What You’ll Get out of This Book

This book will teach you to become a solid, winning player, not only at the micro stakes but also at the live low stakes. More importantly, it’ll teach you to become a thinking poker player. The common theme of this book is to help you build a solid foundation for long-term poker success. I’ll do my best to impart all of the fundamental poker strategies and tactics you’ll need to know to master the micro stakes. We’ll focus on learning a tight, aggressive approach to the game by using a time-tested, proven strategy that works.

  • Over 140 Carefully Devised Practice & Example Poker Hand Scenarios
  • Free Enrollment into 17.5-Hour Crush Micro Stakes Poker Training Course at MicroGrinder Poker School


Are you new to poker or a struggling poker player? Do you want to be a profitable poker player? Do you want to learn how to master the micro stakes? If so, this book is for you. If you’re a beginning, losing, break-even, or slightly winning micro stakes cash game player, this book was written for you. This book will teach you everything you need to know to master 6-Max No Limit Hold’em micro stakes cash games and turn nickels, dimes and quarters into hundreds of dollars of profit.

Become a Master of Micro Stakes Online Poker

In this book you’ll learn everything you need to know to crush online micro stakes poker. I’ll teach you time-tested strategies for beating the micro stakes through a tight-aggressive approach to beating these games. My goal with this book is to teach you everything that I’ve learned throughout the years to help turn you into a solid, winning micro stakes poker player.

Contents & Overview

We’ll start off discussing why people lose at poker, then progress to essential topics where we cover concepts such as the power of position, reasons to bet, understanding equity, and other important concepts. From there we’ll jump to the next section, where we talk about our basic game plan and study strategies for beating the micro stakes. After that we’ll introduce HUD stats and basic player types. From there, we’ll move onto what I consider the meat and potatoes of the book, which are the last 3 sections of the book, where we discuss, pre-flop strategies, essential poker math, and post-flop strategies for mastering the micro stakes.

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I’ll admit that I’ve been struggling a bit at small stakes and made a conscious decision a month ago to move back down to micro-stakes while I work on fundamentals and conserve bankroll. I found this book about the same time and cannot say enough. Mr. Hardin does an excellent job of explaining through theory and practice why certain pre and post-flop play is more or less profitable, in relation to general probability and relative to specific player profiles. I appreciate that he talks pros and cons of various strategies including his own. My profitability has increased tremendously since picking up his book and implementing some of his strategies. I think this book, though geared towards micro stakes, would serve many small and medium-stake players well, especially live where many players employ strategies seen at micro-stakes online. Players should note he advocates for a tight aggressive strategy, where other small stakes books will advocate for somewhat looser play. The key is understanding where tighter versus looser play is warranted, and making necessary adjustments based on your opponents. If you are struggling, pick up this book and use it (unless you play against me of course!).

Amazon.com Customer Book Review

THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE for any serious micro-grinder. Alton is a great writer and coach. He has some amazing courses online, as well as some great books! After reading Essential Poker Math, I enrolled in a few of his courses online. When this book came out from him, I knew it was a must have for me! If I could only buy one Poker Resource for the Micro Stakes, this would be the one! Alton covers EVERYTHING you need to go from a losing poker to a Winning one! He starts by telling you why people lose at poker, then starts building your tool box of essentials (position, aggression, bankroll management, etc.). Then Mr. Hardin does what few others do, teaches you how to study poker! Simply picking a book up and reading it does not equal success... and this book shows you how to make your study equal profits. He also explains how to use a HUD, something not covered in live game books. From there, pre- and post-flop strategy are covered in depth, and the essential math that goes along with these concepts. This book is the roadmap from start to finish on how to see success at the Micro Stakes. THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE for anyone looking to take the Micro Stakes seriously! Thanks for the great addition to my arsenal, Alton!

Amazon.com Customer Book Review

Not only is this book to be carefully read -- it is to be savored and digested. Not only does the text thoroughly treat the micro stakes -- much is included that applies to all levels of play. Alton Hardin has done a meticulous job of walking the reader through the entire gamut of micro stakes concerns, as well as providing all poker players food for thought. This is the best book on micro stakes I've read thus far. I confess that I'm an "old school" poker player -- I still religiously read the last 92 pages or so of Doyle Brunson's Super System, which discusses his ideas on No Limit Hold 'Em play -- I tend to read that section of Super System when I feel as though I might be losing my aggressive edge. Alton Hardin's book is scholarly, and his ideas are well-documented. I deeply appreciate the obvious time and effort that went into the writing of this superb book. It may very well become your new Poker Bible, especially for the micro stakes. Thanks, Alton!

Amazon.com Customer Book Review

This is a great book for people like me that are starting to learn the basics of becoming a winning player at poker. It does a great job of taking you through the main concepts and then building on them to teach you the key strategies you need to know. I like the way it's written in clear, logical terms that take you step by step through the processes. I also love the free online course that comes with the book different people learn in different ways - I like the reinforcement you get by both reading and hearing the same concept. Seeing the author play various hands also helps understand what to do in specific scenarios. Highly recommended!

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