Jonathan Little is a powerhouse in the poker community. A strong player with even stronger results, and a number of books and coaching successes to boot. Learn more about Jonathan below and see what got him where he is today.


Where is your original hometown, and where do you call home now?

I was born in Pensacola Florida. I now reside in Las Vegas, New York City, and I travel to most major poker tournaments around the world.

Where specifically are we most likely to see you playing cards these days?

I typically play in most EPT and WPT tournaments and also on PokerStars under the name jcardshark

When and how did you start playing poker?

I started playing poker in 2002 after a Magic: the Gathering-playing friend introduced me to the game. I started off playing overly tight but I eventually decided to spend a ton of time studying and eventually became a decent player.

When and how did you decide to play poker professionally/seriously?

In 2004, I realized that I was capable of making way more money simply playing poker compared to finishing college and getting a job. The decision to quit college and play professionally seemed like a no-brainer, even though I probably should have finished college.

What do you consider your proudest poker achievements?

I am the season six WPT Player of the year and I have over $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings. I have also made the final table of or won most major online tournaments

When and how did you start coaching others?

I started my poker training site,, in 2007. I have been coaching players ever since.

What is your coaching specialty? Do you consider yourself a ‘specialist’ in any games?

I consider myself a specialist on most standard forms of hold’em. I build my bankroll by playing limit hold’em. I continued to grow as a sit-n-go player, and I now spend most of my time playing live and online tournaments. I am also well-versed in PLO.

What is your goal in providing coaching through Red Chip Poker?

I hope to help educate poker players who are dedicated to improving at the game. If you don’t mind working hard, I can certainly help you improve.

Please share a coaching success story with us:

I have coached many students, taking them from being marginal amateurs to professionals.

Do you have a professional career/background outside of poker?

I do not. I have been a professional poker player for the last 11 years. I am also the author of numerous best-selling poker books.

What are your favorite hobbies and pursuits outside of poker?

I like to work out, hike, camp, play Magic: the Gathering, and relax.

Can you link us to all of the books you’ve written?

I have authored numerous books. The easiest way to view them all is here:

Do you have any results on Hendon Mob, etc.?

Rapid Fire Fun Questions

Favorite color: Dark red

Favorite starting hand: J♦ 8♦

Favorite poker room: Bellagio

Last song you listened to: I listen to a lot of podcasts…

Waffles or pancakes: Waffles

Favorite drink: Red wine

Favorite thing to cook: Veggie Smoothies

Do you have a lucky object?: No

Favorite board game: Magic: The Gathering

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