What do you all think are the best poker books, or the books that helped you the most when you started playing the game?
If I had to create a Top-List they would be:
Theory of Poker
The Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler
Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker vol 1 & 2
No Limits by Chris Wallace
Treat Your Poker like a Business by Dusty Schmidt
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June 25th, 2012 #1
Favorite/Best Poker Books
June 25th, 2012 #2
Pro NL Holdem Volume I is a must for anyone. it blows away any other book for Cash game play
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June 26th, 2012 #3
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Super System and Super System II
July 8th, 2012 #5
A lot of people tend to downgrade the Super System books nowadays as being out of date but I think they still contain solid advice and hold some relevance if for no other reason than the fact many new players continue to read them and play by the strategy recommended in them so it helps to know what your opponent is thinking. But, far and away, I'd say Sklansky's "Theory of Poker" is the best thing out there. Not much advice for specific games but to understand poker as a whole, you must read it if you want to be a high-level player. His books with Malmuth, "Hold-Em Poker for Advanced Players" and "Seven Card Stud for Advanced Players" are excellent in addressing those games (and for poker fiction, I'd toss in my own novel, "Pascal's Wager" LOL).
July 8th, 2012 #6
Well played Mark, you just sold a kindle edition of it to me
Theory is still a really good book, but I would caution people that it is out of date somewhat. But you are 100% right that it gives you the absolute best intro into thinking like a poker player out there.
July 9th, 2012 #7
I really don't want to get in a debate with Steve on this one again....
The hands down best poker book ever written is The Professor, The Banker and The Suicide King
July 10th, 2012 #8
It's ok, I went strategy in this post, for poker books in general I'd also include Jasep's choice (even though he dosn't like James McManus' books), as well as the following:
Positively Fifth Street
One of a Kind
Biggest Game in Town
Education of a Poker Player
Titanic Thompson the man who bet on everythnig
July 10th, 2012 #9
Check Raising the Devil, which was good, despite a horrible title. I also enjoyed the Richard Roeper book but it didn't have a ton of poker in it.
I am not a fan of strategy books! I can read 12 chapters in a strategy book and retain 1/4 of each or i can spend a few hours watching 12 blue fire poker videos and know the stuff inside and out..
Some Terrible books:
Ghosts at the Table
Hats and Sunglasses
Hellmuth/Navarro Tell Book
Caro's books (pretty much all of them)
Also, the only Sklansky book I really enjoyed was DUCY
July 11th, 2012 #10
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