What are the best poker books? There is a jungle of different poker books out there. But what poker books are really worth reading? We at PokercoachO.com have read all literature worth reading in this area. Here are our top choices for you who want to develop your game to a world class player.
1. Harrington on Hold ’em Volume 1: Strategic Play
This classic poker book that Dan Harrington, aka “Action Dan”, wrote in connection with the poker boom is a real masterpiece and a must to read for any player who wants to get better at tournament poker and sit and go’s.
In this book Harrington goes through the foundations of good Texas Holdem tournament poker, such as the importance of position, pot odds, selection of starting hands and much more.
The book is also very easy to understand with pictures that illustrate selected example hands for each section. Harrington’s first tournament book, together with the sequel, is one of the best poker books ever written.
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About the author Dan Harrington
Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and world championship title at the “$ 10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship” at the 1995 World Series of Poker. In addition, he was the only player to reach the final table both in 2003 (out of 839 starting) and in 2004 (out of 2,576 starting) – which many experts consider to be the greatest achievement in the WSOP’s history.
2. Harrington on Hold ’em Volume 2: The Endgame
Why make it difficult. Dan Harrington again. His sequel “The Endgame” is just as good as the first part and develops the concepts explained in the first book.
In the second book, Harrington guides how to play in the later events of a tournament, how to calculate the “M-value”, when to go all in and how to play “heads up” at the end.
More books from Harrington:
Harrington on modern tournament poker (updated version of the above books adapted for today’s aggressive tournament poker)
Harrington on Holdem v.3. the workbook (the sequel to the first two books described above)
3. Moorman’s “Book of Poker”
Chris Moorman, or Moorman1, which he is called on Pokerstars, is one of the world’s best online poker poker players. In this modern poker book, Moorman contributes with his expertise in a kind of coaching format where he gives his view of the hands of another poker player.
About Chris Moorman
Moorman is simply a genius and the book is highly recommended to read for anyone who wants to learn the most advanced poker concepts in today’s aggressive poker tournaments. Although we feel that a format in which Moorman describes his own hands would have been even more interesting. But as the poker player he is, he maybe felt that this was giving away too much information.
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4. Doyle Brunsons “Super System”
The Poker Legdend Doyle Bruno’s timeless classics “Super System: A course in power poker!: ” from the 1970s is a must for anyone who wants to get familiar with poker history. Many concepts that are mentioned in this book are just as valuable today as when it was written almost 50 years ago. The book is a “must read” for all real poker fans.
Brunson has also published a revised version of her old classic in more modern version. It’s called “Super System 2”.
About Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson, author of the world’s best-known poker book, Super System, was written in the 1970s.
5. Mike Caros “Book of tells”
When we are still talking about classics, we cannot get away from mentioning Mike Caro’s “Book of tells”. For those who want to be able to pick up tells and information from live poker players this is a must. All possible tips and tricks are mention, like how to read your opponents who usually act “Strong when weak” and “Weak when strong”.
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David Sklansky “The theory of poker”
Even this poker pook into the category poker classics. This was actually the first poker book I read myself almost 15 years ago, and it describes the basics of poker theory for the most common versions of the game. This book is highly recommended to read as a first book combined with Dan Harrington’s tournament books. David Sklansky is by many ranked by as one of the world’s foremost poker theorists.
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Other books from Sklansky
Hold’Em Poker for Advanced Players
Theory and Practice
7. Bill Chen’s “The mathematics of poker”
For those who really want to learn more about the mathematics in poker, we recommend Bill Chen’s “The Mathematics of poker”. Note that this book is more suited for advanced players and requires in-depth mathematical knowledge.
What do you think? What are the best poker books?
Good luck with the game!
/ Coaches at PokercoachO.com