Read Your Way to Poker Success
If you are either a seasoned veteran of poker or a newbie at the table, chances are you are on the lookout for new ways to fine-tune your skills and to better understand new strategies. A great way to do this is to have a look at good strategy books that will teach you how to approach the game from a new angle.
When choosing a book, keep in mind that there are several variants to poker. Depending on which is your preferred game, pick a book which focuses on the one you want to improve in. Some books will cover multiple variants, and some will concentrate primarily on the most popular types.
One of the most highly-recommended books is “The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide” by Michael Craig. This ambitious book is from one of the best writers about the game and sees contributions from top players throughout. Most of the advice provided is solid, even though the author’s name may not be popular with some players.
Another solid favourite amongst players is “The Theory of Poker”, written in 1994 by David Sklansky. It is regarded as the game’s dictionary of strategies as it covers practically all the fundamentals. It is not a particularly entertaining read, but it contains useful advice gathered from a lifetime of well-researched and debated concepts of the game. It seeks to enter the psyche of the player, engaging them to think smarter.
“Super/System: A Course in Power Poker”, written in 1978 by Doyle Brunson, is another good title. In this cleverly crafted book, with a thick black cover to put the reader in mind of the Holy Bible, Brunson includes contributions from the likes of David Reese, David Sklansky himself, Bobby Baldwin and others. This book was years ahead of its time and is still by far one of the best, high-quality strategy guides available.