Crushing Low Stakes Poker Volume I: Book Review

Mike Turner’s excellent book Crushing Low Stakes Poker Volume I provides a general action plan for beating lower stakes NL Holdem sit n go's and tournaments. It is a resourceful, modern ebook and Mike is your strategic planner, preparing you for the road ahead, helping you to avoid pitfalls. His writing style is easy to read and persuasive.

He begins by outlining some important poker concepts for beginners, covering themes such as bankroll management, variance and pot odds. He does not cover any topic in great detail, but he provides solid, concise advice on each theme. It is a very useful list of topics.

And reading chapter 1 as a checklist is how it is most valuable. 

Wherever you are on your poker journey, you will have strengths and weaknesses. Recognising your weaknesses is the most important step in improving your game. This book can help highlight those weak areas and give you some starting advice. If you need further help with a specific topic, the book constantly refers to poker software and poker websites and even devotes an entire chapter to useful resources.

For example if you decided you had little understanding of ICM, the book provides an outline as to what ICM is, but then also recommends ICM Trainer (free software) or ICMIZER or SitnGo Wiz (paid software) as useful tools to help improve your skills.
Mike goes on to discuss low stakes strategy in more detail, introducing themes such as “levels of thinking”, continuation betting and value betting. Example hands are scattered throughout to highlights points. Even reading this book as an advanced player, knowing a lot of the content, there are still enough gems of wisdom to make it a worthwhile read.

In the next section, the stages of a tournament are broken down into big, medium and small stacks, push/fold, bubble play and heads-up. Mike is a very skilled SNG player so there is a range of simple to very advanced advice given for how to adapt your game to fit the tournament situation. Once again the sub-sections within this chapter make for an excellent checklist.

The final part provides a list of useful poker tools and sites. You can find this information yourself, but Mike has selected wisely and put everything in one place. It is almost like looking at his drawing of a map of the online poker industry. You might find that the book introduces you to a piece of software or site you were unaware of and it may be of huge value to you.

In fitting with the idea that this book is a resource as well as a book, there is also some exclusive material, links to training videos and various appendices.

If you choose this book, you will have chosen wisely.

You can buy the poker book on Amazon

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