Interview with author and poker pro Jonathan Little

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 28, 2013 Posted in Interviews, Poker Player News | No Comments »

Little01Jonathan Little is a two-time World Poker Tour champion with nearly $5 million in career tournament earnings, and over the past few years Little has been divulging his secrets through his online poker training website www.floattheturn.com, as well as in his recently concluded 3-volume series, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, published by D&B Publishing.

After reviewing the recently released Volume 3 of this series I had the chance to pose a few questions to Jonathan, touching on his new life as a poker coach and author, as well as his career as a tournament poker pro.

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PokerNewsBoy.com: Now that you’ve completed all three volumes of Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker what are you final thoughts on the series as a whole?

Jonathan Little: I am strongly considering doing another book specifically on final table situations, as those vary drastically from standard tournament situations. This book will most likely be a year or two down the road as I haven’t started working on it.

So far, I am very happy with the series. I believe Volume 1 and 2 discuss all the concepts I view as important to playing tournament poker at a high level and I think Volume 3 clearly demonstrates how to apply the concepts.

PNB: Volume 3 of the series is similar to Volume 3 of Harrington on Hold’em in that it’s a workbook; was this planned from the outset?

JL: Not at all. I did not model my series of books off any other series. My goal was to explain everything I view as important about tournament poker them give a ton of examples, which is exactly what I have done.

PNB: Could you give my readers a little bit of insight into how you determined the point values you set forth for each possible decision in the hand examples?

JL: Basically, when presented with any decision in no limit Holdem, there is usually one great decision, one slightly worse decision, and then numerous significantly worse decisions. I wanted to let the reader know when they picked a good but not great answer and also let them know when they were thinking poorly.

PNB: Anyone that follows you knows that poker coaching is a big part of your life, what is it that drives you to want to impart the knowledge you have amassed and what is the most rewarding part of being a poker coach?

JL: When I first started playing, if it wasn’t for the wealth of knowledge in a few poker forums and books, I would not have become the player I am today. I remember wasting countless hours poring through bad or useless material to find a few hidden gems of knowledge. If I can save numerous players a ton of time, I am happy to because I think everyone’s time is important and should be used wisely.

PNB: Are there any other books or other projects in the pipeline?

JL: I am basically finished writing Positive Poker, a psychology book, with psychologist and poker player Dr Patricia Cardner. That should be out in the near future. I also recently released a 14 part series demonstrating short stacked poker on Amazon called Crushing Small Stake Tournaments. I also spend a lot of time making training videos for FloatTheTurn.com and I work closely with instapoker, bluesharkoptics, and 3bet clothing.

PNB: And finally, what does your 2013 WSOP schedule look like?

JL: I plan on playing a WSOP event basically every day. I’m looking forward to two solid months of hard work.



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