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  • Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker

  • The Essential Guide
  • By: Jonathan Little
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Little
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

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 listeners 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 possibility 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.

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Nobody Works harder

Between his Poker Results, YouTube channel, Books, Coaching site and general volume of poker content that this man puts out it's hard to argue that you are learning from the best with this book. i should probably be more studious in my approach to this book but i have been putting it on in the car on my commute to and from work and making mental notes for my game that night and i am already benefitting from the snippets that i take in. This is a great book

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Important concepts clearly explained

Jonathan is recognised as an excellent poker coach and this new version of his professional tournament poker book covers a multitude of subjects. He explains the concept clearly, with plenty of examples, and in a suitable tone and pace.

So why only four stars? Unfortunately I don’t feel the audiobook format suits the topic that well, as poker theory frequently needs to reference charts. These are covered both verbally and in a free download available from the publisher, but its a little more difficult to study the subject in this format. Even when concentrating, its easy to tune out for a few minutes and find Jonathan is now discussing the middle of a hand that you didnt really listen to the start of. Not a fault of Jonathans narrative, more a limitation of the audio format. If you are solidly focussing, however, you will find there is alot of useful info here.

Overall, this is a good book which provides plenty of material to study.

i’d advise beginners to start with one of Jonathans other books…perhaps ‘mastering small stakes’, also an excellent book, that focusses more in depth with the sort of games a beginner is likely to encounter.

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  • 30-01-22

Top notch

Great listen. Would listen every day while walking the dog and enjoyed every minute of it