Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker volume 2: Stages of the Tournaments by Jonathan Little is the much anticipated next book from D&B Poker Series books.
Volume 1 was rather good, one of the best modern NLH tournament books we have read since Harrington on Hold’em. The start of SPTP2 was also good in that it carried on with similar insights into how Jonathan Little plays and, more importantly for Old School players, how today’s tournament poker is generally being played.
The first couple of chapters of Little’s Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volume 2 finish off his tournament theory so what does the rest of the book cover? Livin de poker life strategies …
Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 2 was designed to turn intermediate players into professionals. I am confident the extended section on how to go pro will help numerous players realize their dream of becoming a professional poker player.
A Little Happine$$
He goes into how to be a Professional Tournament Poker player, how to live the life and, perhaps more importantly, how to carry on living your whole life while interacting with the real non poker world. He explains an important Little concept called Happiness EV, which could also be called Happiness $’s and work them out much like Sklansky dollars.
Livin de poker life?
Cash game poker and tournament poker can be won short term by those who learn the most, the latest strategies that give them the edge, those that use poker HUDs etc. But those who survive the pressure, those whose Bankrolls survive the long term usually have other poker and life qualities that ensure poker survival. These can also give you an extra poker edge that others may never be able to learn or adapt to.
If you combine Jonathan Littles advice and approach in his book with the Jared Tendler The Mental Game of Poker book then you will be giving yourself a massive long term edge over other poker players. And not just on the poker tables.
A few people can live the true poker pro life that we all imagine – huge amounts of money, drink, parties, ladies, 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. Those who are successful long term like Eric Seidel and Doyle Brunson still enjoy life but look at it and plan for the long term.
These poker life strategy books may not be right for you at the moment but, if in a few months or years time the poker variance or lifestyle has got you down, then you may want to come back to these books and look at them in a different light.
And the rest of Volume 2 is not just about livin de poker life, as there are more poker strategy tips, discussions and 30 hand examples.