5 Poker Books You Need To Read

While many poker players choose to learn their lessons the hard way, be it on the virtual baize of online poker rooms, or at cash games at their local casinos, any pro will know that to play like the best you need to learn from the best.

During their careers some of the finest poker players in the history of the game have shared their insights into what it takes to become a winning poker player. As the game has increased in popularity, so have the number of poker books released annually.

With literally hundreds of poker related books currently in the market, we’ve narrowed it down to the 5 poker books that will put you on top of your game:

1. Super/System

Doyle Brunson’s Super/System needs to be the first item on your shopping list. Super/System is recognised as a genre classic, and was written by Brunson two years after he’d taken the World Series of Poker Main Event title for the second consecutive year.

Super/System provides guidelines and advanced poker strategies for six different formats. The section on no limit hold ’em is considered to be the most influential text in poker history, and is said to have contributed to the rise of some of today’s biggest poker stars.

2. Harrington on Hold ’em

Dan ‘Action Man’ Harrington’s guide to the art of playing texas hold ’em is considered to be the definitive guide to the world’s most popular poker format. Harrington brings considerable poker expertise to bear in this text, as one of only 5 players to have won both the WSOP main event title and a WPT Championship. Harrington on Hold ’em is not a single book, but rather a three volume series covering different aspects of the game. Volume I would be required reading for any university course in the subject, whilst volumes II and III give players the opportunity to fine tune their no limit hold ’em poker games.

3. Internet Texas Hold ’em

The book, Internet Texas Hold ’em, brings poker literature up to date with the explosive growth of online poker. While the basic strategies outlined by Doyle Brunson and Dan Harrington will stand the test of time, online poker is a new frontier offering up fresh challenges and opportunities to devotees of the game. Internet Texas Hold ’em, is written by Matthew Hilger, a full time poker analyst with an excellent live tournament record. The book takes players through basic strategy, before teaching readers how to apply their newfound knowledge in online tournaments and cash games. The book is the best-selling Internet poker guide in history.

4. The Theory of Poker

Three-times WSOP bracelet winner David Sklansky, has authored 13 books on the subject of poker. While all of these make an important contribution to the subject of poker strategy, it is the seminal book, Theory of Poker, which is recognised as his greatest work. The Theory of Poker is renowned for presenting complex concepts in simple, easily comprehended terms. The book covers strategy for all the most popular poker formats, and provides an in depth guide to the strategies that separate the pros from the amateurs.

5. Zen and the Art of Poker

Hundreds of books cover the subject of poker strategy, but very few delve into the psychological and emotional factors at play during poker games. Zen and the Art of Poker is an indispensable guide to improving concentration, patience and insight. The book, Zen and the Art of Poker, was written to help players ranging from beginners through to advanced players. Instead of being a mere philosophical reflection on playing a better poker game, Zen and the Art of Poker provides players with solid lessons and principles, which they can apply in their live or online games.

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