The Poker Blueprint

The Poker Blueprint

Authors: Tri "SlowHabit" Nguyen, Aaron Davis
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The Definitive Book for Crushing 50NL & 100NL in 2012!

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In The Poker Blueprint, high-stakes player and best-selling author Tri Nguyen addresses the key concepts and common mistakes that prevent good players from crushing small-stakes. 

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FROM THE POKER BLUEPRINT, YOU WILL LEARN:

checkmark Why The Poker Blueprint is considered one of the best poker books among professional poker players ... Go to page 10

checkmark How to CRUSH 6-max and short-handed poker ... Secrets revealed on Page 20

checkmark How to play 3-bet pots ... Secrets revealed on page 177

checkmark How to fire 3 barrels to get your opponents to fold ... See page 237

checkmark How to play overpairs on wet boards ... Read page 108

checkmark How to handle donk bets ... Secrets revealed on Page 122

checkmark How to defend from the blinds and what ranges you should 3-bet with ... Go to page 185

checkmark How to win pots without premium holdings ... Secrets revealed on page 97

checkmark How to crush your opponents using this simple tactic ... See page 177

checkmark How to increase your win-rate with a tiny adjustment to your game ... Go to page 184

checkmark How to be the best player at your table the moment you sit down ... See page 14 immediately

checkmark How to bluff big and gets rewarded for it ... Read page 235

checkmark How to deal with downswings without stressing yourself … Read page 238

checkmark How to calculate odds on the fly … Go to Page 34

checkmark 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! 

The Poker Blueprint Testimonials

8_high (a 100nl 6m reg) "The Poker Blueprint was the best poker book I've ever read, absolutely every single sentence in the entire book makes sense and is immediately applicable to today's tougher 100nl 6max games."

TwoPlusTwo poster Chok1"I must say that 'The Poker Blueprint' to me is bar far the best help for a struggling microstakes player."

DeucesCracked poster TheGreek "I'd highly recommend 'The Poker Blueprint.' Very well presented, clear, concise and covers a lot. Excellent value for money."

Small-stakes player Jos3fM4rk"The Blueprint is a “must read” for today’s micro and small stakes players. Actually, it’s a “must read, and read again and read again” because there is so much meat in every chapter."

Small-stakes player JulieAnnW"My game has improved more dramatically from reading this book than any other book I have read on poker and I have over 100 books on poker. I think what separates The Poker Blueprint from other books is that it is technically a beginner book - starting with hand ranges etc. - but it sneaks in some advanced (level 2 and level 3) information so you learn how to really think about the game." 

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By LirvA

September 23, 2010

I just finished my first read through of The Poker Blueprint and I have to say it really is a great book. It is pretty dense though, so I'd recommend reading it all the way through once and then going back and rereading it and really studying it.

After this first read through I think a couple of the things that really stuck out for me was thinking ahead about which turn cards you can continue your aggression on, and the importance of picking up dead money. One thing that I've had problems with in the past was what to do after my flop cbets get called. Instead of "well now wtf do I do?" on the turn, I need to be thinking on the flop "if I get called here what cards can I continue with on the turn?". I've definitely given up dead money in the past because of my flop cbets getting called and not knowing what to do afterwards. I'm confident that studying this book will go a long way towards patching that leak.

I want to mention that I'm a SNG player, but I think some of the things in this book are definitely applicable to some aspects of SNG play, and I've already seen improvement in my game after the first read through.

Another thing that's really helped me is the bankroll chapter. I read this a few months ago on part time poker, and it made me realize I was being complacent and cashing out too much instead of moving up in stakes. I've now moved up from the 6.50 level to the 16 level and am planning on moving up to the 22 level as soon as I can. Tri is right. Why grind out a mediocre profit at lower stakes when you can move up and improve and make a lot more money? Grinding out 10 measly dollars an hour at low stakes is a wasted life imo. Go for the riches. Take maney the f do.

This is a great book, and I'd recommend it to anyone, even MTT or SNG players. Knowing how to "play poker" as they say can only help your game, even if you're a tourney player.

It will probably require a few reads, and I hope that doesn't turn some people off cause they think it's too much work or something, but I look at it kind of like a great movie or album. You're probably gonna miss some things the first time and you'll catch more and more of them the more times you watch or listen.

And finally I just gotta say, I'd recommend the paper back cause the cover is just so ****ing bitchin.

Highly recommend

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By peter hollmann

November 16, 2010

As the other review states - this requires a few reads, because the information is so good. While reading your thinking "If I can understand and apply this" I'll have it over so many players.

Treat it like a textbook, write notes and be honest with yourself that you truly understand a concept. Take your time.

In saying this, it's not anyway dry - the concepts come across clear and it feels like they are just chatting to you.

Well worth it.

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By Jonathan Yueh

December 7, 2010

What an amazing book.

I've basically read all the books about micro and small stakes out there. Including Harrington on Holdem, Small Stakes No Limit , Professional No Limit Holdem, etc etc. This on is my favourite. The reason I like this is because it has so much useful information without spamming sentences. It gets right to the point.

Things I like about this book:

- Great size text. Easy to read. Just a great package
- Simple and easy to understand concepts
- Current and up to date with todays online game

I would recommend this book to anyone who just started playing(a noob) or wants to increase their win rate. Even regulars should get this book because it will help to refresh the basics. I watch a lot of training videos but something about physically holding a book in your hand really makes you memorize the text.

Tri and Aaron got the online game nailed down. This book truly is a blueprint to poker. I just wished I would of bought this book sooner.

A+

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By CasperGraversgaard

December 7, 2010

This the first book i ever readed from tri.
I got it recomend from alot of players and thought it sounded good.
When i first started to read it, it coulden stop reading, because there was so mutch infomation i never knew.
It helped my game so mutch, i learned to stop giveing up alot of pots.
keeping agresive, and pounding alot of fishes,
all in all the best book out there for small stakes and micro.
If you want to make some great money from your poker game, Buy this book.
I went from grinding small stakes with no bankroll, to use tris bankroll management. Just that helped my rool explode so fast with hes stragetys.
But i think you shall read it, read it agian, and read it agian to get all the infos.

Thanks tri :)

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By kummybear

December 8, 2010

I have to say that poker blueprint has got to be the best poker book/e-book for a beginner making the switch from live to online. I have read Harrington on online cash games before purchasing poker blueprint, which I can safely say is much better value for money. Blueprint gives you exactly what a beginner needs, starting hand charts, how to calculate basic maths, and some post-flop strategy. It also has some value for SSNL, as Tri teaches you how to deal with villains who 3-bet light, which is mostly seen in SSNL and above. Additionally, the price of blueprint is extremely competitive, and even if you pick up only one new concept, it is still worth it in the long run. For me, it has helped me plugged many leaks such as calling 3-bets too lightly, calling with Axs in the blinds and C-betting almost 100%, regardless of board texture. I am truly happy that I have found this website. I am a satisfied customer!
The support of Daily Variance is superb, all my inquires and purchases have been replied within 24 hours, especially surprising because it seems like DV is a one-man show, showing how committed Tri is to his customers.
Happy 2nd birthday Daily Variance!

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By Aquilaman

December 12, 2010

I've got a masters in biology and thus learning with books has become something I am very used to and also that I am used to. This applies to learning Poker for me as well, I always wanted to have a print out in my hands. Over the last 3 years I have read dozens of poker books, mainly those from 2+2. Before TPB was released I read about it on the forums and thought that the title was “catchy” and from the content it seemed to include the important concepts for NL. Thus I took advantage of the pre-release price and awaited it eagerly...Once I had, I misused the printer at my university to print it out and finally had it in my hands. A quick glance through the book showed me that each chapter is written in a more compact and short form compared to the 2+2 books. The information is much more dense! While reading it I never felt like what the author has written is to hard to understand, everything has been written in a clear and easy language without missing important facts. I really liked that the author incorporated tools/topics like hand combinatorics or the usage of pokerstove, something I had not seen in any other poker book so far, but obviously from an online players perspective absolute standard. By the way, I was playing NL25 at that time. Since reading the book and applying and surely sometimes missapplying the information here and there I have managed to move up to NL100, while cashing out relatively frequently (missapplying Tris advice regarding bankroll management right there ;)
Anyway, I really think that this book includes all you need to know to beat NL up to 100 at least. The information is as I said very dense, thus you most likely have to reread it and really think about everything, otherwise a lot of information will be lost. If you want to get the basics and more straight, then this is the book for you! Good luck at the tables...

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By Whamfish

December 13, 2010

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.

-Whamfish

About the reviewer
My name is Drew I go by “Whamfish” online. During the day, I'm a PhD student in Molecular Evolution at Penn State. I've been playing for a little over a year and have been maintaining a 48% ROI in microstake MTTs. Recently I've been on a quest to move up to a 10-12$ ABI, I bought “The Poker Blueprint” as part of my homework to help me with this transition.

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By irudoramas

December 13, 2010

Hello everyone! My name is Iru and I'm 21. I play poker for two years, NLHE cash games only for about nine months.
I started learning cash right at the bottom at NL2, with constant study of twoplustwo forums and some poker books. 3 months later, I found myself kind of stuck at NL25, with no idea what so ever on how to improve any further.
Despite being a bit of a winner at 3bb/100, I had no idea what was the next step in the poker learning curve other than playing more and more and hoping to learn by trial & error. I had read a few books including Harrington on Cash games and Doyle Brunson's Super System, but I found them quite basic and too old for today's online games. That's when I heard of Dailyvariance.

After reading a few comments on DV books on 2p2 books & publications forum, i headed straight to its page and read about all book excerpts. I was very motivated as it felt like I had found a source of modern poker information, and I bought The Poker Blueprints book. Then my game changed dramatically.
Once I had read it about three times and started to put its advice in my daily games, I found myself in very few tough situations, barely had any hands where I would feel totally lost, situations that were happening to me a lot in the past. I was CBetting too much and without a plan for future streets, I had no understanding of showdown value, and checking back second pair type hands on the flop was something I had never even considered. Within a month and ~ 50k hands I saw my CBetting percentage drop about 10% with its success increasing by about 15%. I was keeping small pots for small hands and trying to avoid (not to create them as I used to) marginal situations with marginal holdings. Despite me being a Full Ring player, the book still had a ton of valuable information that would do very good to any player below NL200.

Below are some examples of hands that I now play much better thanks to Poker blueprints.

- FR NL25, 9 players seated, Hero is UTG with AKo.

Hero raises to 3bb UTG, it folds to the CO who calls.

Flop: 5d 7c 8d

I was allways Cbetting this board. I used to think that since I opened EP and given my tight stats (VPIP 15%, PFR 12%), I could represent an overpair JJ+. Obviously, about all CBets on boards like this failed. I never stopped to think that a good player's range for calling my EP open is not really AJ/AQ, but mostly pocket pairs 22-JJ and some suited connectors, and none of those hands are folding on this flop. Villain is likely to have a set, a gutshot with a hand like pocket nines / fours, or an open ender straight draw with 66. If it wasn't enough, I was double barreling Tx turns to keep representing my overpair. Total disaster. Nowadays I just check/fold this flop and proceed to the next hand: the money is not to be found in this particular situation.

- FR NL25, 9 players steated, Hero is MP2 with KQss.

Hero raises to 3bb, SB calls.

Flop: 2c 5s Td

My standard was to CBet (again, I had a CBet % of around eighty !) then give up. Nowadays, If I decide to CBet, I already have a plan to barrel many turn cards since I believe Villain's range here is something like 22-JJ, AT-AK, perhaps KTs. So, let's say Villain calls and...

Turn: Jh or
Turn: As

Villain checks to me. I now barrel these cards as I believe it's going to be hard for villain to continue if he had a Ten or worse. I used to check back the turn to draw to my straight / flush for free, then hopefully win a big pot on the river with the nuts. Needless to say that's wrong thinking! Villain's range on the flop was mostly weak pairs, the fold equity of a turn bet here more than makes up for the times we check back, hit on the river and villain doesn't pay us with his weak holdings. A turn barrel on an overcard such as a J,Q,K or A is going to be a nightmare for our opponent who is more than likely to fold, and if he calls, then we still have outs to hit our draw on the river, and pot will be bigger by then for the times we hit.

I hope I didn't overextend myself too much and I hope everyone is able to understand how good of an advice there is in this book. My barreling game is much better now, so are my well-thought continuation bets. The section on outs & odds also helped me a ton, since I was paying about anything with a flush draw and was losing huge with my draws.
I recommend the Poker Blueprints to anyone who is looking to take his game to the next level and finally get past NL50-NL100.

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By jj235

December 13, 2010

To whom it may concern:
I purchased your 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!

Sincerely,
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.

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By JulieAnnW

December 13, 2010

My game has improved more dramatically from reading this book than any other book I have read on poker and I have over 100 books on poker. I think what separates The Poker Blueprint from other books is that it is technically a beginner book - starting with hand ranges etc. - but it sneaks in some advanced (level 2 and level 3) information so you learn how to really think about the game. For example, the hand examples don't just cover the topic being discussed. They also include tidbits about how Villain's prior actions affect his range and how we can proceed on future streets. So you get a more coherent picture of how each topic fits into a poker hand. This makes it easier to apply the concepts at the table because they are not presented in complete isolation as in other books. It also makes the book quite dense. I've been through the book once and have started my second pass because I know it will take multiple passes for me to make sure I have integrated everything into my game.
If you want to start thinking for yourself at the table rather than mindlessly trying to apply plays that you may not fully understand, then you need The Poker Blueprint.

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By eselspiel

December 13, 2010

I suspect my background is different than most. I'm in my forties and until recently only played live poker. I played a lot of home games many years ago, but the play was terrible. A few years ago, I started playing low limit hold'em at a nearby casino. After watching most of the $ on the table get vacuumed up by the rake, I switched to no limit.
The post flop play in no limit was much different than I encountered in limit and I often found myself in difficult positions.
As one who only played live, many of the concepts were new to me, but I found them valuable to my live games as well. The book has helped me move up a level in my thinking about opponents and their tendencies.
The post flop section of the poker blueprint is excellent and helped tremendously. It added a dimension and aggression to my game that was lacking and has greatly increased the number and size of pots I have won.
I am now venturing into the online micros (< 1000 hands) and havealready seen the concepts in this book be profitable.
I carry the e-book in my phone and to keep the concepts fresh, review and study it whenever I can.

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By Jos3fM4rk

December 13, 2010

One of the best recommendations my coach made early on was for me to buy The Poker Blueprint. The ebook is format is easy on the eyes with clear and concise wording and illustrations.

The Blueprint is a “must read” for today’s micro and small stakes players. Actually, it’s a “must read, and read again and read again” because there is so much meat in every chapter.

I still get something new out of it every time I go through it. Thanks Aaron and Tri for a great resource; and mega-thanks to my coach for the great recommendation.

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By larrondo212

December 14, 2010

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, as are the ones listed on this site. 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 167 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.

Larrondo.

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By gheti

December 14, 2010

I have been playing online poker as a hobby for a little over a year now but always had felt a little uncomfortable playing 6 max cash games. I would just play really tight at full ring.

After reading this book, I feel MUCH more comfortable with my decisions on all streets and play mainly 6 max cash games at the micros. One frustrating thing for me before reading this was that I would often have no clue if my play is anywhere near correct, so I would lose money and be frustrated that I don't know if it was bad luck or bad play. This book provides a framework, or quite literally a blueprint, for you to start developing your game around that leaves you feeling comfortable with a default play or line of thinking to rely on. Even if in years to come my game does not resemble much of the Poker Blueprint, I will always remember that a large part of my foundation from which I grew WAS the Poker Blueprint, which gave me the confidence to develop my own game.

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By Harold Bahr

December 14, 2010

Prior to purchasing The Poker Blueprint, I struggled as a microstakes player at $5NL (which is embarrassing) because I was a weak/tight player. From the math chapter, I did as instructed, memorizing the bluffing and calling frequency charts. The bluffing frequency chart finally gave me more courage to attempt well-timed river bluffs, increasing my win rate, without having to go to showdown. The double barreling chapter taught me that I had previously c-bet flops too often and then giving up on the turn when the villain called. Finally, the check-raising chapter provided me the first meaningful instruction on when to check-raise--material I had never seen before. Thanks to the Blueprint, I have stopped being a wet noodle at the tables. With my increased aggression has come higher variance, but I have become a much better reader of my opponent's range and have learned to pick up many pots, which I would have lost previously. Finally, the chapter on bankroll management gave me the courage to regularly play 10NL and 25NL, stakes at which I have more success than at 5NL.

If you're looking to go from anemic to aggressive then you need to get this book. The book will more than pay for itself with your increased win rate.

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By tobdog

December 14, 2010

I purchased Tri’s book The Poker Blueprint after finding it by accident. Originally, I thought this was going to be another rehashed book of old information that promises to teach me all kinds of new things, I was wrong, very wrong.

First off, he talks about things that many authors cover at the end of their books, his concept of learning, some intangibles that don’t deal with play as they do about what to look for to make your game profitable, and gets the math part out of the way before he starts with any of the fundamentals.

The rest of the book is laid out in the order you would play a hand from preflop to river play. Each section has sample hands, but he shows why his recommendations are solid, and, more importantly, what happens in many cases if one of the variables changes. The book is not going to have you reading off charts, although there are some in the preflop section, but will teach you to understand and formulate a sound thinking process. I thought of it like this, someone can tell you HOW to play ABC poker, but The Poker blueprint teaches you how to think about what should come after A and come up with your own conclusions, higher limit players already do this, this is just the jumpstart to getting there.

Once I get out of micro-land, I plan on reading The NL Workbook and eventually LTBR, but I feel I need to get down my foundation first, The Poker Blueprint has helped my on that path.

Thanks Tri

TobDog

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By eloso

December 14, 2010

I had already slogged through a bunch of small stakes poker books before this but this is hands down the best one around.
For most players that have a decent but not huge amount of experience and have read various other books, this book is the perfect jumping board. You get a quick review of the basics and quickly find yourself digging through hands and figuring out hand ranges along with the book. This was easily the best part of reading this book for me. The moment you start assigning ranges while you play and narrowing that range on each street is the moment you take a serious jump in skill.
Furthermore, even though Tri introduces advanced concepts (balancing, 4bet bluffs, etc) he is careful to caution the reader about which plays might or might not work at lower stakes where this will just cost you money. This is another striking difference with other authors who often unwittingly let loose a bunch of spewy players.
This is the book that finally set me on my path to truly learning poker as I play.

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By isles

December 15, 2010

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Since I had bought the e- copy,
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I can't say enough about the integrity of the information as well as the customer service. A great +EV combination!

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By Stonebizzle

December 15, 2010

I purchased the poker blue print purley based on price at first. I had a number of other books all of which I paid a much higher price for. I think the book is one of the first that knows it's place in the Market and will remain current for a long time.

The information given wasn't anything that many of us have not read on forums or in other books, however the way it was presented and backed up is something I hadn't come across in a book or forums before. The thing I struggle with most is the math of poker and although the book doesn't go to in depth I wouldn't be suprised if like me many people didn't have the knowledge the book offers. Even if they do I think the way it's set out makes it easier to reference.

Overall I think the book is the best out there for smallstakes players, I think the information will get your old cogs spinning and spark new ideas in your game. Unlike most books you still have to use your brain and apply the information as you see fit. That's the true beauty about this book it forces you to learn and apply. The operning paragraph was also one of the biggest eye operners, I had become the grinder and this book gave me the drive to get back to learning and trying to move up the ladder.

Stonebizzle

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By Raising Cain

December 15, 2010

Learn not only what to do but WHY to do it. Thusly armed, poker will start looking much simpler. After reading a few books like this, I have become much better at analyzing the best play, drawing out various hand ranges and hand combinatorics. The right play given my assumptions often becomes very obvious and it is sometimes surprising what that play is... Many poker arguments that I hear my friends discussing are easily settled with the tools in these books. It is surprising to hear how people trained on the old school books get mired down in conflicting rules of thumb... this book gives you the tools to settle such conflicts. If you are already steeped in the hand-range/hand-combo lens, these books still give you a foil to practice on and an author-guide with his own unique insights into the process. Shipit.

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By Andrew Yeung

December 16, 2010

bought The Poker Blueprint a couple months ago and I thought it is a great book for beginners and intermediates who want to move from the micro stakes to the small stakes 6-max games. The Poker Blueprint helped me to realize that I should double and triple barrel at a higher frequency to make sure I don’t throw away money by only c-betting the flop and giving up. The Poker Blueprint also taught me the different hand combinations that both tight and loose players show up with in certain spots. After reading this book I also think more about the optimal bet size in every situation.
The Poker Blueprint opened my mind to the idea of being a learner rather than a grinder. By playing fewer tables, focusing on fewer opponents and critically thinking about every decision a poker player can minimize tilt, earn a higher win rate per table, make fewer mistakes and avoid burning out sooner. The biggest advantage of the learner mentality is that you open your mind to learn as much as you can before your passion for the game of poker fades. I also learned about Tri’s bankroll management technique about not withdrawing too much in the early stages of your development. Tri also emphasizes how you should try and move up in stakes as soon as possible before you become content with the level you’re at and to take a shot at the top so don’t go through life wondering what would have happened. Moving up quicker also increases win rate and allows you to quit your crappy part-time jobs.
The Poker Blueprint helps players develop both on and off the tables.

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By foolring

January 9, 2012

i found the material a little trite and outdated

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By ChokDee

August 27, 2012

This book is an absolute STEAL for any small or micro stakes player who is grinding away, with some success, but just can't seem to move up in stakes and play with confidence. It helped me to start learning the game again from the inside out and begin to understand WHY the strategies I already use in micro stakes are successful. The concepts are explained in a way that is helping me move up in stakes without feeling like I have no clue how other players are making decisions.

The chapters on hand ranges, playing from different positions, and poker math have been the most useful to me so far. These topics (especially poker math) have been presented over and over in other books but the presentation in this volume is crystal clear and easy to memorize.

I've read a good bit of material on poker theory and can honestly say this is one is very well written. Every chapter is clear, concise, and relevant the target audience - micro stakes players who want to move up.

ChokDee

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