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Best poker book?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Thanks for comin' out, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Hey, I think I'm going make my move from house games to casino poker. I'm looking for a to-the-point book to sharpen my skills. I've been playing infrequently for years, but I wanted to tighten my game up.
    I don't need a "This is the flop, this is the turn ... " book. Something more advanced that can teach me something without bustling through 500 pages. Any suggestions?
  2. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    All of the Sklansky books are excellent. If you're playing tournament poker, the Harrington on Hold'Em books are essential reading.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


    The classic everyone loves.
  4. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I'm a big fan of Sklansky.
    Try 'Hold 'Em Poker,' 'Hold 'Em Poker for Advanced Players' and 'The Theory of Poker.'
    He's tremendous.
    Check his affiliated Web site at twoplustwo.com.
  5. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Agreed. Mike Caro's Pro Poker Tells also helps tremendously.
  6. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I think SKlanksy's better than Brunson.
    That doesn't mean that he's a better player than Brunson, but his books are better.
  7. Phil Gordon's books are solid, but a little elementary ... If you're willing to spend some time, the best is probably Dan Harrington's ...

  8. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    I'm going to second (third?) Harrington.
  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Tight, with meaningful flashes of aggression, is the answer . . . and Harrington personifies it.
  10. LiveStrong

    LiveStrong Active Member

    Fifthed? on Harrington. I also thought Hellmuth's Play Poker Like the Pros was very good. (not his bat beats book, though)
  11. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Sixth on Harrington's book.

    Super/System is a must-read, too.
  12. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Super System is essential. I look at that book, as well Sklansky and Caro's books like I would a textbook. If you want to learn about your subject and get good at it, these books are essential to your learning process. And they'll pay for themselves, I'll promise you that.

    I thought Hellmuth's book, Play Poker Like the Pros was quite rudimentary and useless. Avoid it if you've played more than two or three times.

    Haven't read Harrington yet.
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