Top 10 Poker Books

While a lot of online poker players today improve their game by visiting forums and taking advantage of free poker training, there are still plenty of players who enjoy reading poker books. And if you’re interested in finding the top 10 poker books that can help your game, the following list should help greatly.

1. Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play (2004)

Dan Harrington is certainly known as one of the better holdem poker players of all-time since he won the 1995 WSOP Main Event and earned over $6.6 million in his career. But as good of a player as he was, Harrington was even better at articulating his poker strategy thoughts through books, and Harrington on Hold’em Vol. 1 still remains relevant today. Going further, there have been six total Harrington on Hold’em books written about both cash games and tournaments.

2. Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide (2005)

As the name implies, Barry Greenstein wrote this book for those looking to move up from the amateur ranks and into professional poker. What’s interesting about Ace on the River is that Greenstein talks about more than just poker tips by dismissing the glamorous illusion of professional poker, and also discussing what pitfalls people should avoid. Greenstein, who has $7.5 million in tournament winnings and two WPT titles, gives a signed copy of this book away to anybody who eliminates him from a tournament.

3. Every Hand Revealed (2008)

With almost $9.4 million in tournament winnings and three WPT titles, Gus Hansen is one of the finest tourney players ever. And the book Every Hand Revealed takes an in-depth look into Hansen’s tournament strategy as he reviews over 300 poker hands from the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event, which he won along with $1,192,919. Since Gus Hansen is known as such an aggressive and tough player, it’s really helpful to take a look at his thought process behind each hand.

4. Sit’n Go Strategy; Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments (2007)

While Colin Moshman isn’t one of the mainstream names in poker, he is a very knowledgeable online poker player who shows his SNG prowess in Sit’n Go Strategy. This publication teaches players how to multi-table, exploit recreational players and play more aggressively in SNG’s while reaping more profits. Many good poker players consider this book the bible of SNG’s.

5. Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold’em (2011)

Despite being one of the newcomers, Annie Duke’s book is already making waves throughout the poker community. Some of the things that Duke covers here include table position, flop texture, bet sizing, knowing opponents, and other aspects that are crucial to becoming a skilled poker player. Considering that Duke has almost $4.3 million in poker tournament cashes, she knows what she’s talking about!

6. The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King (2005)

Not all poker books have to be about strategy, and this gem by Michael Craig is purely for entertainment value. It details high stakes cash games between the Banker (Texas billionaire Andy Beal), the Professor (Howard Lederer), the Suicide King (Ted Forrest), and a host of other poker players who take on Beal. Some of the high stakes Limit Hold’em games played between Beal and other professional players featured $100,000/$200,000 blinds!

7. Getting Started in Hold’em (2005)

As the name implies, this book by Ed Miller is a total beginners poker guide to learning how to play Texas Hold‘em. All of the basics like pot odds, implied odds, stack size relevance and pot equity are explained in Miller’s work. Plus it’s nice that both No-Limit Hold’em and Limit Hold’em are explained fairly well here by a skilled poker writer.

8. Doyle Brunson’s Super System (1979)

Although poker strategy has advanced light years beyond what’s discussed by Doyle Brunson in Super System, this book is still worth checking out for beginning poker players. It discusses a lot of the basics of No-Limit Hold’em, Draw Poker, Seven Card Stud and Low Ball, plus contains insight from several notable pros during the 70’s poker era. Super System was so revolutionary for its time that many professional players were angered because they thought it gave away too many secrets. There was also a Super System II book written in 2005, which includes many updates on the previous version.

9. The Theory of Poker (1994)

While this David Sklansky book deals with a lot of poker strategy basics like bluffing, raising, free cards and implied odds, its real value comes from the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, and how this simple concept should govern your play. Basically, this book takes a good look at the overall poker theories behind more in-depth strategy concepts.

10. Play Poker Like the Pros (2003)

Phil Hellmuth is arguably the greatest player in WSOP history since he’s earned a record 11 gold bracelets, along with $13.1 million in live tournament cashes. So it’s certainly no surprise that his book, Play Poker Like the Pros, contains some of the best poker strategy for aggressive preflop play, understanding card tiers, and hands that can really help you make money when they connect.

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