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The Best Poker Books For New and Seasoned Players
It’s a well-known fact that online poker players who succeed early in their careers are often those who take on board the best information about the game. For many, this is training videos, while others go for professional coaching. But having access to books about poker is one of the oldest, yet one of the best ways of learning the game and maintaining your edge once you start to turn a profit.
There are so many poker books out there that choosing the right one can be as difficult as playing the game itself. So, we’ve taken a look at 10 definitive poker books to help you go from an interested observer to the shark in your home game.
For the purposes of our list, we’ve gone from starting you out with the basics before moving up to more complex matters.
52 Great Poker Tips – Lou Krieger (2014)
The late Lou Krieger wrote a number of books on poker after becoming a highly profitable mid-stakes player, but this one is our favourite. Full of – you’ve guessed it – 52 tips on how to play poker, it’s a great book to keep coming back to for bitesize advice when you’re just picking up the game.
You can buy 52 Great Poker Tips right here.
Big Deal – Anthony Holden (1990)
If you’re going to play poker, then you should be inspired to do so. Former regal biographer Anthony Holden gave up his comfortable London life 30 years ago to attempt to live off the game of poker for a year, building up to him playing in the big one – the World Series of Poker Main Event. Inspiring, hilarious, often touching, Big Deal is the real deal and will fire your enthusiasm for tournaments like no other book can.
You can buy Big Deal right here.
Elements of Poker – Tommy Angelo (2007)
Tommy Angelo has recently mastered the art of bringing his simple yet highly effective poker advice to a YouTube series, but this original book deserves to be read over and over again. Such is its priceless value to anyone who loves poker. Touching on many elements you may not have thought of, Elements of Poker is an addictive read and will make you feel ready to take on the world… and win!
You can buy Elements of Poker right here.
The Making of a Poker Player – Matt Matros (2005)
Matt Matros was a student of the game long before he played it, and combined his love of writing with his formative years in the game. Then, shortly before publishing this masterpiece, he came 3rd in a massive World Poker Tour Main Event for $706,903. Cue a seriously swelled sales run. He followed it up with The Game Plan in 2019 if you can’t wait the 14 years it took him to write the follow-up like he did!
You can buy The Making of a Poker Player right here.
For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren (2011)
Victoria Coren won an EPT Main Event and in this book, tells of her love for the game of poker and what happened to enable her to emerge triumphant from the Grosvenor Victoria (or ‘The Vic’) on her moment in the spotlight. Having followed up this achievement by becoming the first person to win a second EPT Main Event before her marriage to Peep Show’s David Mitchell. If you want to know how she did so, and become inspired to do the same, this is the book for you.
You can buy For Richer, For Poorer right here.
Caro’s Book of Poker Tells – Mike Caro (1994)
The definitive guide to picking up on mostly physical poker tells, Mike Caro’s book has proved popular for 26 years, as players have learned what to look out for at the table. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out on vital information. If you have read it, you’ll know that it’s so good, you’ll want to read it again.
You can buy Caro’s Book of Poker Tells right here.
Every Hand Revealed – Gus Hansen (2008)
The Danish poker sensation released his look into a stunning poker career 12 years ago now, and it remains one of the best ways to see how a professional payer at the top of his game approaches the biggest tournaments int the world.
Looking back on his Aussie Millions win, Hansen breaks down why he made the decisions he did, and it’s a genuinely fascinating glimpse into ‘The Madman’s head.
You can buy Every Hand Revealed right here.
The Theory of Poker – David Sklanksy (1994)
The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky certainly changed the way poker players approached poker books. Often seen as the definitive way to read about the game, Sklasnky – now 72 years old – won three WSOP bracelets in his poker career and once said: “If there’s something I know about the game that the other person doesn’t, and if he’s not willing to learn or can’t understand, then I take his money.”
You can buy The Theory of Poker right here.
Harrington on Hold’em – Dan Harrington (2006)
One of the most-read books on specific No Limit Hold’em strategy, Harrington on Hold’em is extremely popular in the ranks of poker books and has an enduring appeal to players across all ages. Dan Harrington’s observations on winning Hold’em tournaments are worth their weight in gold and this book has been popular with players of all levels for a long time.
You can buy Harrington on Hold’em right here.
The Mental Game of Poker – Jared Tendler and Barry Carter (2011)
There’s no doubt that how to look at the game of poker from a strategic point of view has changed dramatically in the last few years. This book by Jared Tendler and Barry Carter explores the cognitive links between the brain and the game in a highly engaging manner. Helping poker players avoid tilt, stay focused and play their best by conquering their own minds, the book was a phenomenal success when it was released in 2011. So much so, in fact, that it spawned a follow up which came out two years later in 2013 and was very popular with both the original book’s readership and new readers alike.
You can buy The Mental Game of Poker right here.