Crushing the Microstakes by Blackrain 79
Well, I read it.
As I have spoken with Nathan and read many of his posts here at CC, not to mention having used his coaching expertise, I was excited to read his new book. No one that I am aware of has written a book solely targeting the extreme micro stakes.
I would like to be able to say that he was informative about the micros, and I would like to be able to say that this book is an incredible tool for the micro stakes player. I would like to be able to say that he writes clearly and understandable, in a language that the micro player - who is often a beginner - can understand and relate to. I would like to, and I can.
I would also like to say that I was happy to read this book.
I was not............. Because all the things I thought this book would be, it is. And that means if you are a micro stakes player, this book will more likely than not make you a better player and harder for the rest of us micro players to beat.....
Nathan has an easy going writing style that is entertaining as well as informative. He covers all the topics a beginner need to hear. (And even a more experienced player needs to hear a lot of this again). Everything from real basics like bankroll issues, starting hands, positional play to the differences in the lowest stake games, 3- and 4 betting, HUD set up, table selection and on and on.
His book is more targeting the multi tabler who uses a HUD, and he does a great job of clearing up how to use the HUD and set it up, as well as how to understand how to use the stats, and how to do constructive table selection. But even the single table beginner who has no idea what a HUD is can benefit from this book IMO.
Crushing the Microstakes is written in a very chronological way, starting with the absolute basics, and continues on covering pretty much every topic that you can think of. Nathan has his style of play - which has worked great for him - and he explains his thought process in an easy to understand way. He is not a math geek, as he will tell you. But he does know what it takes to beat the micros. And he tells
you how he does it.
As a last statement, all i can say is...
If you are a micro stakes player, and are not winning, please DO NOT get this book. Because it will make you a much harder player to beat.
Nathan, how could you????