In this blog post, we will cover the first ten books of the top 100 poker books. We will cover a wide variety of topics such as general strategy, cash game strategy, tournament strategy, betting, starting hands, bluffing, the mental aspect of the game and much more.
1. Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em: Leading poker experts discuss how to study, play and master NLHE
by Jonathan Little, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Olivier Busquet, Will Tipton
This book is jam-packed with high-quality content. Celebrated poker professional and author Jonathan Little brings together 17 of the biggest no-limit experts in the world to explain all aspects of the game. These specialists include superstars such as Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, Mike Sexton and Jared Tendler.
Part One focuses on strategies for topics such as mastering the basics, analyzing tells, lower buy-in events, satellite play and moving up in stakes.
Part Two gives you a detailed technical analysis of the game including sections on range analysis, short stack strategies, game theory optimal play, final table play, and value betting.
Part Three deals with mental toughness, psychology and understanding tilt. Excelling at No-Limit Hold‘em gives the reader all the tools that an ambitious player needs for understanding no-limit hold‘em.
It is a must buy for anybody who is serious about improving their poker.
2. The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One
by David Sklansky
The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky explains theories and concepts relevant to nearly every variation of the game.
It introduces you to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, its implications, and how it should affect your play. Other chapters discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semi-bluffing.
Many of today’s top poker players will tell you that this is the book that made a difference in their play.
Those who read and study this book will leave behind those who don’t. This is without a doubt one of the best books ever written on poker.
3. The Course: Serious Hold ‘Em Strategy For Smart Players
by Ed Miller
The Course by Ed Miller is a practical and useful, step-by-step guide to winning consistently at Texas No-Limit Holdem.
It focuses on the most important poker concepts that determine who wins and who doesn’t. Unlike other books on poker, this one is very practical.
Many of the concepts are not simple, yet Ed Miller presents them in an easy to understandable way. There is virtually no math though the needed math concepts are woven into the material seamlessly.
4. Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play
by Dan Harrington
Harrington on Hold Em teaches you the tactics required to get you through hundreds of thousands of hands you have to win to make it to the final table.
Harrington’s advanced and time-tested winning strategies, focus on what it takes to survive the early and middle stages of a Texas No-Limit Holdem tournament.
You will learn how to optimize your betting patterns, vary your style, respond to a re-raise, analyze hands, react when a bad card hits, play to win the most money possible and much more.
In Harrington on Hold Em is a definitive book on Texas No-Limit Holdem for players who want to win big.
5. Doyle Brunson’s Super System
by Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson, Chip Reese, Joey Hawthorne, Bobby Baldwin, Mike Caro, Dave Sklansky
In 600 pages, Doyle Brunson and five leading experts in their various specialties tell you when to raise, call, bet, and fold at Texas No-Limit Holdem.
This book is the result of over 10,000 hours of hard work by the some of the world’s greatest players and theorists and has never been equaled in value or scope.
It is a must-have book for serious poker players.
6. The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More.
by Jared Tendler, Barry Carter
Texas No-Limit Holdem is one of the few games in the world where you can play perfectly and lose again and again.
Jared Tendler’s approach helps players to be at their best, no matter how poorly they are running.
In this book, you find simple, step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to fix problems such as handling variance, tilt, confidence, emotional control, fear, and motivation permanently.
7. Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments
by Jonathan Little
Most poker players find it hard to win at even the smallest stakes.
Bad luck is usually blamed for their failures. In reality, they are just not skilled enough at poker.
The secret to winning at poker does not lie in following a predetermined system or in memorizing hand ranking charts.
You have to learn to think for yourself to adapt your strategy based on your opponents.
The book discusses numerous strategies that allow you to crush your enemies at small stakes while enabling you to progress to the middle and high stakes.
8. Real Grinders: How to Play Poker for a Living
by Ashton Cartwright
This book features a few of the best expert poker players from the world. They speak about all aspects of playing poker for a living: the bad parts, the good parts, the challenges, the victories and what separates the champions from the loosing players.
Some of the players in this book include: Aaron Mordey, Alan McMaster, Alek Givotovsky, Alexander Antonios, Ashley Warner, Ashton Cartwright, Brett “brett_threat” Chalhoub, Bryan Huang, Chris Lee, Cole “TopKat5757” Swannack, Didier “didibearrrr” Guerin, Grant Levy, Jackie “Jackstar” Glazier, Jackson Zheng, Jacky Wang, Kahle Burns, Mathew Brown, Octavian Voegele, Oliver “Talerric” “SwoopAE” Gill, Patrick “pmahoney22” Mahoney, Paul Hockin, Rory Young, Ryan Laplante, Slava Sheynin, Tom “winga699” Wing, Victor Teng, and more.
9. Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold’em
by Phil Gordon, Howard Lederer, Annie Duke
After fifteen years or playing, Phil Gordon’s kept notes on all the things he has learned, the famous opponents he has faced, and the celebrities he has taught.
He put every single thing he knows about Texas No-Limit Holdem into this little green book.
Phil breaks down the game into instructional bits and illustrative stories that inspire the endurance and motivation essential to improving your game.
Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book earns a spot on the bookshelf of every serious student of the game.
10. Every Hand Revealed
by Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen is often called “The Madman” for his fearless and aggressive style.
You cannot dispute the fact that he knows how to win big.
In Every Hand Revealed, Gus analyzes the hands that he played during his tournaments and reveals his secrets for winning.
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