Best Free Poker Book 2024 [Written by a Pro]

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Are you looking for a free poker book that was actually written by a poker pro?

For the first time ever I am re-releasing my hugely popular "Massive Profits at the Micros" free poker strategy book.

This is the free poker strategy guide (read by over 100k people now) that outlines the exact poker strategies I used to create the highest winnings in online poker history at the micros.

Never before has somebody with real proven results at the poker table created a step by step guide to get you winning at the low stakes tables, and it is totally free.

Best Free Poker Book - Massive Profit at the Micros

Massive Profit at the Micros is the only free poker book available on the internet today that was actually written by a real poker pro with real proven results at the tables.

My name is Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams and I have been an online poker pro for over 10 years.

I am best known for having some of the highest winnings in online poker history at the lower stakes. I have also written 3 best selling poker books on how to crush these games.

Now, I get a lot of emails and comments from poker beginners (perhaps just like you) who are having a hard time figuring out how to win at the poker tables.

So that is why I decided to write a free poker book to help you finally start learning how to win consistently at the lower stakes.

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I have had a lot of success of these stakes and so it is my way of giving back. I also know that a lot of low stakes players are on a small bankroll with limited funds to invest in expensive poker training.

So unlike most other high priced poker training out there I decided to simply give this poker strategy guide away for free.

Yes, seriously. It's free.

My free poker book teaches you step by step how to start consistently crushing low limit poker games whether you play online, live, cash games, tournaments or Zoom.

Read it, study it and finally start winning big in small stakes poker games.

It is that simple.

If you would like to receive a copy of my hugely popular free poker book Massive Profit at the Micros, just enter your name below and tell me what email address to send it to.

What This Free Poker Book Will Teach You

So what are you going to learn in Massive Profit at the Micros?

Well, I teach you step by step how to start playing a solid TAG (tight and aggressive) poker strategy to crush low stakes poker games. And it doesn't matter if you play online or in the casino.

The strategies in this free poker book work perfectly well for both. 

In my free poker guide you will learn:
  • What poker hands to play
  • When to raise and bluff
  • How to read their poker hand
  • How to do basic poker math quickly
  • What poker sites I personally play on as a pro
  • What poker software tools I personally use as a pro
  • How I deal with bad beats and stay off tilt
  • How to start consistently making $1000+ a month with online poker

I also provide you with charts showing exactly which hands you should play in each situation. For example, these are what hands you should play in 6max games (those marked in yellow):

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I also show you step by step how I study my own poker game in order to fix my leaks. And how I study my opponents to create the new strategies to consistently beat them.

It doesn't matter if you play live, online, tournaments, cash games or Zoom, Massive Profit at the Micros is the #1 free poker book that will get you winning big quickly.

Now, people ask me all the time why I give away all this information for free. In fact a few people have even begged me to stop doing this.

And I agree, it is kind of crazy.

I could easily sell this free poker book for a lot of money. It has helped over 100k people improve their poker winnings now.

But I really wanted to do something different than every other so called "poker coach" out there. I simply do not believe that all poker training needs to be ridiculously expensive!

So this is why I set out to create the best free poker guide in the world and then just give it away to poker beginners like you, completely for free. 

I also wanted to give you the real proven strategies that I have personally used to create some of the highest winnings in online poker history at the micro stakes.

I have made a lot of money in these games over the years and so this is also my way of giving back.

To download my free poker book right now, click here.

Fair warning, I can't promise that it is going to remain free forever :)

Free Poker Book Sample Chapter (Advanced Flop Strategy)

What follows below is a sample chapter from my free poker guide showing you how to play a solid TAG (tight and aggressive) poker strategy after the flop.

TAG Poker (Postflop)

So now that we got all that preflop stuff out of the way, let’s get to the area of bigger concern, postflop. And what I mean by that specifically is the flop, turn and river.

How do you crush your opponents on these streets in small stakes games? You are about to learn how!

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The flop, turn and river is where the best players really excel and separate themselves from everybody else. So it is important that you have a solid strategy.

Once again, I would suggest using a similar TAG style of play after the flop as well. So once again what does this actually mean in practice though?

The Flop

If you follow the preflop advice given above, then you should have the betting lead a lot of the time when you see a flop. I would suggest making a continuation bet (CBet) most of the time as well.
  • You should CBet the flop roughly 2/3 of the time versus one player.
  • Your CBet size should typically be 1/2 to 2/3 of the pot size (e.g. pot is $10, CBet $5 or $6).

Note: Make sure that you tone it down if you are up against multiple opponents on the flop because the chances of somebody having a good hand go way up.

Therefore, it will be much more difficult to take down the pot. You should typically have some sort of decent made hand when you decide to make a CBet in this situation (top pair or good draw).

What Hands Should You Make a Continuation Bet With?

Most of the time on the flop though you will only be up against one player. So let's discuss what hands you should make a continuation bet with.

Since I suggest that you make a CBet about 2/3 of the time, it is most of them. Against a single opponent you should make a CBet if you connect with the board in any way.

This means any pair and any draw.

For example:

You have A8 and the flop comes 567
You have JT and the flop comes KT3

You should also be CBetting quite frequently versus a single opponent with ace high, king high, queen high and sometimes even worse especially if you are IP (in position).

For example:

You have AQ and the flop comes 855
You have 56 and the flop comes A92

What Hands Should You NOT Make a Continuation Bet With?

Ok, so now that you know what hands to make a flop CBet with (most of them), let's discuss the more important part, which ones NOT to make a CBet with.

I would suggest not making a CBet if you are OOP (out of position) with nothing and you don’t think that the chances are very good that your opponent will fold.

There are two main reasons why your opponent will not fold:
  • He/she is a calling station
  • The board is wet and coordinated 

Many of your opponents at the micros will be beginners or recreational players. Many of them like to call a lot. This is why it is not wise to run big time bluffs at these stakes.

If you use a poker HUD like I discuss later on in this free poker book, then you can simply look for players with a WTSD% of 30 or more.

This is a calling station (a player who likes to call a lot with bad hands). These are the kinds of players who you do not want to bluff.

This is why often when you are OOP versus a calling station and you have nothing at all, it is better to not even waste a flop CBet on them!

This is especially the case on wet and coordinated flops such as:




There are a ton of hands that potentially could have hit these boards in some way. Your opponent (especially if they are loose) could have so many different straight and flush draws, pairs, two pairs and pair + draw hands on these flops.

So if you have nothing at all and you are OOP against a calling station on a wet and coordinated flop like those above, then often the most “profitable” play is actually to just check and give up.

I know it might sound "weak." But always remember that poker is not an ego contest. Sometimes simply cutting your losses and giving up is in fact the most profitable decision in the long run.

Raising the Flop

What about if you are the preflop caller though? Most of the time you can probably expect to face a CBet. So you can either raise, call or fold.

If you happen to have a very strong hand (top pair top kicker or better) then I would suggest almost always raising the flop at these limits. In other words, don’t slow-play your hand. Fast-play it instead.


Remember how I said that many players at these limits are passive and like to call a lot? Well this is exactly why it is a bad idea to slow-play when you have a big hand.

By the way, my strategy is completely different against good aggressive poker players. Watch this video I made about advanced flop strategy versus good winning poker players.

However, versus a bad poker player you have to build the pot for them at these stakes by betting and raising. And don’t worry about scaring them off either!

This is a huge hangup that some people have. Sometimes they simply aren’t going to have anything and therefore they are going to fold no matter what you do.

You should also learn to start raising your good draws from time to time against the regulars who CBet the flop way too much.

A lot of the time they will have very little and you can take it down without even having to improve your hand.

For example:

An aggressive regular raises preflop from early position in a 6max Zoom game online.

You decide to call on the button with AT

The flop comes:


The aggressive regular makes a CBet

What should you do?

This is a spot where you should often be RAISING. You have a huge draw with two over-cards and the nut flush draw as well.

Sure, you could just call and hope to hit your draw here like most people would. But by raising you give yourself another way to win the pot, making your opponent fold right now.

This is the play that most winning poker players will make. Because winning poker is all about giving yourself the most ways to win the pot.

Flat Calling the Flop

However, as you probably know by now, making a big hand in poker is hard. Really hard in fact.

The large majority of the time after the flop you will have a weak pair or a draw at best. Often you will have nothing at all.

So what should you do then? You should just flat call a CBet with:
  • Top pair hands
  • Middle pair hands
  • Draws (although sometimes raise the strong ones versus aggressive regulars as just mentioned)

It is very important to note here that you should still be folding the large majority of the time when you have nothing though. And this includes hands like bottom pair and very weak draws like a gutshot straight draw as well.

One of the biggest keys to success at the lower end of the micros in particular is avoiding FPS (fancy play syndrome). If you have nothing, just fold!

I hope you enjoyed that sample chapter from my free poker book.

Massive Profit at the Micros is basically your free "poker cheat sheet" to start crushing low stakes poker games (online or in the casino).

Read it, study it and start winning. It is that simple.

You can get your copy of my free poker book right here.

Free Poker Guide Sample Chapter (How to Manage Your Bankroll Like the Pros)

Here is another sample chapter from my free poker book where I discuss bankroll management and how to move up the stakes rapidly in small stakes poker games.

Poker Bankroll Management

Having the right strategy at the poker tables is extremely important but there are several other factors that go into creating massive profits as well.

Bankroll management is one of the most important of these. Your poker "bankroll" by the way is just a term for the money you have set aside to play poker.

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Now look, in the long run poker is a game of pure skill.

The cream always rises to the top eventually. However poker is also a game that comes with plenty of ups and downs (luck) in the short run. And it doesn't matter how "good" you are.

Nobody is above these swings. And I don't care if your name is Daniel Negreanu. He loses at poker sometimes too.

The technical term for this by the way is “variance.”

Something that you will have to get used to even at the very lowest stakes is losing days. Sometimes you can do absolutely everything right but still lose even against really bad poker players.

It is important to understand that this is actually a good thing though (yes really).

The reason why bad poker players keep depositing money and funding the entire industry is because sometimes they get lucky and win.

You see, if poker were a game like chess where there is no luck in the short run, then they would get sick of losing and either quit the game or get better. Poker would then cease to be profitable.

However the beautiful thing about poker is that there is a large element of luck in the short run. This allows bad poker players to win just often enough to sustain their interest in the game.

It also allows them to remain in a perpetual state of denial about their own abilities and blame their lack of success on “bad luck.”

Long story short here:

Due to the turbulent nature of poker in the short term we must be properly bankrolled in order to withstand the variance.

So once again, what does this actually mean in practice?
  • I would suggest that you have at least 30 buyins for any stake that you are playing.

And more is always better.

By the way, when I say “buyin” I am referring to the maximum amount of money that you can put on the table in most micro stakes cash games which is 100 big blinds.

Poker Bankroll Management (Cheat Sheet For When to Move Up Stakes)

So at NL5 online for example (2c/5c blinds) the maximum buyin is typically $5. This is also 100 big blinds.

This means that I would recommend you have at least $150 in your bankroll in order to play this game (30 x $5 = $150).

I know this might seem like a lot to you right now, but trust me, poker can be a brutal game sometimes in the short run. Variance can get crazy.

Therefore, it is extremely important to be properly bankrolled for the games you are playing in. In fact, here are my bankroll recommendations for all micro stakes cash games online.

The very lowest stake at most online poker rooms is NL2 (1c/2c blinds). The maximum buyin here is typically $2. So I would recommend having a $60 bankroll when you start playing this game (30 x $2 = $60).

Cheat Sheet For When to Move Up Stakes:
  • Move up from NL2 to NL5 when you have $150 in your bankroll
  • Move up from NL5 to NL10 when you have $300 in your bankroll
  • Move up from NL10 to NL25 when you have $750 in your bankroll
  • Move up from NL25 to NL50 when you have $1500 in your bankroll
  • Move up from NL50 to NL100 when you have $3000 in your bankroll

If you follow this plan above I think it is possible for someone who takes poker seriously to go from the 1c/2c games (NL2) to the 50c/$1 (NL100) games in a single calendar year.

You should look to move up to the next stake every 2 months or so. Keep in mind that NL100 is the first stake where good players can make $50K or even more per year with consistent play.

In other words, "quit your job money" for some people. Or least a solid significant side income from poker for most.

These are the stakes where poker also starts to get really fun because the amount of money you can make can have a real impact on your life.

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As an online poker pro my "office" is literally anywhere on earth

I should mention that the number of poker tables you choose to play does not really affect anything here in a major way. People ask me about this a lot.

And the reason why is because variance in poker remains the same no matter what the table count is. This is assuming that your level of play and decision making remain the same.

If you are a crazy mass multi-tabler like I used to be playing 20 or 30 tables at a time, then the quality of your play certainly may suffer though and therefore you might want to have more bullets in your bankroll.

But I should also mention that many people prefer to have 40, 50 or even more buyins for the limit that they are playing anyways. I think this a good thing especially if you are currently struggling to win.

The lower your winrate the higher your variance will be. So a bigger bankroll is always preferable. Having a bigger poker bankroll also makes it much easier to handle the swings psychologically.

This is always a good thing especially for poker beginners who suffer from tilt issues. See the chapter on tilt control later on in this free poker book by the way for more on that.

So the bottom line is that 30 buyins is my bare minimum recommendation for online poker bankroll management. But more is always better.

I know this will still seem like a crazy amount to some people. But trust me, after playing 10+ million hands of online poker, I know how crazy the swings can get in this game.

If you choose to only deposit $10 or $20 you are really just setting yourself up for failure. I believe that your bankroll is the one thing you should never need to worry about at the poker tables.

Once again, this is just one free chapter from my free poker guide. If you would like to download the entire poker book for free right now, click here.

Are Free Poker Books Worth It?

People often ask me if free poker books are really worth it. For the most part, I would say no.

Other than my free poker book above, most free poker books available today are honestly total crap. They are a handful of pages at best with the most basic poker strategy possible.

But you can't really blame the authors.

I have written 3 full length poker books myself and each one was an exhausting process that took 6 months to a year.

As you can imagine, nobody is going to spend 6 months to a year of their life writing a poker book and then give it away for free!

This is not even to mention the value of the high level poker knowledge contained in a good poker book.

So if you want the best advanced poker strategy for today's poker games, written by the very best players, then I am sorry to tell you, but it probably won't be free.

What Are the Best Poker Books for Beginners?

How about the best poker books for a beginner though?

Well, there are a few that stand out. However, once again, I believe that my own book, Crushing the Microstakes stands clearly above the rest.

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And that is because this is the only beginner level poker book ever written specifically for the very lowest stakes games, whether you play online or live.

And since I have some of the best results in the low stakes poker games in online poker history, you know that you are learning the very best strategies possible.

Crushing the Microstakes has now been read by over 10,000 people and it is often listed as one of the best poker beginner books ever written.

Indeed, it has been reviewed by nearly every single poker publication in the world now, both big and small.

For example, here is the review for Crushing the Microstakes.

The other thing about Crushing the Microstakes is that unlike other books it also comes with an optional video course add-on.

This means that after reading the poker strategies in the book, you can watch me play poker as I apply them (6+ hours of video in 6max, Zoom and full ring).

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There are 9 videos in total (6+ hours). Download each one and watch them on the go!

No other author makes the material come alive like this. You learn the strategies that I created to post some of the highest winnings of all time and the lowest stakes, and then I show you exactly how to implement them at the poker tables.

I split up the course into 6max (3 videos), Zoom (3 videos), full ring (3 videos), so that no matter what format you play, you will learn the very best poker strategies in the world to crush these games.

If you are new to poker and you are looking for a good poker beginner book or a poker beginner course, there is no better option available today.

You can pick up your copy of Crushing the Microstakes (and the video course), right here.

Final Thoughts

So what is the best free poker guide or free poker book available today?

Well, I believe that Massive Profit at the Micros is easily the most comprehensive and effective free poker guide in the world today.

It is basically your "poker cheat sheet" to start beating low stakes poker games, either online or in the casino.

You learn the actual tight and aggressive strategies (TAG) that poker pros like myself are using to crush low stakes poker games.

In fact, many people have even told me that my free poker guide is better than most other paid poker strategy books out there!

This free poker book costs you nothing. Read it, study it and start winning. Simple.

You can thank me later :)

To get your copy of my free poker book right now, click here.


Let me know in the comments below if my free poker guide helped you increase your poker winnings. 

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  1. I read your free poker book when I was first starting out in poker and it helped me tremendously. Thanks for all you do!

    1. Thanks TJ glad it helped! Thanks being a long time reader here on my blog :)