been distilled into 100 Essential Tips to Master No-Limit Hold'em. If you think your poker skills could improve, you are probably right - and this book will show you how.
This book will help you:
Understand how to focus on ranges, not hands.
Learn how to avoid being results-oriented.
Simplify your strategies without losing equity.
Exploit common mistakes your opponents make.
Move up in stakes and stay there.
...and much, much more.
In his four decades as a poker professional, Mike has excelled as a poker player, poker businessman and poker ambassador. He was instrumental in the creation of PartyPoker in 2001 and was a key player in the launch of the World Poker Tour in 2002, an event that changed the world of poker forever. He has been a commentator on the WPT, along with Vince Van Patten, since its inception. He is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner.
Mike was recognized as poker’s Top Ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards gala in 2006. That same year, he won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, collecting $1 million in prize money – half of which he donated to charity.
In this book Mike recounts his personal experiences and gives his take on some of poker’s legendary characters over the past 40 years. If you enjoy poker, are fascinated by the evolution of the game and enjoy compelling poker, golf and gambling adventures, then you’ll love Life’s A Gamble.
Jonathan Little is on a mission to teach the world how to play tournament poker.
His first two books, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volumes 1 and 2, outlined how the modern professional plays the game and changed the face of the poker landscape. Now Jonathan has produced a third volume, allowing players to test their understanding of the nuances of tournament play.
The question and answer format allows the reader to examine each individual hand, consider the relevant factors and formulate their thinking about the best line to take. In this way the reader can compare his or her thought processes with those of a top flight professional who has amassed more than $5 million in career earnings.
Jonathan will teach you how to:
Hone in on the relevant factors in any given situation
Find the most accurate bet-sizings to maximise your expectation
Learn how to profit on the bubble and at the final table
Jonathan Little is undoubtedly one of the world’s best poker players and also a highly respected coach. In 2010 he cashed 5 times in the WSOP, including a 3rd place finish.
Jonathan Little is a highly successful poker professional who has won over $4 million in tournament play. His first book, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1 dealt with the fundamentals of play. In this second book he builds on this base by examining the highly complex issue of how to handle the different stages of a tournament.
Jonathan Little sits down with Kristy Arnett at PokerNews.com to discuss the book.
As well as outlining a technically accurate style of play, Jonathan also discusses a number of other topics that are crucial to success at poker. These include:
How to spot tells (and avoid giving them)
Practical tips for tournament play
Managing life as a professional poker player throws up a number of issues in itself and Jonathan calls upon his many years as a pro to address these. They include:
Developing your poker skills
Mental & physical approaches required for successful play.
As well as being one of the world’s best players, Jonathan has been a highly respected coach for many years. In the final section of the book he draws on his experience here to answer the most common FAQ’s asked by students and also offers an in-depth analysis of 30 hands from tournament play which outline many of the concepts discussed in the book.
In his professional career he has won the WPT twice. In 2010 he cashed 5 times in the WSOP, including a third place finish.
Jonathan Little interview with Parttimepoker.com
Tournament poker is a tough game to play, but the rewards for success can be huge. Even regular online tournaments offer substantial prizes running to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you want to win big at the tables, then you must buy this book.
Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1 you will learn the fundamentals of play and how to handle varying stack sizes. You will learn:
Why tournaments are the most profitable form of poker
When to play small ball and when to play long ball
How to understand effective stack size
How to tailor your play to winning, not just cashing
…plus much more!