Poker Books

Here is a list of some of the most highly-rated poker books on the market today. As far as the quality of books from player/authors, Daniel Negraneau, Phil Hellmuth, TJ Cloutier, Tom McEvoy, and Doyle Brunson's book (with the exception of Super System) tend to be disappointing, while Gus Hansen and Dan Harrington's books are regarded as the best. Phil Gordon's tend to be mediocre. As far as non-player authors, Lou Krieger and David Sklansky's books are always worth the money. Any time you see that a book has strategies that "never appeared in print", it is usually a disappointing book.

Strategy (Hold 'Em)

This is David Sklansky’s first work and was originally published in 1976. Yet, it is still a solid and helpful poker text for players that are new to the game. Some of the topics include: the basic rules, the importance of position, starting hands, key flops, semi-bluffing, the free card, slowplaying, check raising, heads-up on the river, and how to read hands.

This book by Daniel Negraneau is only for pure beginners looking to learn Texas hold'em. There are fifty quick sections focus on key concepts. There isn't anything at all unique in this book though, and it shouldn't be purchased by anyone looking to learn Daniel's advanced techniques.

Daniel Negreanu, along with other talented players (Todd Brunson, David Williams, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng and Paul Wasicka), share details about their personal strategies. You'll learn about: short-handed play, heads-up play, high-limit cash games, how to mix up your play, bluff, win big pots, and more.

This book features mathematical strategies and in-depth analysis of all aspects of Texas Hold'em. This book is targeted to experienced and professional players.

This is Lou Krieger's clearly-written introduction to Texas Hold 'Em. It covers all the important technical aspects of poker as well as wisdom from one of poker most popular authors.

This is Lou Krieger's sequel to his first book. It covers: having patience, position, the flop, common mistakes, loose and aggressive games, tells, and more.

This is Phil Gordon's primer of Texas Hold 'Em. Topics covered are: basic strategy, poker culture, terminology, poker etiquette, a little poker history, statistics and probability, home games and tournaments, low- and high-stakes play, and stories of colorful poker characters.

In this book, Phil Hellmuth teaches tips and strategies for Texas Hold' Em, including: wining no-limit Texas Hold'em tournaments, what to bet, when to raise, when to bluff, when to fold, and developing your ability to read opponents.

This is Ken Warren's guide to playing Texas Hold'em Poker. Some topics covered: starting cards, playing position, which Hands to play, raising, check-raising, tells, game and seat Selection, dominated hands, odds, and much more.

This is Gary Carson's introductory book on Hold 'Em. This is one of the best books for beginning and intermediate players because it has the best collection of starting hand charts. It also covers all of the other fundamental topics that introductory books cover.

The Illustrated Guide to Texas Hold’em is a heavily illustrated Texas Hold’em poker book for beginning players. Focusing on low-limit play, the author gives basic instruction on how to play the game and strategies that work.

This book reveals the techniques that professional poker players use to win consistently. Some topics covered: how to recognize and capitalize on betting patterns, how to develop a profitable table image, advanced bankroll management techniques, why folding more can lead to winning more, why women have an edge, and how to choose a table.

Mike Caro's advice covers every aspect of hold'em, specifically: psychology, reading opponents, advanced moves, professional techniques, internet poker, and tournaments.

This book presents critical principles for expert play: preflop hand valuation, domination, betting for value, protecting your hand, semi-bluffing, pot equity, pot odds, implied odds, free card plays, the importance of stack size, why chips change value in tournaments, and much more. This book is for limit, no limit, or tournament hold 'em.

The Everything Texas Hold'em Book is your all-inclusive guides to winning Texas hold'em. Included: mastering your perfect poker face, bluffing,

Strategy (No-Limit Hold' Em)

This is Phil Gordon's book of poker knowledge and wisdom based on 15 years of notes about No Limit Hold 'Em and the players that he played with, including T. J. Cloutier, Phil Ivey, and Ben Affleck.

Phil Gordon shows players how he applied his theories to actual hands he played in cash games. Among the topics covered: early, middle, and late tournament play; sit & gos; satellites and supersatellites; and the final table of the WSOP, calculating odds, shorthanded play, and tells.

Popular poker author David Sklansky and poker authority Ed Miller explores important concepts about no limit hold 'em tournaments, like: manipulating the pot size, adjusting to stack sizes, reading hands, implied odds, optimal bet-sizing, and playing with a short stack.

This book teaches advanced no-limit strategies, like: how to size your bets, manage the pot, manipulate your opponents, know when to go all-in, avoiding making big mistakes, and stack-to-pot ratios.

The Next Level by Bruce Winter will tell you how to improve your game using the author's mathematical and analytical approach.

The book covers no-limit strategy by commenting and different hands. This is one of the weaker books on the market.

The tips and advice in this book will give you the edge at low and medium-stakes no limit hold 'em tournaments and cash games. Some of the topics: real life hand examples, conservative and aggressive poker play, changing gears, early, mid and late-stage no-limit tournament strategy, how to bluff, and how to read your opponents.

Written by John Vorhaus, this book is from the popular Killer Poker series of poker books. It teaches strategies and gives advice for no-limit cash games and tournaments.

This book teaches no-limit hold 'em players how to improve their play at low-limit cash games. Among the strategies: how to play against different types of players, how to figure pot odds, when to draw, when to bet enough to discourage draws, and when to get involved in big and small pots.

In this entry to the World Poker Tour series of instructional books, former poker champ and spokesman Mike Sexton outlines winning strategies for No-Limit Texas Hold'em. It covers: how to read players, raising the pot, online play, profiles of WPT champions, poker history, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the WPT.

This book in the "Kill" series teaches beginners and professionals concepts and advanced strategies for multi-table tournaments, sit-n-Gos, and satellites. Among the topics: folding equity, strategies for the bubble, the end-game, and heads-up play, and short-stack cash games.

This book contains 52 tips that will improve your no-limit hold'em game. The advice focuses on situational decisions where a player needs to take into account (such as: what the other player has, who the other player is, and relative stack sizes) in order to know how to adjust your play to those situations.

This book, at over 400 pages, teaches you that the key to beating low-stakes, no-limit cash games is to play a dominating style of poker.

This somewhat-generic book on no-limit teaches basic concepts like: the importance of planning ahead in no-limit, switching strategies, the differences between deep-stacked and short-stacked play, and bet sizing.

This book covers all aspects of small buy-in, no-limit hold'em games, including: understanding your opponents, pot odds, betting the proper amount, your mental game, bankroll considerations, and how to beat the rake.

This book details 15 of the most common mistakes made at the poker table.

Strategy (Pot-Limit)

This book teaches general theories and how to succeed at different forms of pot-limit or no-limit poker, including: holdem, Omaha, lowball, and seven-card stud.

Championship No-Limit & Pot-Limit Hold'em is T.J. Cloutier's helpful guide to winning no-limit hold'em tournaments.

This book offers basic introductory and advanced concepts and strategies for various pot-limit hands, as well as some mathematics and odds.

Strategy (Low-limit Hold 'Em)

This book teaches you to be a winner at small stakes games by teaching the aggressive style used by professional players. You will learn, with the help of examples, about all of the critical topics, such as: implied odds, pot equity, speculative hands, position, suited hands, hand categories, counting outs, evaluating the flop, large versus small pots, protecting your hand, betting for value on the river, and playing overcards.

Most poker players play low-limit games - $1-$2 through $6-$12. This book teaches low-limit players the strategies needed to win big money in these games.

Winning Low Limit Hold'em is considered the best book to learn how to play low-limit Texas hold 'em. The new and expanded edition includes coverage of online poker and no-limit hold'em single-table tournaments.

Author Bill Burton shows how to win low-limit Texas Hold’em. You'll learn the basics of play, the rules, starting hands, position, the proper times to check, raise, fold, and check raise, when to bluff and semi-bluff, and bankroll requirements.

The author, Kim Isaac Greenblatt, gives practical advice on playing low limit ring games.

Strategy (Middle Limit Hold 'Em)

This book, written by popular author David Sklansky, was one of the first really useful poker books to come onto the market. Some of the topics discussed include: starting hands, semi-bluffing, the free card, inducing bluffs, playing draws, playing when a pair flops, playing trash hands, desperation bets, playing in wild games, reading hands, psychology, and short-handed games.

Middle Limit Holdem Poker discusses holdem strategy for the $10-20 through $40-80 levels. The book analyzes over 400 hands, most taken from actual play.

Advanced Limit Hold 'em Strategy gives a clear presentation of analysis and concepts of how to play and win middle limit hold'em games. Some topics: hand selection, playing from the blinds, isolating, when to raise, when to check-raise, when to bet out, and when to delay raising.

Johnny Chan teaches all of the important concepts relating to limit hold 'em: playing the blinds, the importance of blind structure, avoiding traps, value betting, getting maximum value from hands, slowplaying big pairs, being aggressive, playing weak hands, making tough folds and tough calls, getting and avoiding giving free cards, continuation bets, isolation plays, defensive play, semi-bluffing, playing middle pairs, mixing up your play, and bankroll management.

This book aims to help experienced Limit Hold’Em players to improve their understanding of the game. The book is presented in a "test format", where readers choose the best answer to each question. All features of the game are discussed.


This book is a comprehensive guide to the game of Omaha. Some topics covered: origins of Omaha, betting structures, reading the board, general strategy for all Omaha games from opening hands to post-flop play, hand quizzes, Limit Omaha High, Omaha Hi-Low, Pot Limit Omaha, tournaments, differences and similarities with holdem, and miscellaneous topics.

Bill Boston wrote a detailed Omaha/8 book that tabulates the results of playing each possible starting hand. The book supplies extensive tables and raw research results forpoker players to study.

In Farha on Omaha, Sam Farha and Storms Reback, a noted poker writer, offer beginners simple strategic tips that will help them become winnings at the three most popular forms of Omaha - limit, eight-or-better, and pot-limit- for both cash games and tournaments.

This book teaches winning strategies for Omaha eight-or-better high-low split. Omaha is not a game that is understood very well, and books like this can help players profit from the widespread lack of knowledge.

Popular author Ken Warren turns has written an easy-to-understand book for Omaha beginners. It covers: betting and blind structure, the advantages of Omaha over Texas Hold'em, basic strategies, Omaha high, Omaha hi-low split 8/better, how to play draws and made hands, starting hands, counting outs, pot odds, split-pot games, the best and worst Omaha hands, how to play before the flop, on the flop, turn and river, and tournament strategy.

This is a clearly-written book from T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy that shows players how to play Omaha. IT covers: best starting hands, strategies for the flop, turn, and river, how to read the board for both high and low, dangerous draws, winning low-limit and high-stakes games and pot-limit, how to play against loose and tight opponents, strategies for re-buy and freeze-out tournaments.

Best-selling author Shane Smith shows beginning and intermediate players how to win at Omaha high-low poker. The book covers: game rules, betting and blind structure, why play Omaha, the advantages of Omaha over Texas hold'em, starting hands, playing the flop, turn, and river, tournament tips, and more.

Players learn how to beat low limit Omaha high-low games — from $2/4 to $5/10 games. Topics include: hand selection, reading hands, trap hands to avoid, split pot misconceptions, common mistakes, and how to play the preflop, flop, turn and river.

Omaha (Pot-Limit)

This book will teach you winning strategies at Omaha even if you've never played Omaha before. Key topics include: starting hand choices, playing draws, hand quizes, Limit Omaha and Pot-Limit Omaha.

Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the first books to analyze medium- and high-stakes PLO in great depth. The author, Rolf Slotboom, is a long-time successful PLO cash game player. Some of the topics covered: playing short-stacks, playing big-stacks, proper bet sizing, exploiting your opponents’ weaknesses, and practice hands.

This book teaches the fundamentals of hand valuation and then moves on to advanced concepts. Topics include: preflop hand strength, short stack play, wrap hands, blind stealing, marking aces, playing on the flop, good flops for bluffing, position, check-raising, pot size manipulation, blockers, and more.

This is the first book dedicated solely to PLO8 poker. It reveals the strategies that PLO8 specialists use to make money against players who don't know what they are doing.

This book consists of fifty quizzes based on real Pot-Limit Omaha hands which the author has experienced. At the end of each hand, he explains the rationale behind his decision.

Omaha (Pot-Limit Shorthanded)

Rolf Slotboom and Rob Hollink created this definitive guide to short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha. This book will tell you how to: when to raise with drawing hands, get your opponents to fold good hands, represent big hands, and more.

You'll learn all there is to know about: an advanced bluffing technique called "floating", advanced concepts like the Stack-to-Pot Ratio (SPR), deep stack leverage, the positional disadvantage/advantage, check-raising, bluff-raising, 3-betting after the flop without the nuts, value-betting the river, and picking off bluffs , winning short-handed pots.

Strategy (General)

Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein is a book that can improve the play of all players, from beginners to professionals. The book covers unique philosophies and topics from the world of poker such as: poker society, money management, family matters, and even sex.

In this book, Phil Hellmuth attempts to spread some of his poker wisdom relating to: analyzing situations, learning successful poker strategy, reading other players, and online poker. This is one of the weaker of the popular poker books on the market though.

This book tries to shed some new light on some of the fundamentals like going on tilt, the importance of position and how to cash in on it, as well as other random topics.

Mike Caro teaches the strategies, concepts and winning plays that make up the foundation of winning poker play.

This is a collection of all of Card Player author Roy Cooke's Play of Hand columns from 1992 to 1999.

This book contains essays Mason Malmuth wrote from 1996 through 2001, which are made to make the reader do a great deal of thinking about poker. Topics include: controlling tilting, marginal hands, bluffing, raising with suited connectors, keeping poker honest, reading hands, checking aces, and more.

Dave Apostolico's "Machiavellian Poker Strategy" shows you how to use Machiavellian's use of power to dominate at the poker table.

This book contains essays written by David Sklansky about random poker topics that are essential to winning play, including: tournament play, having a plan, choosing your game, playing according to your bankroll, middle-round strategy, what your opponent reads you for, the protected pot, extra outs, and others.

This book provides readers with a look at the game’s top players, how they win, and what you can learn from them. It gives profiles of Doyle Brunson, "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Chris Moneymaker, Howard "the Professor" Lederer, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

In this new and completely revised edition, Amarillo slim teaches you how to win big. Among the topics: judging opponents, probability, betting, bluffing, and when to pick up your chips and go home.

Originally published in 1984 under the title According to Doyle, this book is a collection of short stories of random anecdotes. This book is fine for beginners but any experienced poker player will be disappointed.

In this book, Phil Hellmuth shares some of his most memorable hands from the tournaments he has played. This is one of the weaker books on the market.

This book teaches you how to develop the mindset needed to become a winning player, which means doing constant self-evaluation and eliminating your leaks by using tools like a poker journal.

The Poker Aficionado is a Book of Lists for poker fans. It includes: Phil Gordon's ten poker commandments, five ways to cheat, the eight best poker movies, Mike Caro’s nine most common tells, Amarillo Slim's most famous sayings, the best snacks to have at a home game, Clonie Gowen on the advantages of being the only woman at the table, twelve famous players' good luck charms, and six secrets to winning at online poker.

The author teaches players helpful techniques and strategies, like how to evaluate competitors and identify their tendencies as well as how to hide your own exploitable habits. The book also gives descriptions of all the standard poker games and their variations.

This is Rolf Slotboom's collection of strategies, including: strategies for cash games, tournaments and on-line play, his short stack approach for full-ring Pot-Limit Omaha, analysis of deep-stack Pot-Limit Omaha and No Limit hold’em.

This book shows you the sixteen most common errors poker players make, and how to avoid them. It will help you find the leaks in your game and plug them for good.

This book is for small stakes players looking to move up or intermediate players who are struggling. The book teaches how to read hands and opponents, calculate odds and outs, adjust to game type, and more.

Strategy (Multiple Games)

Another book that some pros consider the poker book ever written. This classic features chapters written by some of poker's best superstars and theorists, such as David Sklansky, Mike Caro, Chip Reese, Bobby Baldwin, and Doyle Brunson. Each author covers the essential strategies and advice in their specialties. The book covers a wide variety of games, including: 7-card stud, draw, lowball, razz, high-low split, and hold'em.

Super System 2 brings together the greatest poker players and theorists to expand on the original book with new strategies, new concepts, new games, and new authors. The lineup includes: Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Lyle Berman, Bobby Baldwin, Johnny Chan, Mike Caro, Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, and Crandell Addington.

The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky discusses theories and concepts that apply to many different variations of poker, including five-card draw, seven-card stud, hold ’em, lowball draw, and razz. Some of the specific topics discussed are: the value of deception, bluffing, raising, slow-play, position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, free cards, and semibluffing. Many players consider this the best book ever written on poker.

This book by Ray Zee covers strategy and concepts from High-Low-Split Poker, Seven-Card Stud, and Omaha Eight-or-Better.

World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan teach beginning and intermediate players how to become an expert. All of the popular casino poker games are covered.

This book presents 15 chapters and more than 100 examples on winning money at 7 Stud, Texas Hold 'Em, Draw, Lowball, 7 Stud High-Low, Omaha High, and Omaha High-Low. Players learn key concepts like: being aggressive, creating fear at the table, reading tells, analyzing opponents, mastering the art of deception, playing position, and more.

This poker book is a collection of articles about the different skills needed for success at poker. Several different games are reviewed, including: limit holdem, no-limit holdem, and pot-limit Omaha.

7-Card Stud

This book is for low-limit and beginning 7-card stud players. Among the topics: correct betting, spread-limit and fixed-limit game, starting hands, 3rd-7th street strategy, overcards, selective aggressiveness, reading hands, psychology, and more.

First published in 1989, this book covers: the cards that are out, the number of players in the pot, stealing antes, playing small and medium and big pairs, playing three-flushes, playing three-straights, randomizing your play, fourth street, pairing your door card on fourth street, proper play on fifth, sixth, and seventh streets, defending against ante steals, playing against a paired door card, scare cards, free cards, loose games.

This is a good book for low- and middle-limit (up to 10/20) 7-card stud players. Ashley Adams shows players how to play a tight, aggressive game by explainging which starting hands you want to play and how to play them on each of the ensuing streets. He also shows advanced techniques players can use after they learn basic strategy.

This guide shows beginning and low-limit players how to play 7-card stud. Topics include: and basics of play, to how to play 3rd-7th streets, low (razz) and high-low variations, starting cards, position, which hands to play to the end, raising, check-raising, tells, game and seat selection, odds, keeping records, bluffing, reading hands, psychology, and more.

This book by Roy West is targeted to low- to middle-limit 7-card stud players and presents 42 lessons for reads to learn. The first half of the book is related to 7-card stud. The second half of the book is split between general poker advice and the advice from Tom McEvoy about Stud tournaments.


This book is one of the few resources dedicated to Razz poker. The book reveals strategies that are based on probabilities, hand simulations and actual play. Some of the topics covered: a new starting hand point system, how to steal antes, strategy for 4th street and 5th street play, why 6th street is knowing the numbers 7-1, and when to call on 7th street.

Strategy (Cash Games)

In Harrington on Cash Games: Volume I, Dan Harrington teaches the key concepts needed to be successful in cash games, including: starting hands selection, strategy for playing after the flop, the difference between playing against a single opponent versus multiple opponents, and more.

The second in Dan Harrington's series of poker books on cash games deals primarily with the turn and river, which are the two most difficult (and important) areas of play in a no-limit game.

Antonio Esfandiari, a regular at the biggest poker game in the world at the Bellagio, writes this entry in the series of World Poker Tour instructional books, which focuses on Texas Hold'em Cash Games.

Strategy (Shorthanded)

This book teaches you how to dominate short-handed games. You will learn: strategies for 6-handed, 3-handed, and heads-up play, how to play every street, which limits to play, how to handle the mental aspects and cope with the swings, how to use poker software and stats to maximize profits.

Secrets of Short-handed No Limit Hold'em explains the the thought processes of a successful high stakes player, teaches how to read hands, and features many hands from real high stakes shorthanded no limit hold’em cash games.

Authored by 2 very successful online players ("Stoxtrader" and "Zobags"), teaches that a tight and patient strategy doesn't cut it at shorthanded and high stakes games. This book addresses those games by looking at: pre-flop play, blind stealing, re-stealing, isolating a loose player, big blind and small blind defense, and blind versus blind play, and semi-bluffing.

This is another book in the Killer Poker series, which focuses on shorthanded play.

Strategy (Heads-Up)

This book is dedicated no-limit heads-up play. You will learn how to master: expected value, equity, value betting, and the mathematics of heads-up strategy, play and exploit each of the most common playing styles, manipulate the pot size, attack limpers, bluffing, aggression, difference between cash and tournament strategies.

Paul Wasicka, 2007 heads-up champion, presents the theory of how to win heads-up games by learning: how to use aggression, how to play weak and average hands for profit, how to push around passive players, how to trap aggressive players, pot manipulation, attacking limpers, bluffs, maximizing your equity, playing short and big stacks.

Strategy (Internet Poker)

Killer Poker Online, Volume 2 teaches more strategies to profit in online poker. Some of the topics covered: understanding and exploiting the weaknesses of online players, online-specific strategies, sit-and-gos, heads-up play, online cash games, and large-field online tournaments.

Two-time World Series of Poker champion Scott Fischman, shares his expert insight, wisdom, and strategies for playing great poker, specifically online poker.

An overview of Texas Hold'em and general poker concepts such as: probability and odds, bluffing, raising and check-raising, free cards, slowplaying, and inducing bluffs and calls. You'll learn how to play on the Internet and the differences in strategies between Internet and live play.

Performance Poker - No Limit! teaches beginning and intermediate players how to consistently profit at online poker play. The book includes the exclusive "19 Hand Holdem" Mastery system and a Quick Start Play Chart to use while playing online.

Tournaments (Hold 'Em)

This is the first of poker great Dan Harrington's series of books about No-limit hold 'em tournaments. This book focuses on the early and middle stages of tournaments when most players at the table have plenty of chips, and the blinds are small. Since it deals with pre-flop strategy, it tends to be a little formulaic and conservative.

This is the second volume in Harrington's trio of tournament books. It shows you how to play in the later phases of a tournament, when the field has been cut down, the blinds are growing, and the prize money is within sight. Harrington covers the more nuanced areas of strategy, like how to make moves, handle tricky plays, and heads-up play.

Unlike his first two books, this one is more practice than theory. It is devoted to hand analysis and Harrington walks you step-by-step through the decision-making process in dozens of hands.

The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide is a collection of strategies from Team Full Tilt, whose members are the best and most famous poker players in the world.

Three of the most dominant online players today - PearlJammer, Rizen, and Apestyles - reveal their decision-making processes using hands drawn from actual play. The three have had over $6,000,000 in cashes. They teach you when to play aggressively or tightly, make moves or hold back, make continuation bets, induce and pick off bluffs, and how to accumulate chips without risking your tournament life.

In Volume 2 in this series, Pearljammer, Apestyles and Rizen show you how to play the final table. You'll learn: analyze opponents' play, how to use changing stack sizes to your advantage, unique strategies for the final table, how hand selection changes in short-handed and heads-up play, and more.

This book provides specific strategies (hand value, position, aggression, speed of play) for winning small buy-in ($100 or less) no-limit hold'em tournaments.

Popular blackjack author Arnold Snyder (a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame) publishes some unique theories and commentary of poker subjects, like chip utility, tournament structures, patience, the impact of structures, tournament phases, and much more.

Gus Hansen shook up the poker world with his loose, aggressive style. In this book, Gus analyzes some of the tournament hands that he has played and reveals his secrets for winning that have helped him to win consistently.

This is David Sklansky's book on tournament strategies. Some of the topics covered include: how chips change value, the "Gap Concept", adjusting strategy to rising stakes, all-in strategy, final table play, making deals, the "System", playing against the blinds, and more.

This quick read relates the principles from Sun-Tzu's Art of War to No-limit Texas Hold-em tournaments. First, the author presents 10 principles and applies them to tournament strategy. The remainder of the book incorporates random wisdom from Sun-Tzu and relates it to poker.

A collection of poker superstars have been brought together to share their strategies, insights, and tactics for winning no-limit hold’em tournaments. The book features Daniel Negreanu, Dan Harrington, Marcel Luske, Kathy Liebert, Mike Sexton, Mel Judah, Marc Salem, T.J. Cloutier and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson.

In this version of the World Poker Tour instructional books, Erick Lindgren presents No–Limit Hold'em tournament strategies.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Tournament Poker will help players learn tournament strategies for Texas Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Seven Card Stud—as well as online tournaments.

This is another book in the Killer Poker series, focusing on tournaments. It covers several relevant topics, such as: probability, player hand distributions, player tracking software, and more.

This book teaches the best strategies for winning low-limit re-buy tournaments. The book teaches how to play the four different stages of a tournament (opening, middle, late, and final table). It includes advice on re-buys and aggressive play and advice from Mike Caro, Tom McEvoy, T.J. Cloutier, and Doyle Brunson.

This book teaches you how to play No-limit Hold'em tournaments that have buy-ins of $40 to $1,000. You'll learn: how to win despite a run of bad cards, how to assess good-value tournaments and avoid bad ones, how to play short stacks, how to build a big stack and use it as a weapon, the importance of position, how to change pace as the blinds increase.

This book teaches you 101 plays you can use to improve your no-limit tournament play. It's puts moves into different categories, including: pre-flop moves (isolation moves), on-the-flop moves (continuation bets, steal bets, and trap bets), turn and river moves (action-inducing bets, scare card moves, and bluffs), and moves specifically for heads-up play at the end of a tournament.

Kill Phil, published in 2006, will teach poker tournament players to compete against the best players in the world. It teaches how to use all-in moves and new strategies needed to adapt to the new style of hyper-aggressive play.

McEvoy and Daugherty teach 10 ways to win entry to big tournaments, how to win limit, no-limit, one-table, online and super satellites, and how to play the final table.

David Apostolico shows you how to apply advanced techniques and provides in-depth analysis of the hands he's played in real games.

This was one of the first books focusing on tournament poker. It is not for professionals, but is a fine introductory book for tournament beginners.

Tournaments (Sit N Gos)

Written specifically for online no-limit hold ’em sit-n-go players, this guide was written by a group of students who were successful at online poker. The book teaches steps and guidelines on how to be a winner.

Sit `N Go Strategy is a very useful book since there are limited books specifically about sit 'n gos. The book focuses on low and medium buy-in tourneys, but is also applicable to higher stakes players. The book is divided into sections on low blind play, medium blind play, and high blind play, since those are the definitive stages of a tournament where the strategies change.

This guide to sit’n’gos will teach you the strategies required for success in the early, middle and late stages of play for beginner and experienced players, including: all-in or fold strategies, using computer programs to improve your decisions, heads-up play with high blinds, and how to build a $200 bankroll to $100,000 in one year purely in SnGs.

This book concentrates on the most popular form of poker tournaments - sit n go's.

Strategy (Beginners)

This book teaches poker players how to play online. It covers: setting up your account, fund an account, online poker etiquette, winning strategy, tournaments, and more.

This book teaches the fundamental concepts and strategies to beginners. It covers: the rules for playing and betting, odds, etiquette, poker lingo, limit and no-limit, tournaments, playing online, managing your bankroll, which hand to play, when and how to bluff, the math of poker, and more.

Poker For Dummies covers the basics of poker and related strategy, including: knowing your opponents, understanding the odds, setting up a home game, playing in a casino, playing on the internet, poker slang, reading opponent's body language, poker tournaments, money management, and bluffing. Poker For Dummies covers games such as Seven-Card Stud, Omaha, and Texas Hold'em.

Andrew Glazer explains, using examples and lively anecdotes, all the basics of poker, including: strategy, etiquette, money management, odds, rules for Texas Hold’em, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Draw, and Five-Card Stud, bluffing, tells, and more.

Vorhaus presents a book of basic poker strategy aimed at beginning players looking to win at their local home game. It covers: the poker mindset, basic lingo, the rules of the most common poker games, how to host a game, strategies, non-complex odds, tournament, and how to play against various types of opponents.

This book teaching readers the basics of Texas Hold’em, no-limit strategies, and tournaments, and the basics for winning bigger cash pots.

This easy-to-follow guide explains the rules for Stud, Draw, High/Low, Hold 'Em, Tournaments, plus variations on all the games are covered, and the skills needed for each.

Poker Odds

This book by Yao (a former derivatives trader) includes some very insightful quantitative techniques to help you make quick-but-accurate calculations about specific situations, including: calculating pot odds, making different plays, and analyzing the strength of starting hands. This valuable book is mainly for intermediate and advanced players.

This book is an introduction to quantitative techniques that can be applied to poker and to a branch of mathematics that particularly relates to poker, game theory.

This book illustrates and analyzes Texas Hold 'em poker odds, allowing you to become a better Texas Hold 'em poker player.

This book explores all the mathematical methods of mastering both Texas Hold'em and Omaha, including: probability, strategy, and game theory.

This book answers all your odds questions and shows simple ways that anyone can learn to calculate odds. It covers all hold 'em games (limit, no-limit, and tournaments) and important situations (betting, calling, folding, raising, and bluffing). Some of the topics include: raising draws for value, backdoor draws, pre-flop all-in decisions, protecting your hand, the impact of stack sizes, and more. Included is a collection of Texas Hold'em odds reference charts.

Killer Poker by the Numbers arms readers with mathematical skills needed to evaluate all poker decisions. It focuses on no-limit hold'em cash games and tournaments (fullhanded and shorthanded).

This is a very specialized book packed with tables about draw poker odds. It presents the mathematics involved in choosing the correct strategies and how to calculate odds for any situation for every stage of the game.

This book shows the math involved in card distributions in Texas Hold’em, including: pre-flop odds, flop odds, turn odds, river odds, odds of improving specific hands, odds of achieving specific card formations by river


Matt Lessinger, a professional poker player and columnist, shows poker players how to bluff successfully. It showcases about 49 different example hands that illustrate how to bluff. The book focuses more on Omaha and 7-card stud, so readers looking for a book full of hold 'em bluffs may be disappointed.


Caro reveals the secrets of identifying and interpreting tells so you can learn when opponents are bluffing and when they aren't. The book teaches using over 170 photos of players showing the actual tells.

Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer specializing in nonverbal communication and behavior analysis, illustrates (with the help of poker pro Phil Hellmuth) how to interpret your opponents' body language and other tells while concealing your own.

This book is filled with behavioral information to give you an edge over your competition by learn when your opponents are bluffing, when they aren’t by analyzing body language, table talk, chip moves, eye contact, and more.

This book aims to combine tells with the personality of the player in order for readers to be able to interpret tells correctly. Since tells, like everything else with poker, are all about context. The book focuses on different personality types - their strengths, weaknesses, traits, and body language - and how to identify these types.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Poker Tells explains everything amateur poker players need to interpret tells and using them to develop their poker intuition.


This book explains seven attitudes and concepts that help players attain the optimal emotional, psychological, and behavioral traits required to play great poker. Some of the topics explored are: the psychological and emotional aspects of bankroll, the mental and emotional processes of your opponents, downswings, tilt, and bad beats.

Knowing yourself (your motivations, fears, reasons for playing, responses to the ups and downs) is vitally important to poker player's success. Al Schoonmaker identifies the characteristics of winners and helps you determine if you have those characteristics or can acquire them by forcing you to self-evaluate your attitudes and your game.

Many of mistakes that players make are psychological, not strategic. In this book Dr. Alan Schoonmaker will help build the psychological skills a poker player needs, such as monitoring yourself and assessing your assets and liabilities in order to increase your edge.

This is another of Alan Schoonmaker's books on building the psychological skills that a poker player needs. Some of the topics covered are: using Intuition vs. logic, evaluating yourself and the opposition, and understanding the emotional factors involved.

Dr. Schoonmaker, the popular poker psychology author, talks about the way that psychological factors affect a player's ability to play properly.

This book gives 100 useful rules for improving your play in addition to philosophies and theories that give poker players much to ponder.

This book blends life lessons with poker strategy in order to create a approach to playing successful poker and having a happy life. The book offers more than 280 rules to bring you to new levels of personal achievement.

This book on poker psychology will help players optimize their thinking process. Topics included are: playing too many hands, short-handed play, and more.


This book allows a fascinating look into the high-stakes games between Andy Beal (a multimillionaire obsessed with beating the world's best poker players at their game, limit Texas hold 'em) and a group of professional players organized by Doyle Brunson who put up $10,000,000 to play Beal.

Andy Bellin writes about stories from his personal life as a professional player (much of it spend in illegal underground clubs), as well as general advice on how to play the game.

In 2000, novelist James McManus was sent to Las Vegas by Harper's magazine to write a story about the World Series of Poker, but he ended up entering the tournament and almost winning it. This is the story of his tournament experience as well as the tale of the death of Ted Binion. This is one of the best poker books ever.

Twenty of the world's top poker players tell you how they became professional players. Included are stories from: Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth , Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu Annie Duke, Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, Carlos Mortensen, Chau Giang, Jennifer Harman, Allen Cunningham, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, David 'Devilfish' Ulliott, Layne Flack, Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Tom Dwan, and Peter Eastgate.

This is a book about the author's year that he spent as a professional poker player in 1989. The book also talks about random topics, including: players of the game, poker theories, memories of Las Vegas, and his friendship with another popular poker writer, A. Alvarez.

This is a book about a bunch of poker-playing friends who went to Stanford together and began a weekly poker game that led some of them to a life of playing poker professionally. Included in the group are Phil Gordon and Perry Friedman.

This is Katy Lederer's (sister of Annie Duke and Howard Lederer) memoir about growing up in the dysfunctional Lederer family. She covers her Annie's and Howard's growth as poker players and the family members' relationship with each other. FYI: There is very little about poker.

This is a collection of essays, short stories, book excerpts, and poems about the game of poker. Much of the material here is more literary (like Mark Twain's writing) and won't appeal to the mass reader.

The author give details about his three-month adventure where he hopes to win enough money to take on the big players at California's Commerce Casino. This book is both a technical poker book and also an insider's examination of the world and lifestyle of poker players.

This is Richard Sparks story about setting out to play poker after getting World Champion of Poker Tom McEvoy to sign on as his personal coach. The book tells his adventures (playing on board the Party Poker Million Cruise, talking to famous poker players, and discussing the future of poker with the man behind the World Poker Tour) as well as instruction from McEvoy and real life poker action.

Take Me to the River is a hilarious story about one man's obsession with poker and his trip to the 2005 World Series of Poker.

Talkin' About Poker is the first book written to help parents educate themselves about poker, communicate with their young poker players, and determine if they are playing in a healthy way. It describes compulsive gambling behaviors and provides suggestions on ways to help college and high school kids avoid the pitfalls in the world of poker.

This book is a collection of interesting poker stories and events from 1808 to today, with each story only a couple of pages long.

This is a collection of entertaining essays by gambling writer David Spanier. He talks about his introduction to gambling as a schoolboy at a prestigious boarding school in England, betting on horse races, an examination of poker on the internet, his Tuesday night poker club, as well as other personal anecdotes from his life.

This is an account of an ordinary man's dream of playing in the World Series of Poker's main event while trying to juggle his family life and work. The story chronicles his preparation for (by playing online poker for pennies) and participation in the tournament.


This is the story of Doyle Brunson, arguably the greatest poker player of all time. It details his life from the beginning up until now. It tells about his early days of poker (gun fights, stabbings, mobsters, murders), his health (he was diagnosed with incurable cancer), his broke times, his rich times, his athletic dreams (a freak injury killed his path to the NBA after he was drafted by the Lakers), and his personal life (the death of his daughter).

This is the biography of the poker and gin superstar Stu Ungar - his prodigy, his gambling, his drug habit, his millions in winnings, his death, his self-destructive demons, and more. Included are stories from members of the poker world, like Doyle Brunson and Mike Sexton.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow holds nothing back in this autobiography that tells the story of his beginnings in a trailer park to a lifestyle full of sex and women. Behind his success and million dollar winnings, there are his stories about mental illness, depression, drugs, and jail time.

This is the memoir of legendary gambler Amarillo Slim Preston. It describes the various characters he has encountered, like Evel Knievel, Willie Nelson, and Minnesota Fats, and drug lord Pablo Escobar. and Larry Flynt. Readers should know that it is not a poker strategy book.

This book by Ron Rose has biographies, facts, photos, and histories of some of the most popular poker players in the world.

Matt Matros details his story of growth as a poker player - from his home games to the televised WPT tournament where he won $700k. Some of the topics: game theory, spotting tells, playing as a manaic, talking your opponents to death, heads-up theory, online poker, running bad, and televised poker.

This is a classic, although somewhat dated, poker book and was one of the first to give details about poker strategy. It is well-written and entertaining that makes some interesting comments on poker and life. Although this book is not specifically a strategy book, the book does present some conservative advice.

Written by Annie Duke, this book weaves two different stories - one about poker (playing at the World Series) and her life story.

Chris Moneymaker presents a hand-by-hand account of his experience in winning the 2003 World Series of Poker, and $2.5 million, by winning a $40 satellite.

Dave Ulliott was a petty criminal at age 16 — a safe-cracker who spent his 21st birthday in prison. After becoming a pawnbroker, he turned his gambling hobby into a very lucrative career. He was the first British player to win a $500,000 poker tournament in the U.S., the first player to win the Late Night Poker series, and is now the face of

Lyle Berman shares the story of his life, including the birth and early struggles of the World Poker Tour.

Lona Rubenstein describes her journey into cyberspace and the world of online poker, while also rediscovering the game of life

Poker History

Ghosts at the Table is a definitive guide to the history of poker. The book is divided into four different ages: the initial frontier stage in the late 1800s, the road gamblers of the 1950s, the Las Vegas era of the 1970s, and the current boom.

Cowboys Full is James McManus's book that details comprehensive history of the game of poker, which has been part of American culture for two centuries, from its early 19th-century roots to the re-emergence of poker in recent years.

Poker History (WSOP)

This coffee table book, filled with full page photographs, chronicles 52 of the finest moments from the World Series.

This book details the history of a WSOP, which has grown from its beginnings in 1970 to today, where thousands of players compete for millions of dollars in prize money.

B&M Stories

"Confessions of a Poker Dealer" is a short history of poker played in casinos since the late 1970's. It covers from the late 1970's, throughout the 1980's and 1990's, and finally to the "television generation" starting in 2002.

A first-hand look at casino poker in the San Francisco Bay area. This book is a unique insider's experience of the culture, personalities and behavior of players, dealers and casino management. A fascinating view of the realities around 3/6 and 6/12 limit Texas Holdem.

Poker & Careers

The author's thesis is that gambling is a fundamental activity in the realm of investments and economics. Therefore, poker is a tool that can teach you how to evaluate financial risk.

In this book, author David Apostolico takes core poker philosophies and applies them to various business situations. Readers learn how to develop a poker mindset to help them in all aspects of their business lives. Apostolico, who has played the world's top poker professionals and negotiated mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street, teaches skills like: reading the opposition, adapting to changing circumstances, being innovative, and thinking like a winner.

This book shows you how basic poker skills can be used to add to your business success - no matter what your position in the business world is. Some of the skills and concepts are: risk and reward, how to read others, when to bluff, and when to walk away, ability to think strategically and make split-second decisions, recover from a loss, expected value, regression to the mean, seeing things from the perspective of others.

This book tells you how to put your poker playing skills and theories to use in the business world where the game of corporate politics is very similar to poker. Among the skills you'll learn are: knowing your opponent, defining your playing style, leaving your emotions at the door; making the most out of a great hand, knowing when and how to bluff, and knowing when you're beat, and knowing when to go all in.

This book compares the skills and characteristics required to succeed at poker with those needed to succeed in business and life. It has practical advice for beating opponents and achieving success.

Lubet, a law professor, sees much in common between the practice of law and the game of poker. He points out how lawyers can benefit from studying poker strategy and how to transfer poker lessons to the courtroom. The book is divided into different function areas: maximizing winnings, controlling the opposition, digging for information, and ethics and character.

This book uses poker principles to teach leadership skills.

This book shows how poker principles can be used to be successful in the workplace, like: focusing on people, managing complexity, exercise discipline, having the courage to make difficult decisions.

Tom Schneider, a former CEO, and current professional poker player points out the similarities between the business and the gambling worlds.

Poker & Life

This book shows how poker can teach you lessons about different areas of life, like: finance (money management, risk and reward); mathematics (probability and odds); sociology (getting along with different kinds of personalities); literature (playing by the book); and, above all, psychology (perceptive, intuition, and observation).

This book celebrates the game of poker and its places in our history and culture. It examines the game from many angles and relates the game to various subjects, like film (the movie The Hustler) and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This is a collection of articles by David Sklansky that have appeared in various publications, including Card Player, and Two-Plus-Two. Some of the articles are about gambling and some are about life. Gambling topics include: Are Great Players Born? Talent Versus Discipline, Pros Versus Wannabes, and Bluff Raising as the Big Blind. Some life topics include: Coincidences, Some Thoughts on Dying, and Crime and Punishment.

The author attempts to connect poker theory to other concepts like game theory, economics, business, & war.

This collection of essays relates poker issues to philosophical questions: Machiavelli (it’s a lot better to be feared than loved), lying, Does God play cards with the universe? What’s the most existential poker movie ever made? Is life more meaningful when you go all-in?

Women & Poker

This book is targeted to female players who want to beat the guys at poker. Among the topics covered: poker history, important women poker players, game tutorials (hold 'em, stud), tells, and tournaments.

This book is for women who want to dominate poker. Maryann Morrison has compiled stories, insights, strategies, and tips from 16 women poker players, including professionals, amateur, and beginners.

Jane Barnstuble, a regular contributor to Card Player magazine, introduces the game of poker to every woman who hasn’t yet learned to play. The 96-page book covers: basic rules and stratgies, popular variations, psychology, reading other players’ body language. The Poker Pack includes playing cards, poker chips, a scorecard, and a pencil.

Written for female poker players, this book teaches women how to exploit their natural advantage at Texas Hold’em and Seven-Card Stud. It covers: projecting a winning image, choosing the most profitable table and the best seat, recognizing your own tells, who to bluff and not bluff, understanding your strengths and weaknesses.

This women's guide to poker will teach you: winning strategies, table manners, poker slang, flirting, bitching, and other ways to use being a girl to your advantage, and Advice on improving your love life through poker.


This novel follows the lives of three talented, young poker players as they chase fame and money in a world filled with addiction.

Texas Poker Wisdom is a novel by Johnny Hughes about a character named Matthew "Slick" O'Malley, who has been a Texas road gambler for fifty years and wants to teach his nephew, Dylan, everything about poker.

This is a novel about the World Series of Poker main event in the year 2013 and beyond. The reader will play the tournament through the eyes of an aging professional poker player, who learns to never give up when it doesn't seem possible to continue, as he comes full circle with his past.

Life on Tilt is a novel about Johnnoe Zandoken, a man who is leading the double life of a family man and poker aficionado and must deal with the conflict of his withering marriage and his growing poker prowess.

This is a novelization of the movie. Bobby is an office worker by day and gambler by night in urban Los Angeles and this is the story of his life: the job, the bar, the girls, hustlers, mobsters, and high-stakes veterans.

Poker & Taxes

This book is one of the few resources offering poker players tax advice that is specifically targeted to their needs. The author covers: procedures for reporting, the difference between poker as a hobby and poker as a profession, deduct poker-related expenses, and more.

Playing Poker For A Living

Being a professional poker player means more than just playing poker well. This book is a realistic examination of playing professional poker and shows you the steps you need you need to take to play for a living. It deals with important questions relating to playing professionally, such as: What are the skills needed to play for a living? Should you quit your job? Should you play full-time or part-time? How much can you make? How much do you need to get started? It also deals with key issues, such as: managing bankrolls, work hours, tournaments vs. cash games, travel, emotional control, paying taxes, getting staked, and online play.

This book is a tool that helps you become a better poker player by keeping accurate and detailed records of your individual poker sessions. It records: location, game (tournament/cash) and game type, limits, number of players, buy in & cash out, time played, hourly rate, your poker goals, lessons learned, and notes on frequent opponents, and session notes about key hands and random stuff.

Poker Rulebook

This poker rule book is one of the most complete set of poker rules ever published. The book combines some of the most respected sources on poker rules (Robert's Rules of Poker, the Poker Tournament Directors Association Rules, the World Series of Poker Rules) into a single volume.

This book provides a uniform set of rules for the most common games: Texas Hold'em, Seven-Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High-Low Split, Razz, Five-Card Stud, Five-Card Stud, Omaha Hold'em High, Omaha Hold'em High-Low Split, Draw and Lowball. When deciding which rules to use, the book weighs five important factors: fairness, the efficiency of the game, simplicity, tradition, and inducing action.

THE RULES OF POKER lays out all of the rules and includes a thorough and easy-to-use index for looking up rules.

Dealer Handbook

This is the ultimate book for anyone interested in a career as a professional poker dealer.

Home Poker

Poker Night: Dealer's Choice A-Z is a reference book for running a home game. It includes: how to start a weekly home poker night with your friends, what you need (chips, coins, cards, table top, etc.) where to buy, hundreds of poker variations, and basic poker strategy.

Dealer's Choice is the ultimate guide to low-stakes, friendly home poker games. This book talks about the basic principles of the game that beginners need to know (betting, bluffing, hand values), tips on hosting a home game, and poker variations like Baseball, Follow the Queen, and more uncommon games.

This book will help you start a home game. Among the topics covered: what you'll need, running the game, home poker etiquette, basic poker strategy, home poker tournaments, different poker variations, cheaters, and the law.

After researching the construction process, the author gives detailed and simple plans on constructing a great poker table with tools found in the average workshop.

This book gives detailed instructions on setting up a poker game at home. It then describes basic poker strategy and tactics for the most popular games (Texas Hold'em, seven-card stud, and omaha/8).

This book is a guide to various home games. It profiles the popular games - Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Stud, and Five-Card Draw - as well the more informal games like Baseball, High-Low, Roll Your Own, Guts, and High/Low Chicago.

This book describes more than 90 of everyone's favorite dealer's choice games as well as tips, history, rules, strategy, lingo, and bluffing.

This is a great book for those poker players who are more interested in having fun than making money at the tables. It provides good advice for setting up and hosting games and provides lots of game variations to try out.


This illustrated guide gives detailed descriptions of the techniques cheaters use - marked cards, false shuffles, shifty cuts - and will show you how to detect and protect yourself against card cheaters - offline and online.

Casino cheating expert Richard Marcus talks about the different types of poker cheating (collusion, sleight-of-hand, marked cards and chip dumping) that occurs in casinos, home games, online, and in tournaments.

Deception expert Allan Kronzek shows 52 different ways to get cheated at poker, including: codes and signaling systems, hidden cameras, miniature ear pieces, false cuts and shuffles, peeking and flashing, deck switches, marked cards, and dozens of other techniques. Each chapter gives illustrations and advice on how to spot and the cheating and protect yourself.

Chips Tricks

This book provides readers with detailed instructions and more than 200 photographs illustrating how to do more than 30 different chip tricks, including: the "front to back", "switches", "chip snaps", the "back spin", "salt shaker", "the pull under", the "twirl", the "knuckle roll", and the "butterfly".

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