All types of professional poker require certain amount of knowledge. That is why famous foreign poker players establish their own schools. However, there is another way to learn the basics of the game – professional literature. We have prepared a list of the best books about poker that can be useful not only for newbies but for experienced players as well.
Poker for Beginners
The best books about poker help the reader to get acquainted with basic concepts and teach them to make up their own strategy, develop and improve it.
Phil Gordon’s “Little Green Book”
This book will help a beginner player to master the basic rules. In fact, it can serve an introduction to the world of professional game. Owing to the author’s style of writing “Little Green Book” will get its readers familiar with Texas Hold’em’s basic concepts.
John Anhalt’s “Polished Poker”
The key to become successful in gambling is the ability to understand your rival and predict his thoughts. The book tells its readers about various psychological types of players, as well as helps them to control their emotions at the table in order to assess the competitor’s behavior in the most objective way.
Doyle Brunson’s “Super System”
One of the oldest poker books for beginners. The main stress in this book is on basic concepts of Hold’em, Stud, Draw poker, etc. It also reveals the tactics that players can benefit from: bluffing, slowplay, check-raise and others. In this book, basic information is mixed with the author and his friends’ personal stories about playing at the poker table.
Ed Miller “Professional No Limit Hold’em”
The author of this book is Microsoft’s former employee, who once lost a lot of money playing poker. The main idea of the book is the following: poker player should think “out of the box” and be able to control emotions, stay focused and take risks.
Books for professional players
In this part you will find books with recommendations for those poker players who want to polish their skills in order to get to the next level.
“Small Stakes Hold’em” by E. Miller, D. Sklansky, and M. Malmuth
This book has three author. All of them are well-known in the world of poker. It provides the readers with an opportunity not only to get familiar with, but also to experience the learnt material with the help of special tasks. The book also contains author’s solutions to these tasks for the readers to compare and analyze their own mistakes.
According to the authors, small stakes games are not a competition for the title of the most cunning, but for the title of the most confident, logical and intellectual player. This poker book contains pieces of advice on betting chances analysis, bank assessment, working with pocket cards, players’ potential opportunities in the second round with flop, etc. Besides, authors pay a lot of attention to the role of risk taking in Small Stakes Hold’em. According to the writers, it is impossible to make a proper game without risks.
David Sklansky’s “The Theory of Poker”
Not every poker player will consider this book a useful reading, since one needs to have both a significant game experience and a powerful mind. Why? Because except for basic knowledge the author of the book teaches the player to use poker mathematics in games with middle and high limits. And, of course, visualized examples are provided here as well.
Roy Rounder’s “Poker Math Made Easy”
Author of this manual received a wide popularity after his charts for easy outs calculation in the deck had spread across the World Wide Web. This book is a set of calculations that conveys the full meaning of the outs analysis in the deck, strengthening your positions and the probability of receiving jacks to open. Having read the book the reader will be able to calculate the percentage of outs in the final rounds of the game.
Harrington’s 3 volumes about holdem
Dan Harrington is one of the most famous poker players in the world. He wrote his three volumes of the poker book in co-authorship with a professional chess player Bill Roberti. These books combine mathematical and practical approaches to the tournament Texas Holdem.
The authors divided the important elements of poker into three books. First volume, which is targeted at beginners, contains the info about tournament game strategy. Second volume is dedicated to the final stages of the tournament: this includes Harrington’s bluff strategies, conservative and super aggressive game styles, etc. Besides, unlike other publications, Harrington and Roberti’s book tells about satellite games, how to manage betting sums, and other important elements of holdem. Third volume is designed for skills practice. It includes detailed analysis of authors’ positions with the help of which the reader will learn to think like a professional.
Alan Schoonmaker’s “The Psychology of Poker”
The author of this book is a professional psychologist. He dwells on the topic of behavioral analysis at the poker table, focusing on the understanding of player’s personal identity. The book explains why this or that player used a certain strategy and what to do in each particular case in order not to lose one’s luck. In his book, Schoonmaker mentions the works of professional players, helping the reader to fill in the blanks in the game strategies understanding.
David Sklansky’s “Tournament Poker for Advanced Players”
Author of the book teaches experienced poker players to make their game sustainable and independent from the circumstances during the tournament, when they move up to the level of the leading professional players. I this manual Sklansky dwells on the difference between tournament and partnership poker and outlines which risk factors the player might face. The author also explains the impact of “afield” players’ strategies and how they can influence the game and its result.