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Best Poker Books

Raise your game with the most recommended poker books, according to the top card game experts and gambling bloggers. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, these books are your ace in the hole!

Recommendations from 65 articles, Maria Popova, Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Pink and 10 others.
Best Poker Books
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The Theory of Poker
A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One
David Sklansky - 1999-07-01 (first published in 1983)
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Learn essential theories and strategies for dominating poker games of every variation with this comprehensive guide. From the Fundamental Theorem of Poker to psychology and game theory, gain an edge at the table with topics like deception, bluffing, and semibluffing. Top poker players claim this mind-bending book changed how they play. Are you ready to join their ranks? This is the ultimate poker playbook.
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The Mental Game of Poker
Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More
Jared Tendler - 2011-01-01
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This book delves deep into the mental game of poker – an aspect more critical in this game than any other. It offers solutions to common issues players face, including tilt, emotional control, and motivation. Written by a mental game coach, the book includes step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to help players perform at their best. With stories from players who have used these techniques to improve, it's an essential read for anyone looking to take their poker game to the next level.
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Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments
Strategic Play (Vol. 1)
Dan Harrington - 2004-12-01
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Looking for expert strategy to dominate in No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournaments? Look no further than Harrington on Hold 'em. Written by one of the world's most successful No-Limit Hold'em players, this book covers the tactics and techniques needed to survive and thrive through hundreds of hands and take home the glory. Learn how to vary your style, optimize your betting patterns, analyze hands, and much more. Discover the secrets of top players around the globe and become a champion of the game.
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Every Hand Revealed
Gus Hansen - 2008-05-01
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Unleash your inner poker pro and learn the winning secrets of one of the game's most aggressive and successful players! In Every Hand Revealed, professional poker superstar "The Madman" analyzes over 300 hands played during his Aussie Millions win and teaches you how to read opponents, call large bets with unplayable hands, raise out of position with garbage holdings and more. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, this book offers unprecedented access to coveted poker secrets and will turbo-charge your game!
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Doyle Brunson's Super System
Doyle 'Texas Dolly' Brunson - 2002-12-31 (first published in 1979)
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This essential poker book is packed with advanced strategies and tactics from the game's superstars, making it a must-read for serious players. Featuring chapters on every major no-limit game played today, including the popular hold'em (limit and no-limit), it's the definitive guide to winning big money at the tables. With 608 pages of hard-hitting information and precise poker statistics, this classic book is mandatory reading for aspiring pros, tournament players, and anyone ready to play no-limit. Indispensable and acknowledged by pros and knowledgeable players alike as the BEST POKER BOOK EVER WRITTEN.
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Applications of No-Limit Hold em
Matthew Janda - 2023-10-12 (first published in 2013)
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Learn to design balanced ranges using proper bet-sizing while playing no-limit hold ‘em with this book. Theoretical sound poker is taught, providing better overall results even against better players. Confusing concepts such as overbetting and donk betting are broken down into easy-to-understand terms for immediate application. Don’t miss out on crucial strategies and techniques.
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The Mathematics of Poker
Bill Chen - 2006-11-30
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Learn how to apply mathematics to the game of poker and gain a competitive edge in the evolving landscape. Discover how a new generation of players is challenging traditional approaches and relying on mathematical analysis for success. This book introduces quantitative techniques and game theory in a way that is accessible to all players, regardless of their mathematical background.
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Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition
Fundamental No-Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need to Know
Alton Hardin - 2016-10-25
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Master the foundational poker mathematics you need to outplay your opponents with this essential guide. Perfect for both new and experienced players who want to improve their No-Limit Hold’em game, this book focuses on the basic poker mathematics you'll use day in and day out at the poker table. Don't let your opponents gain an edge - arm yourself with the essential knowledge you need to win at poker.
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Elements of Poker
Tommy Angelo - 2007-12-10
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Learn how to take your poker game to the next level with Elements of Poker. This timeless classic is praised by pros for its distilled wisdom and new perspective on profitability. Discover how to eliminate tilt, profit from position, and improve your overall bankroll and life. Written by a master, Elements of Poker is a must-read for anyone looking to up their game.
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Reading Poker Tells
Zachary Elwood - 2012-04-01
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Learn how professional poker players analyze body language and verbal cues to gain an edge in live games with this bestselling trilogy. In Reading Poker Tells, the first book in the series, author Zachary Elwood emphasizes the importance of situational awareness and provides tips for both deceiving opponents and remaining unreadable. Discover how to eliminate common tells and improve your game with this comprehensive guide.
Phil Gordon's Little Green Book by Phil Gordon
Jonathan Little's Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em by Jonathan Little
Winning Low-Limit Hold'em by Lee Jones
Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo
Exploitative Play in Live Poker by Alexander Fitzgerald
Sit 'n Go Strategy by Collin Moshman
Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments by Jonathan Little
Super System 2 by Doyle Brunson
Kill Everyone by Lee Nelson
Caro's Book of Poker Tells by Mike Caro
Harrington on Cash Games by Dan Harrington
Small Stakes Hold 'em by Associate Professor of History Edward Miller
Kill Phil by Blair Rodman
Playing The Player by Ed Miller
Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2 by Dan Harrington
One of a Kind by Nolan Dalla
The Course by Ed Miller
Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time Volume I by Eric 'Rizen' Lynch
No Limit Hold 'em by David Sklansky
Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games by Jonathan Little
The Myth of Poker Talent by Alexander Fitzgerald
Power Hold'em Strategy by Daniel Negreanu
Moorman's Book of Poker by Chris Moorman
Hold 'em Poker by David Sklansky
Harrington on Hold 'em by Dan Harrington
The Mental Game of Poker 2 by Jared Tendler
Professional No-Limit Hold 'em by Matt Flynn
Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker by Jonathan Little
Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em by Ed Miller
Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People by Amarillo Slim Preston
Treat Your Poker Like a Business by Dusty Schmidt
Positively Fifth Street by James McManus
The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King by Michael Craig
Mike Matusow by Mike Matusow
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky
Cowboys Full by James McManus
Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein
Play Poker Like the Pros by Phil Hellmuth
Texas Hold'em For Dummies by Mark Harlan
Harrington on Cash Games, Volume II by Dan Harrington
Decide to Play Great Poker by Annie Duke
For Richer, For Poorer by Victoria Coren
Pot-limit Omaha Poker by Jeff Hwang
Poker's 1% by Ed Miller
High-Low-Split Poker, Seven-Card Stud and Omaha Eight-or-better for Advan by Ray Zee
Mastering Pot-Limit Omaha by Herbert Okolowitz
The Raiser's Edge by Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier
Zen and the Art of Poker by Larry Phillips
Real Grinders by Ashton Cartwright
The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova
The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide by Andy Bloch
Life's a Gamble by Mike Sexton
The Grinder's Manual by Peter Clarke
No-Limit Hold 'em For Advanced Players by Matthew Janda
Play Optimal Poker by Andrew Brokos
Master Micro Stakes Poker by Alton Hardin
Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em by Jonathan Little
Poker Math That Matters by Owen Gaines
Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold'em by Will Tipton
The Poker Mindset by Matthew Hilger
The Poker Tournament Formula II by Arnold Snyder
Middle Limit Holdem Poker by Bob Ciaffone
Don't Listen to Phil Hellmuth by Dusty Schmidt
The Education of a Poker Player by Herbert O Yardley
Optimizing Ace King by James Sweeney
According to Doyle by Doyle Brunson
The Biggest Game in Town by Al Alvarez
Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein
Big Deal by Anthony Holden
Hold'em Wisdom for all Players by Daniel Negreanu
How Good is Your Pot-Limit Omaha? by Stewart Reuben
The Tao Of Poker by Larry W Phillips
Shut Up and Deal by Jesse May
Pot-Limit & No-Limit Poker by Stewart Reuben
Poker For Dummies by Richard D. Harroch
The Psychology of Poker by Alan N. Schoonmaker
Ghosts at the Table by Des Wilson
Secrets of Short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha by Rolf Slotboom
The Book of Bluffs by Matt Lessinger
Championship No-Limit & Pot-Limit Hold'em by Tom McEvoy