Poker Books to Improve Your Game

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If ever anyone was in doubt that poker is a complex game of skill and strategy, they need only look at how many different books have been written on the subject. But why invest in a book when there are so many free resources on the internet? Well, we all know that what we read online should be taken with a pinch of salt. A book will be well-researched and fact-checked, so you know that the information held within is trustworthy.

Books for Beginners

If you are just starting out, there are several titles that go into great detail about the basics of the game. Three highly recommended titles are:

  • Pot-Limit & No-Limit Poker, B. Claffone and S. Reuben. This book is a great overview of six of the most popular variants of poker, with clear and easy to follow examples.
  • Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book. If you are only interested in focusing on Texas Hold’em, this is a fantastic volume, broken down into clear sections. Also useful for more intermediate players.
  • The Theory of Poker, D. Sklansky. This is arguably the best introduction to poker ever published, and one that every poker player, regardless of level, should have on their bookshelf.

Advanced Books

If you’re already a seasoned poker player, you may think that there’s nothing else you can learn from a book, but you’d be wrong. There is always room for improvement, and these titles may hold the key to taking your play to the next level.

  • Elements of Poker, T. Angelo. If your game is stuck in a rut, and you’re struggling to find a new angle, this is definitely the book for you.
  • The Mental Game of Poker, J. Tendler and B. Carter. If you want to delve into the psychological side of the game, this comes highly recommended. Learn how to master your own mind during a game, and how to keep your cool under pressure.
  • Applications of No-Limit Hold’em, M. Janda. A real all-rounder on strategy, including a look at the mathematics of the game.