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The Poker Blueprint: Advanced Strategies for Crushing Micro & Small Stakes NL [Kindle Edition]

Tri Nguyen , Aaron Davis
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From the man who literally CREATED the poker ebook market and its poster child, Let There Be Range (a two-thousand dollar poker manual for high-stakes poker professionals), The Poker Blueprint provides the infrastructure for micro- and small-stakes players to build their game on. It also offer advanced strategies that are vital to crushing today's online short-handed games up to 100NL. 


* How to win pots without premium holdings 

* How to crush your opponents using this simple tactic 

* How to increase your win-rate with a tiny adjustment to your game

* How to be the best player at your table the moment you sit down 

* How to bluff big and gets rewarded for it 

* How to deal with downswings without stressing yourself

* How to calculate odds on the fly

* How Tri becomes a self-made millionaire through playing poker ... Secrets revealed on Page 20

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 50 advanced tactics covered, all proven to work under the Las Vegas bright lights, the New York underground games, the internet, the college dorms, the kitchen home games, and anywhere you can think of!

You don't need advanced math or a high IQ to crush poker. 

You need the right strategies and that's exactly what The Poker Blueprint delivers. 

Order today. Our winning circle awaits you!

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About the Author

Highly successful online poker professional Tri ‘SlowHabit’ Nguyen turned his loves of poker and education into a notable coaching career, drawing praise for his ability to explain complex poker concepts in simple, easy to understand terms. These skills transitioned well into writing and he soon found himself teamed up with fellow online star Cole South — a collaboration that resulted in the high-level no limit Hold’em breakthrough, Let There be Range. Nguyen is also the author of The No Limit Holdem Workbook: Exploiting Regulars. Additionally, Nguyen has written extensively on Omaha and his The Pot-Limit Omaha Book: Transitioning from NLHE to PLO is frequently prescribed to Hold’em players looking to crush small- and mid-stakes PLO. The sequel, Advanced PLO Play, is for PLO specialists looking to increase their edge against other PLO regulars. A graduate in computer science and education from UC-Berkeley, Nguyen is a regular strategy column contributor to Card Player magazine and a prolific blogger at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1590 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DailyVariance Publishing, LLC (20 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T39T1K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not apt for today's micros. 29 Nov. 2012
By pvas
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While this book is pretty good at explaining how smaller stakes work, it is appalling for the micro stakes player.

If you employ the strategies used in this at the smallest of stakes you will, WILL, lose money. Most of the people at these stakes are calling stations and it's just not profitable to bluff or semi bluff against them without massive draws. I find a lot of books make this mistake. It's so much easier and much more profitable to just play monsters big, get in cheap with your marginal hands and then value bet relentlessly in most of the spots in this where the author advises different strategies.

IE, raising 3x on a table where you've got 5 others who are likely to call makes absolutely no sense. You're better off raising massive to get value from 1/2 of them who're still willing to call, and then taking them to town.

OBV the author crushes more than I do but I just think most of the spots in the book don't apply to MICRO stakes.

For small stakes it's pretty great, though it has to be said the title is misleading at best as this seems to be specifically aimed at small and not micro stakes..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most useful book for micro stakes 6 max NLH 9 Nov. 2013
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The book can be slightly confusing at times, but what makes it so useful is the examples, they are all relevant and reflect common situations you encounter in this type of game. There is a discussion of pre flop hand ranges (including 3-betting) and plenty of post flop examples showing the correct time to cbet,barrel,float and various other post flop tricks.

It needs to be read through several times, and if you stick with it and use the examples as a frame of reference for your own decisions, you will be able to build a bankroll at the micro stakes.

I recommend depositing small and starting small and only moving up when you have earned enough money for the next buy in and moving back down if you lose a few buy ins. That way you won't hemorrhage money keeping on redepositing at a level you are not good enough to beat. With the invention of rush/zoom poker it is possible to play many hands in a short period of time, which also means you can test the ideas out fairly quickly as well as build a roll much faster

People often seem to assume they are better than they really are, and attribute keeping on going broke as being down to bad luck, so they redeposit, and before they know it they have a bad gambling habit that is costing them money. The micro stakes games are typically much tougher these days in the recession, meaning your game will have to be much sharper to make a profit than times gone by.

Do not expect to start crushing the games over night after reading this book, it will take some practice and study, however once you know the book inside out, you will be able to beat the microstakes games and you will have the foundations to move up to the tougher games
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing lower stake cash games 29 Nov. 2012
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Reading this book has helped me re-emphasise important strategies to winning on cash game tables. Parts of the book, such as playing fast on streets and targeting fish, made a lot of sense, and you can see how some guys are making 100k profit from small stakes tables. This book has also encouraged me to keep discipline if getting bad beats or on a losing run.
I would clearly recommend this book to the occasional cash game player, or someone who is flirting with the idea of using a bankroll to start playing regularly. After over 10 years of playing poker, I believe I have a better grasp of techniques used simply to make profit on cash game tables
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at this price it's a steal - buy this book! 12 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Poker Blueprint used to be sold for nearly $100. Now the kindle edition sells at under £10 which is an absolute steal and a snap call. If you only buy one poker book, start with this one. It's detailed enough, but won't drown you with examples. It gives you a great overview of concepts and how to apply them, and will undoubtedly improve your game.
I've been grinding micro stakes NL for years and never been winning. Realising you WANT to improve is the first necessary step of course, and this book is a great step in the right direction.
I fully recommend The Poker Blueprint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ton of useful info. 11 Feb. 2011
By Larrondo212 - Published on
I have a bit of an unusual background for a Daily Variance customer: I bought The Poker Blueprint having never played a hand of online poker. I played quite a bit of small stakes live games, where I generally did quite well, but I'd heard that the online games were much tougher (they are!) and wanted to be well-armed with the best knowledge before I made the transition. I'd read nearly all the conventional poker books by 2+2 and other publishers, and knew that a good deal of the advice was calibrated for weaker 2003-style games. An extreme example-- Phil Gordon's assertion, in The Little Green Book, that a 4bet is 99% aces. Even really good books were generally written with advice designed to beat weaker opponents in more passive games.

The Poker Blueprint was exactly what I was looking for. It's long, covering a vast range of topics, and extremely dense. I have read it through and have begun to work my way through it a second time. I have found it extremely useful in two ways-- first, as an all-around primer, and secondly, as an encyclopedia in which I can look up particular topics of interest. I've gotten a subscription to a video training site, and when I see something in a video, say, a tricky spot on a paired flop, a second barrel on the turn, or a donk bet, I flip to the appropriate discussion in The Poker Blueprint to get more analysis on the topic. Like a good encyclopedia, The Poker Blueprint covers it's topics succinctly and clearly.

I'm by no means alone in my regard for this book-- the reviews on 2+2 were by-in-large glowing. The Poker Blueprint doesn't strive to be the final word on most topics-- poker is vastly complicated and one could imagine a book devoting 200 pages to 3betting or balancing your flop check-raising range on a two tone board-- rather it gives the reader a solid, functional foundation to approach each situation. Like a good encyclopedia, the information is brief and clear. At 260 pages, a massive amount of material is covered. In terms of pure dollar value, it's got to be one of the best bargains around.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint 8 Feb. 2011
By WhamFish - Published on
Small stakes tournament players,

If you are currently a solid micro or small stakes tournament player considering moving up or loosening your style pull the trigger and buy "The Poker Blueprint".

Although "The Poker Blueprint" was written for 6-max online cashgames, I bought it to help me with my early tournament game. Early in a tournament, when stacks are 150bb or more, play is much like a cash game. I reasoned that if I incorporated winning moves from micro and small stakes cashgames into my early tournament play I would increase my ROI and be more competitive as I moved up. Many successful small field MTT grinders, are playing as super nits during the first half of every tournament they play. I see stats like 9/7 or 11/6 all the time from winning players in these low stake games where ABC nit poker is profitable since there are so many fish willing to stack off with top pair no kicker. As somewhat of a nit myself 18/12, I saw the early tournament stages as a chance to increase my ROI. My plan was to learn a LAG cashgame style and implement it against regs and fish in these small field MTTs. Since reading "The Poker Blueprint" I've loosened up to 24/17, increased my ROI by 10% and moved up to higher stake tournaments.

Put simply, I was missing opportunities, you probably are too. Starting with preflop play The Poker Blueprint helped me see new profitable spots to open, but perhaps more importantly it help me implement a profitable 3-bet strategy. In an environment where opponents will only 4-bet with QQ+ this strategy is brutally effective and drastically improved my bottom line. Further, "The Poker Blueprint" gives an intuitive, but advanced, approach to post-flop play. There are many other sources on post flop play out there. Having read many of them I can honestly say that you will have a hard time finding a discussion of c-betting, floating and barreling in a package that is this accessible to new players. If you do, it's not going to be at this price range.

An unexpected benefit from reading this book has been the strength it has added to my late tournament push/fold play. Previous to reading this book, I was open-shoving and 3-bet-shoving with 10-15bb mostly for value. After reading "The Poker Blueprint's" discussion of fold equity and 4-betting I've completely changed the way I look at late tournament push fold decisions. In the past I would often go card dead and blind down until AQ or 88+ showed up, then shove only to double back to the stack I had before blinding down. Now, I dont feel like I have to wait for cards, just profitable opportunities. The great part is that the cards still come, so I find myself with a big stack much more often near the bubble and at the final table.

Amazingly, if you read, understand and pull the trigger, they will fold. It is for this reason I strongly recommend "The Poker Blueprint" to other MTT players. Even though the book's intended audience is cashgame players, I'm certain you'll find it useful in your games.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK 11 Feb. 2011
By John Reynolds - Published on
I purchased this book "the Poker Blueprint" earlier this year.
It has had a profound influence on my playing -- it's raised it to a new, higher level.
Most books today are written on a high school level, or at an abstract, theoretical approach. Your book is all solid, usable, college graduate information.
My relatively small investment has more than paid itself many, many times over.
I play online at poker stars in $50 SNG's and cash games in Atlantic City.
Some of the your books may be a little pricey for some, but others are more than reasonable. The only fault I found is that the proof reading could be a little tighter.
For anyone who wants to improve their game, these are a must buy!

J. J. Reynolds.

P. S. With so many young aggressive players out there, someone like me who turned 78 in September needs all the help I can get -- these fill the bill.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing read 7 Feb. 2011
By H. Nguyen - Published on
When I received the Poker Blueprint as a Christmas present, I brushed it aside because I didn't recognize the authors' names. Anyone who is familiar with poker knows that bad advice is more detrimental to your game than no advice. This is why I rarely read poker books anymore.

However, my brother kept winning online and for the first time in my life, I was having a tough time dealing with the aggressive nature of online poker. I asked him for advice and he said, "I told you to read the Poker Blueprint."

I finally gave in and was blaming for myself for not giving in sooner. The content was amazing.

Usually, with most poker books, the authors give generic advices that aren't practical to the games you play in. They don't teach you how to think about poker and what variables you should consider when analyzing a hand. The Poker Blueprint is different.

The authors go step by step to teach you the nuances of online poker. Then they teach you how to play pre-flop, the flop, the turn, and the river. I didn't know there was so much analysis and psychology warfare involved in a poker hand. The post-flop section was mind blowing. This comes from someone who has read other popular series such as Harrington on Holdem and Kill Everyone.

I was so impressed with the book, I Googled for the author's background and holy s***, I didn't know Nguyen was the leading authority for online poker education and is a well-respected figure in the poker community. He has written many popular books for professional poker players and has won hundreds of thousands playing poker online. I felt embarrassed for my initial judgment.

Anyway, buy the book. You'll learn something. Thank me later.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read but filled with info 12 Sept. 2011
By Jimsiggy - Published on
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I am a struggling poker player win some/loose some. This book is packed full of knowledge from a professional and i believe my game will benefit from it. Problem is, like others have said, the layout is sometimes hard to follow, and it is poorly edited. Lots of typos and hard to understand situations. The concepts in the book could have been laid out more clearly; had more time been taken to proof read, if it actually was.
I am putting the information to use in my play, but I am having to read and reread in order to implement the concepts in the book.
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