The Game of Poker has to be played with the mind, and game reading skills often come into play when playing this particular card game. Some of the greatest poker players and even some analysts have shared their insights and ideologies that are involved in the game. Here are the top 10 books written about Poker:
10.Applications of No-Limit Poker (Matt Janda) – If a person wants to learn the poker game, he must learn how to read the game and place the bets accordingly. This book by Matt Janda, which came in 2013, will teach you some of the tricky concepts like donk-betting, check-raising preflop, balancing multiple bet-sizing ranges, and overbetting to improve your game.
9. No-limit Hold’em for Advanced Players (Matt Janda) – Matt Janda came up with this book in 2017, which is for the experienced players and for the players who want to take their Poker skills to the next level. This book teaches players how to play well against tough opponents. Some of the ideas included in it are raising first as the button; understanding high variance play; turn play; overbets; counter strategies; opening frequencies based on stack depth; equity; playing short on the button versus big blind situations; and linear, condensed, and polarized ranges.
8. The Mental Game of Poker (Jared Tendler and Barry Carter) – This book came up in 2011. Through this book, Jared and Barry are conveying that the game of Poker is based mainly on the mental aspects of a person, and to win a game, a person has to have the right amount of mental strength within. This book will teach you how to control and fix problems like tilt, emotional control, confidence, fear, motivation, and handling variance to help you become a better player.
7. Moorman’s Book of Poker: The most successful man in online Poker tournament History (2014) (Chris Moorman and Byron Jacobs) – This book displays 80 different real gameplay examples and teaches you how to improve your game by learning through those examples. It is a different approach from others and will force the person to learn by example. It is based on low to mid stake players of the game.
6. Texas Hold’em for Dummies (Mark Harlan) – This book focuses on teaching all the rules and basics of Texas Hold’em to the readers. It prepares the beginners of the game to understand how to proceed in this game and learn it efficiently.
5. Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No limit Texas Hold’em (Phil Gordon) – After a career of playing a lot of intense poker games and taking down mental notes about it, professional poker player Phil Gordon came up with this book in 2005, which consists of some lessons and strategies for players to learn to do well in the No-Limit Texas Hold’em games whether they are against your friends or in a tournament.
4. Caro’s Book of Poker Tells The Psychology and Body Language of Poker (Mike Caro) – In 2003, Mike Caro came up with this fantastic book which teaches you via different photographs and lessons about how to read your opponents’ mind and game through his/her different behaviors like shrugs, eye contact, sighs, shaky hands, and other physical reactions that may show weakness or give away important information. The only drawback the book has is that it is a little outdated for now.
3. Super System: A Course in Power Poker (Doyle Brunson) – This book was written in 1979 and was one of the first books on Poker Strategy. It is written by the two-time WSOP World Champion and Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson along with Chip Reese, David Sklansky, Joey Hawthorne, Mike Caro, and Bobby Baldwin. This book mainly explains betting, calling, raising, and folding in hold’em, draw Poker, seven-card stud high/low, and lowball games.
2. Harrington on Hold’em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments (Dan Harrington) – Written by a professional Poker player himself in 2004, you can expect this book to be a lot more helpful than the others. Dan has taken a different approach in this book to show the ideas and strategies players use even nowadays because he picks up a real game situation and explains it to the readers in a systematic way to make them learn the way out of it. By examining hand and player analysis, betting, varying style, responding to re-raises, calculating pot odds, reacting to bad beats, and playing to maximize one’s winnings, this book provides techniques that top players use today tournament success.
1. The Theory of Poker: A Professional Players teaches you how to think like One (David Sklansky) – If you aim to become a true student of the game and wish to develop a winning attitude for it, this is the best book for you to read. David Sklansky had written this book in 1987. It is said to be outdated but will still give you a proper understanding of the game’s various strategies. This book focuses on poker theory by introducing readers to Poker’s fundamental theory, the value of deception, raising, slow-play, bluffing and semi-bluffing, the value of a position, heads-up play, implied odds, free cards, and poker psychology.