6 Must-Read Books For Every Poker Player to Win Big

Wed / August / 2017

Want to improve your poker game? But hate reading big fat books? Well, if you are in it for the win, then reading some great books can actually help you to polish your poker skills.

Do You Really Need To Read? I Mean REALLY?

Fact: Your rivals are smart, experienced and determined to beat you by any means necessary. And books are the best weapons you have to claim your winning title in Indian poker. Cracking open a book can help you to play strategically with the cards you’re dealt and also tactfully deal with the human side of the game.

Let’s be honest. I am not much of a reader myself, but I still find these books enjoyable. I learnt a number of strategies/poker moves which I can easily apply in my game.

So here I have listed some of the best books to read to beat your poker opponent:

#1 Excelling At No-Limit Hold’em by Jonathan Little

This book is a gem in poker literature. Little assembles 17 of the most reputed poker players like Phil Hellmuth, Olivier Busquet, Mike Sexton & Chris Moneymaker to cover a massive 500 pages. Whether you play the game for recreational purposes or to win serious money, the book offers you everything you need to know from comprehensive insight & information, detailed strategy guide, advanced theories and solid motivation for anyone who wants to play the game. This book is not just a must read, but perhaps The Bible of poker.

#2 Sit n Go Strategy by Collin Moshman

If you are trying to improve your single-table SNG play then this is the go-to book. The book is pretty detailed and advances in a linear pattern without wasting any pages. It smartly covers the fundamental stages of SNG play along with a few chapters that focus on meta-game subject matters. Being a reputed SNG player, Moshman is able to create the definitive guide to essential SNG play.

Each chapter covers a separate concept and includes concept illustrations which help the reader to easily understand and retain the details.

#3 Essential Poker Math by Alton Hardin

The book solely focuses on the crucial aspect of poker math and makes it simple and understandable for everybody. The book covers a wide range of topics from Probability and odds, how to calculate pot odds, applying pot equity and the rule of 2 & 4, using expected value (EV) to evaluate plays etc. You will also develop a clear understanding of the calculations behind bluffs & hero calls and learn various card combinations. Hardin, the founder of MicroGrinder Poker School, offers several examples that can help both beginners and advanced players.

#4 Poker by Ian Dunross

Poker: Everything You Need To Know About Poker From Beginner To Expert is a sure winner. It covers 12 essential topics on the game from common terms, poker hand ratings, player personalities to reading your opponents, bluffing etc. It helps you learn the basics, etiquettes & rules, the objectives for playing the game, why and how to bet, what should be your betting size, when to fold your hand and other nitty-gritties. The book is well researched and written in a way to give head start into the game of poker.

#5 The Poker Mindset by Ian Taylor and Matthew Hilger

Let me be clear, you will not learn anything about poker strategy from this book. However, this book will compel you to look at the game from a different perspective. If you know the rules, plays and strategies but still not bagging those chips, then this book can make a difference. Ian and Matthew help you realize why it is important to have the right attitude to win big in poker, specifically in the chapters covering tilt, bankrolls & managing downswing.

You will get an in-depth look at the psyche of players and learn the psychology behind poker. Although the book is rather repetitive but it’s certainly a must read.

#6 The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee by John Little

I know what you are thinking. What does one of the greatest martial artists in history has to do with poker? For one, Lee was not only an actor and martial artist, but also a philosopher. This book will teach you discipline, self-improvement and empower you to overcome challenges whether in life or at the poker table. Each chapter is a valuable life lesson and opens you up to explore new ideas not only in the game, but also in life.

Apart from the books mentioned above, here are 10 other excellent poker books for beginners & experts that I can confidently recommend for serious players –

  • Kill Everyone by Lee Nelson
  • Poker’s 1% by Ed Miller
  • The Theory Of Poker by David Sklansky
  • The Course by Ed Miller
  • Decide To Play Great Poker by Annie Duke
  • The Habits Of Winning Poker Players by Ashton Cartwright
  • Real Grinders by Ashton Cartwright
  • The Mental Game Of Poker by Jared Tendler
  • Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen
  • Harrington on Hold’em (Vol. I and Vol II) by Dan Harrington

So there you have it. I am sure reading these amazing books will undoubtedly improve your game and help you boost your earnings.

If you think I have missed any good book or if you wish to add to this list, then type away in the comment box below.