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· Published 19.06.2019 · last updated 19.06.2019

five best poker books to read

Every serious poker player should be ahead of the curve and continuously develop his/her skills. However, this is true with both the poker game and any other profession – if you want to be successful, you need to study no matter how old you are. Poker pros have confirmed these assertions in their numerous interviews.

There are no doubts that watching training videos of a seasoned professional or reading a blog on your favorite poker site is an excellent way to improve your game. There will be times when you need some more profound knowledge in the various aspects. A structured startling book can help you to systemize your knowledge. A good book under your belt will become your ace in the hole.

Before we take a look at the poker books list, let’s consider something: Daniel Negreanu stated in a post while writing about selecting one. In poker, you should not separate the author’s achievements from their work. Unlike many other alike pastimes, success at the tables has to reflect the knowledge about poker.

1. Alton Hardin: Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition: Fundamental No-Limit Hold’em Mathematics You Need to Know


Alton Hardin is a number 1 Amazon best-selling author and poker coach. He published several poker books and founded MicroGrinder Poker School. In his book, he showed that math is an essential aspect to No Limit Holdem poker, but it is often not used because many poker players fear it is too difficult to learn. Even if you are not good at math, Alton gave the tools in his book that will significantly improve your game. Moreover, you can instantly apply simple math at the poker table to gain a huge skill advantage over your opponents.

2. Gus Hansen: Every Hand Revealed

This is a must-read book, that based on a world-famous poker pro experience providing insights into the processes that rove a remarkable tournament performance. You get a chance to get the right insight the mind of a successful poker player as well as to learn his winning secrets.  Hansen won his 5th major title in 2007 when he was Aussie Millions Champion, outclassing more than 700 players to take home a stunning $1.2M in prize money. The author analyzes over 300 hands he made on his way to the final victorious side.

Among others, you will learn every bluff, precise calculation, educated guess and how he reads of his opponents and many more useful things.

3. Jared Tendler: The Mental Game of Poker

As an exception rule mentioned earlier, here is one book that was written by a non-player that received reputable recognition. Here you will know everything about the mental poker game considered as important as your strategies skills. Poker is a game where you can be a perfect player and do all the right things, but you are doomed to lose from time to time. This aspect ruined the carrier of many ambitious players and made them stop. In this book, you’ll find simple step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to permanently fix problems such as tilt, handling variance, emotional control, confidence, fear, and motivation.

4. David Sklansky: The Theory of Poker

This is considered a great book in poker today. The book exposes players to the Poker fundamental Theorems, its implications, and how it should reflect on your play. Other chapters of the book discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of a position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semi-bluffing. Notable poker professionals today would definitely tell you that this is the book that made an impact on their play. There are some tips and ideas you won`t find in any other source that separate the experts from the ordinary players. Those who are familiar with this book will leave behind those who don’t.

5. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier: The Raiser’s Edge


Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, one of the famous tournament-poker players in the world, who collaborated with Lee Nelson and Tysen Streib, the authors of the applauded cutting-edge tournament strategy book Kill Everyone, and poker professional Tony Dunst penned this ground-breaking title.

This book will teach you unique techniques used by the world’s most successful players, including 3- and 4-betting, floating and squeezing, smooth-calling and min-raising, thin value betting, and the evolution of the metagame, along with equilibrium strategies based on starting hands and heads-up play. The author included some tips about the paying style depending on the ages and nationalities of your opponents. There’s also an extensive bonus chapter on reading tells, contributed by body-language expert Steve Van Aperen.

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