Modern Small Stakes

About Modern Small Stakes

My name is Nathan Williams, but I am better known in the online poker world as "BlackRain79", and for having some of the highest winnings in history at the lower stakes.

I am also the author of what some have called the "Bible" of micro stakes poker, Crushing the Microstakes.

Ever since I wrote that book people have been asking me if I would ever write another one for higher limits. 

The answer was originally no.

But given the reception that CTM would go on to gain, I eventually changed my mind. 

And so after well over a year in the making and countless revisions and delays later, Modern Small Stakes is finally a reality!

I have always been very clear about the intent and focus of my previous book, Crushing the Microstakes. 

It was written primarily for beginners and people struggling at the very lowest limits (NL2, NL4 and NL5 online or $1/$2 live).

It teaches a fundamentally solid, and positionally aware, brand of exploitative TAG (tight and aggressive) poker, that is wildly successful when playing against weak opponents in super low stakes games.

Proven Strategies to Consistently Beat Good Players in Higher Stakes Games

However, by the time you get to NL10 online (and NL25 for sure) the games start to change. Same thing goes for $2/$5 and $5/$10 live games.

No longer are most of the regulars complete beginners whose only real strategy is to "play tight."

And no longer are there recreational players on every table, ready to dust off a stack to you, every time they hit top pair.

As you climb up the stakes the regulars start to get a lot better. 

They take the game seriously and in many cases they are even actively thinking about how to exploit you!

For example:

You need to know how to play your J♠️J♦️ on a A♥️5♣️3♥️ flop, when a solid tight and aggressive regular player raises you.

Are they on a bluff? What about a flush draw? 

What percentage of the time did they actually hit the ace?

Modern Small Stakes provides you with the proven formulas to navigate difficult spots like this versus good players.

Intended Audience

  • NL10, NL25, NL50 and NL100 6max, Zoom and full ring poker games online.
  • $2/$5, $5/$10 and $10/$20 if you play live
  • Small to mid stakes buyin tournaments

If you play NL2, NL4 or NL5 (or struggled at these limits in general), then it is highly recommended that you check out my first book Crushing the Microstakes, which focuses directly on these games.

The same goes for low limit live games like $1/$2. 

Crushing the Microstakes is much better suited to loose, passive games with lots of weak players like this.


Modern Small Stakes is all about teaching you how to outplay the regulars that populate today's small stakes poker games.

And that is why Modern Small Stakes features over 100 in-depth example hands showing you exactly what to do versus good players in difficult spots.

For Example:

You raise up A♦️K♦️, the flop comes 8♠️5♦️4♠️, you bet, and one of those tricky Loose and Aggressive players raises you.

What should you do in a spot like this? Do you struggle with situations like this?

It's time to stop guessing what to do in common spots like this.

Through extensive player type and range analysis, Modern Small Stakes gives you the exact formulas you need to know, to play optimally vs good players in hundreds of difficult spots like this.

But this book is also about becoming un-exploitable ourselves. 

The easiest person in the world to play poker against is the one who takes the same action with the same hand every single time.

This unbalanced robotic approach is actually the superior strategy against most of the clueless opposition at the lower stakes. 

But it doesn't work against good poker players at higher stakes.

Therefore, every effort is made throughout this book to show you how to balance your range versus thinking opponents, in all situations.

Kieran "KieHa" Harding
Professional Poker Player and Coach
Using countless hand examples Modern Small Stakes does a great job of teaching you about a variety of difficult situations that you will encounter after leaving the micros behind. It’s an invaluable resource for players of NL25 and up and has taught me a lot about how to deal with these aggressive games.

Modern Small Stakes is a massive work though. It is very difficult to sum it up in a few paragraphs.

It is 500 pages in length and has over 100 highly detailed hand history examples of real situations against real opponents in today's small stakes poker games.

It also covers every single aspect of the game at these limits in extensive detail from what hands to play in each situation to 3Bet defence ranges and river bluff frequencies.

And this is because I wrote Modern Small Stakes in order to produce real, long term consistent results at the poker tables.
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Mike, USA - Part time online player
Steady consistent results since reading Modern Small Stakes

This is a book that is meant to be studied thoroughly and then referred to again and again as you progress through these stakes.

Modern Small Stakes is by no means a casual read. 

It was written for people who are very serious about the game and separating themselves from the vast glut of mediocrity at these stakes.

Whether you are an experienced grinder or a newer player just coming up, Modern Small Stakes will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to blaze a path through the lower limit poker games in 2024.

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Reviews for Modern Small Stakes

Martin Harris Senior Editor
Modern Small Stakes represents a valuable addition to thinking about no-limit hold’em strategy, and should be of particular value both to recreational players looking for help dealing with tougher opponents and to more seasoned grinders who have made the move up to NL10 and above but need help broadening their strategic knowledge.

Steve Ruddock Senior Columnist
Modern Small Stakes simplified No Limit Hold'em at these stakes for me. It was as if everything was blurry when I played NLHE and this book was akin to putting my glasses on. If you’re a small stakes No limit Hold'em player, then Modern Small Stakes by Nathan Williams should be at the top of your reading list.

Tom Beasor
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Nathan has written two very fine poker books. The first one was groundbreaking in examining the very lowest stakes. And the new book adds real value to the library of small stakes poker theory. It is thorough and the hand discussions alone are worth the money.

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Since reading Modern Small Stakes and setting up Nathan's HUD I've been crushing 50NL (50k hands since reading and applying the material). Now taking shots at 100NL.

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I was one of the first people to buy this book. I was breakeven for 30k hands and had a lot of difficulty moving up from NL5 to NL10. I read Modern Small Stakes and after that I played 70k hands and crushed NL10. Now I am moving up to NL25. My results are posted below.

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What I like about Nathan's writing style is that he breaks down difficult concepts into simple chunks that even a 3rd grader could read and understand. It feels like you are reading a storybook, not a textbook. I also like that he always explains WHY a certain strategy works well against a specific player. Learning how to adjust your play to your opponents is a skill in and of itself.

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What would it be like to start making $1000 per month, $3000 per month or more from poker even if you only play this game on the side, as a hobby?

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  • Modern Small Stakes comes in pdf, mobi and epub format. This means that you can read (or even print out) the book on any laptop, desktop computer, Kindle, iPad, tablet or smart phone.
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Pages: 500
Word Count: 81,445
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