It might be difficult to guess which poker books are worth reading and which ones are over-hyped. The following six books, however, are worth a read, no matter how far we get in the evolution of complex poker strategy. 

Videos and podcasts on poker might be fool proof ways to educate yourself about the sport, but some of the best learning you would grasp is through timeless classics, and by that we mean the best of books on poker. 

Books are one of the best resources of information you can get hold of, especially on the subject of poker, pertaining to poker news, facts and strategies on poker, and is one of the best ways to improve your skills on the game. Despite people saying that knowledge found in books can be outdated, truth is that many key principles of poker statistics are still being applied and having them organized in these below mentioned books will definitely help us to become better players.

Here at one of India’s best poker news portals, we’ve rounded up our top picks on the subject of poker: 

  • The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How to Think Like One – David Sklansky

Considered as the very best book ever written on poker, it provides an excellent introduction to game theory and developing sound poker play. Some may find this a bit outdated and somewhat dense, but it contains all useful information for many different poker games including stud, draw, razz and low ball. Judged by the name, this one focuses on poker theory by introducing readers and players alike to the value of deception, raising, slow-play, bluffing, semi-bluffing, the value of position, heads-up play, implied odds, free cards, and poker psychology. Beginners are going to love this one since you learn how to play poker and with further practice, carry on winning online/offline poker tournaments. 

  • Molly’s Game – Molly Bloom

This book, however, isn’t necessarily for basic poker learning. At least not how to play poker. However, it will teach you a couple things about the high stakes poker tournaments that happens behind the scenes. Molly Bloom arranged high stakes poker tournaments for the elite and rich, including a lot of Hollywood A-listers. Molly brilliantly tells her own true story and has lived an extraordinary life. This book has a movie of the same name as well so if you’re not much of a reader and still want a good story at the end, watch the movie for sure! 

  • Harrington On Hold ’Em Vol. 2: Endgame – Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington, 1995 World Series of Poker Champion covers the later phases in the live poker tournaments when bigger pots are at stake. The best feature of this book is that it provides the reader with a lot of hand analysis, explaining play and strategy step-by-step. It has many illustrations that’ll help explain bluffing, steals, pre-flop, bets and more. It’s more like a manual rather than a book so it may not be the most entertaining.  

  • Reading poker tells – Zachary Elwood

Regarded as one of the best books on ‘poker tells’! This book will help you develop architectural frameworks in your mind to be able to identify different behaviors in other poker players and to spot when your opponent is lying. You’ll also learn how to avoid giving tells to your opponents that might blow up your strategy in poker. 

  • Raiser’s Edge – Bertrand Grospellier

Grospellier brings forth the concept of fear equity, which creates poker’s holy trinity between pot equity and fold equity. He explains how ‘Image’ and ‘Aura’ belong in poker literature and goes on to discuss the different poker player types in up-and-coming markets, thereby giving readers a good idea of what countries are worth travelling to in order to find the best value. He also wrote about strategic play for each stage of the tournament and each stack size, whether its online of live poker. The book also mentioned the concept of the bubble factor in detail, which is one of the most crucial factors for success in tournament poker play. 

  • The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King – Michael Craig

Michael Craig tells the story of an amateur who takes on the best in the world for the highest stakes in poker ever. In 2001 a billionaire banker by the name Andy Beal strolled into the Bellagio Poker Room. It didn’t take long before he was playing for the highest stakes in poker in history. The games took place over a number of years, and each year Beal came back better and better.

But that didn’t stop a “corporation” of poker players from pooling their money and taking turns playing the Dallas billionaire heads-up with at mind boggling high stakes ranging from $500/$1,000 to $50,000/$100,000 limit hold’em.

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