The 5 Best Poker Books Ever Written

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Poker is one of the world’s most strategic and alluring games. It’s almost certainly the most well-known casino table game and is played by millions every day, whether it’s online, at official tournaments, at a casino or with friends. As a result of its popularity the world is full of Poker Experts, as well as a fair few ‘so-called experts’, many of whom have chosen to share their knowledge, tips and bluffs with the world in book form.

There are literally thousands of books out there that have been written about Poker. An Amazon search throws up some 10000 results for Poker Book. One of the first poker rule books was published in 1872, but these days most books are far more sophisticated than a simple explanation of the rules. In this blog, we hope to sort the wheat from the chaff by hunting out the top five most meaningful, well-written best poker books and guides around. We have also categorised them to make it easier to find the right book for you.

1. Best for beginners – Poker for Dummies by Richard D. Harroch and Lou Kreiger

The famous Dummies series of books is well-known for its simple explanations and bite-sized layout and the Poker book is no disappointment. An absolutely essential read for new players that covers the different types of poker, the different platforms, strategies and even a host of trivia and facts about the game.

The Dummies series also includes a mini version of Poker for Dummies, perfect for on-the-go or for slipping into your bag for a tournament, as well as a Texas Hold ‘Em for Dummies and Internet Poker for Dummies.

2. Best for Texas Hold ’em – Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen

In this book world champion Gus Hansen reveals his actions from over 300 hands in his career as a tournament player. Part biography, part strategy and part psychology, this book gives you the chance to get in the head of one of world’s most successful ever players.

3. Best for Poker Psychology – Caro’s Book Of Tells: The Psychology and Body Language of Poker by Mike Caro

Although all the books on this list touch on psychology to some extent, this book which was first published in 2004 is one of the most exhaustive and extensive books ever written regarding the psychology and body language of Poker players. The book details of each physicality of a player as well as tips for creating a full mental picture of your opponent. Another good choice for this category is Reading Poker Tells by Zachary Elwood.

4. Best for advanced players – Super/Systems: A Course in Power Poker

If you have been playing poker for a while but feel ready to take it to the next level, perhaps by entering tournaments, then this is the book for you. Giving away some serious secrets for a variety of poker types and contributing chapters from big names, this book caused something of a stir when it was first published in 2004. And as we all know, anything that causes a stir is worth a read.

5. Best overall- The Theory of Poker by Dan Sklansky

This book was first published 20 years ago in 1998, however it remains to be the book that every poker player of every level has to read at some point. Although the world of Poker has changed in recent years, with a more aggressive play approach employed by top players and the game becoming a spectator sport.

But despite these changes, this book remains essential and that’s because the mathematical reasoning, guide to bluffing and fundamental logic of the game remain the same today. If you buy just one poker book, buy this one.

It’s worth noting that in addition to books, players can seriously up their game by listening to some of the top poker podcasts out there such as the Red Chip Poker Series and the Thinking Poker Podcast. However, a good book is an excellent place to start. Some more excellent books that deserve a mention include The Mental Game of Poker Books 1 and 2 by Jared Tendler, The Mathmaticatics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenmann as well as anything written by Dan Harrington.

Remember also, you don’t need to buy all these books at once, beginners should start with something easier such as Poker for Dummies and work their way up to the more serious strategic, mathematical and psychology focussed books.