Friday, November 23, 2007

Top 10 Hold 'em Books

10. No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice: I just didn't get much out of it.

9. Little Blue Book: This book isn't revolutionary, but I enjoyed reading the hand histories. I agree with most of Gordon's analysis, which is more than I can say for plenty of other hold 'em books.

8. Theory of Poker: Everyone says this book is one of the very best, but it didn't stand out to me except for the Fundamental Theorem of Poker.

7. Super/System: Gotta give it up for the classics.

6. Hold 'em Poker for Advanced Players: These fundamentals of hold 'em gave me a solid foundation to learn from.

5. Harrington on Hold 'em (Vols. 1-3): Probably the most important book since the poker boom based on M alone.

4. Professional No-Limit Hold 'em: While this book has its flaws, it breaks some new ground on no limit. Its concepts on hand planning are useful and understandable.

3. Winning in Tough Hold 'em Games: Short-Handed and High-Stakes Concepts and Theory for Limit Hold 'em: This book is the real deal. It preaches aggressive tactics for difficult games. While this is a limit book, many of its ideas are applicable to other forms of poker as well.

2. Ace on the River: If you judge books by whether they help you make money, this one gets an A in my book. It's light on strategy but puts me in a winning mindset. I've read through it twice, and I went on crazy winning streaks both times afterward.

1. Small Stakes Hold 'em: No other poker book is so complete from start to finish, with page after page of practical ideas about how to analyze and execute hands. I didn't win the most money immediately after reading "Small Stakes Hold 'em," but it paid off in the long run.


Chad C said...

Wow, I thought "Ace on the River" was maybe the worst poker book I had ever read. I guess somebody liked it at least :)

Veneno said...

I thought Theory of Poker was great when applied to HU...hehe

Veneno said...

P.S. I really appreciated the post.

Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Good post. I have to agree with Chad though, I thought "Ace on the River" was just about the most worthless book I've ever seen or read. Total and complete disappointment.

Otherwise I like all the books on your list very much. I have the Professional Holdem book on the hopper and will be read as soon as I complete The Poker Mindset.

Grinder said...

I thought "Ace on the River" was more of a coffee table book. Have not read it but that is what one review said.

kurokitty said...

I liked Kitty on the River not for what it said, but what it represents -- the mindset of a successful, winning player and the life and responsibilities that come with it.