Additional Resources

By Tim Ryerson | September 14, 2010

If you began these lessons at the beginner level and worked your way through the intermediate and advanced sections you’ve made quite a journey. The important thing to realize is that although you’ve been exposed to a wealth of information you haven’t reached the end. If you truly aspire to become a better poker player, you never will reach the end because you will never stop learning about poker. The more you learn the more you will recognize how deep and rich the game of poker truly is and how much more there is to learn.

Recommended Poker Books

Reading books is one of the best ways to improve your poker skills, aside from playing experience and studying the lessons at of course! There are many poker books to choose from, and for this final lesson we’ll give a rundown of those we think you should strongly consider reading. Unfortunately they aren’t free, unlike However if you’re serious about improving your game then they are well worth the small investment.

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Theory of Poker

The Theory of Poker, by David Sklansky
This book is not game specific but covers essential theory which is critical to all poker games. Originally published as “Winning Poker” it has been updated and republished numerous times. Considered by many as the most important book on poker ever written it is a must read for every serious student of the game.

Poker Tells, by Mike Caro
Although there have been newer entries on the subject of poker tells, Caro’s book remains the preeminent work. One should take his estimates of the dollar value of each tell with a grain of salt but that doesn’t diminish the importance of this book. Another must read for every serious poker player.

Pot-Limit and No-Limit Poker, by Stewart Reuben and Bob Ciaffone
This book covers several forms of poker including high-low split pot version and is one of the first contributions to poker literature focused to pot-limit and no-limit betting formats. The book is geared towards experienced players who wish to learn more about big bet poker and includes quizzes in order for readers to evaluate their retention of the material.

Super System

Super System, by Doyle Brunson
Subtitled “A Course in Power Poker” and originally titled “How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker” it is still considered by many as the Bible of poker, especially no-limit. It features several different varieties of poker presented by some of the most notable authorities with Doyle Brunson himself handling the no-limit hold’em chapter.

Super System 2, by Doyle Brunson
Also subtitled “A Course in Power Poker” this is an updated version of the original. Brunson still brought on several experts to write chapters on versions of poker such as limit hold’em, Omaha eight or better, seven card stud high-low eight or better, pot-limit Omaha high, and triple draw lowball while, once again, saving the chapter on no-limit hold’em for himself. Weighing in at almost 700 pages it is a worthy addition to any poker library.

Power Hold'em Strategy

Power Hold’em Strategy, by Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu emulated Doyle Brunson’s approach by inviting several contemporaries to write various chapters. The difference is that all chapters are focused to no-limit hold’em. The book covers tournament play, cash games, and full as well as short handed on-line games. Negreanu’s signature chapter is entitled Small Ball and delves into his own approach to no-limit hold’em. A fascinating read which I highly recommend.

NL Hold'em Theory & Practice

No Limit Hold’em – Theory and Practice, by David Sklansky and Ed Miller
David Sklansky is well known to serious poker players and his book, “Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players”, co-authored by Mason Malmuth is considered the absolute best treatise on the subject of limit hold’em. In this work he makes a major contribution to the much more complex subject of no-limit hold’em.

Harrington on Cash Games, by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie
This two volume set on no-limit cash play was done after the wildly popular three volume tournament set (covered below) was published. These two books do not cover much new ground but are certainly well worth reading. Full of hand examples and analysis, the experienced reader can still glean several nuggets of wisdom.

Tournament Poker Books

Tournament Poker for Advanced Players

Tournament Poker – For Advanced Players, by David Sklansky
One of the games top theorists, David Sklansky focuses to the differences between cash game and tournament poker in this text. Some of the ideas covered are what Sklansky has dubbed the ‘Gap Concept’, how chips change in value, adjusting tactics as the stakes rise, all-in strategies, making deals and many other vital concepts of tournament poker.

Poker Tournament Forumla

Poker Tournament Formula, by Arnold Snyder
This is a fascinating read with strategies that differ from many of the other texts on the market. It focuses to the “fast” no-limit hold’em tournaments that are so popular on the internet. Snyder defines a “fast” tournament as any multi-table tournament that has blind levels that last less than an hour. If you play small buy-in “fast” tournaments, the advice in Snyder’s book should help you tremendously.

Harrington on Hold'em Vol 1

Harrington on Hold’em, by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie
This book is subtitled “Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments” and is the first of three books; (Strategic Play, The Endgame, The Workbook). This book set is a tour de force of no-limit tournament hold’em advice. Some of the many topics covered include hand analysis, inflection points, heads-up play and the zone system. If tournament play is what gets your adrenalin flowing then an investment in these three books is a must.

Never Stop Learning!

As stated in the opening of this section – you never stop learning about poker. In fact, I believe it would be safe to state, if you believe you have learned all you need to and rest on those laurels; you will be moving backward relative to the legion of players that continue to work on their game. The game itself is fluid and is always changing with new strategies evolving all the time.

One last thought – remember that poker is only a game!


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