Originally Posted by 28renton
For 5NL specifically, which is better: Building a Bankroll or Crushing the Microstakes?
From the preview of Building a Bankroll on Verneer's site, the lowest stakes I saw talked about in the book was 10NL, whereas Crushing the Micros seems to be geared specifically at 2NL and 5NL.
I have both. To be honest, both are great books and tackle almost all the same material, just with a slightly different approach.
CTM is very squarely targeted at 2NL & 5NL which worked well for me. Though it does quickly go on to state the 5NL lines can be followed at higher limits. It starts off from near beginner talks through variance, hud setup, player types, seat selection then on into the game street by street. The text then diverts off into various actions on each street with examples.
BaB is less prescriptive IMHO and is looking more to guide your thought processes with different lines for different player types and table dynamics and getting you to think about how you adapt your play accordingly.
Both deserve a place on the virtual shelf, but if you want to start with just one and play 2NL & 5NL then you can't go wrong with CTM. Nathan is very obliging in answering any direct questions you have via Skype and offers access to his own forums for the book where you can group with other readers and access all his graphs & data. The community built around it is a pretty useful resource. If you follow the advice, read and re-read each section then check against your play you won't go far wrong.
Regarding styles, CTM is split around 80/20 for narrative/examples whereas BaB is closer to 50/50. My feeling is that BaB is training you more to be a thinking player and learn to adapt - therefore maybe a slightly more advanced title bearing in mind the lines illustrated and examples are all 10NL and above. Would you play the same lines at the rock bottom micros - probably less so.
I've had less time with BaB so don't know it quite as well as CTM but if you have any further questions in specific areas let me know and I'll try to help.
Whichever you choose, gl!