When amateur poker player Mike Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, he changed the game forever. He changed the way the gambling public viewed poker, taking the game from the smoky back rooms of bars and small casinos to the mainstream.
Moneymakers showed recreational players that anyone could beat the big boys for big money at the poker table. He didn’t teach recreational players exactly how hard it is to do what he did. He left out the fine details, like how the game is played and the skills needed to be a top level poker player.
In the UK, millions of British players enjoy playing poker online or at local poker clubs/casinos. Some UK online casinos have a large customer base that uses the casino’s access to top poker sites like PokerStars or WSOP.
Since some of these players are quite talented and often relentless, they have a material advantage over recreational poker players who don’t really understand the intricacies of the game. Before anyone decides to get into poker seriously, he must know that it takes time to develop the right skills to be competitive in poker.
How to learn to play poker correctly? You can start by taking a seat at the tables and learning the hard way. The hardest way is to take financial blow after financial blow until you acquire the trading tricks and can protect yourself. Before jumping to your favorite non-GamStop betting site to take your pulse, you might want to read what the pros are offering.
With that in mind, here are five of the best poker books written by some of the best poker players the world has ever seen.
1. Super System (by Doyle Brunson)
There is no bigger name in the game of poker than Doyle Brunson. The man has been a major force in the poker playing community for over 50 years.
In Super System, Brunson discusses the proven poker strategies that made the poker legend a multi-millionaire. These strategies teach recreational players how to play poker in a healthy and consistent way. Although the book was written in 1978, it remains one of the most relevant reads for poker players today.
After the success of this book, Brunson accumulated more of his knowledge and eventually wrote and published “Super System 2” as an excellent follow-up tutorial.
2. Poker Theory (by David Sklansky)
When this book came out in 1978, it was clear that Sklansky was well ahead of his time as a poker player. This would explain why he became one of the hottest poker players in the world in the 1990s.
Sklansky used The Theory of Poker to show that the game is more about math and understanding odds than feelings and instincts. He covered cutting-edge concepts such as the importance of understanding game theory, the value of deception, and calculating pot odds to win the full value of a bet. For Sklansky, the game was perfectly suited for players with the ability to think quickly, an advantage that can bring in millions of dollars.
3. Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Self-Control, and Win (by Maria Konnikova)
Without an ounce of poker experience, New York Times author and psychologist Maria Konnikova acknowledged that there is a psychology that comes into play when playing poker. Following the advice of top pros like Erik Seidel, Konnikova dives deep into the mental side of poker. This includes how to read other players and stay focused during tough times.
As part of the book’s reading experience, readers are taken on the same journey that took the author from amateur poker newbie to poker champion, all in one year.
4. Harrington at Hold’em (by Dan Harrington)
For over two decades (the 1980s-2000s), author Harrington was one of the highest ranked poker players in the world. When he reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event in 2003 and 2004, he established himself as a poker legend en route to the Poker Hall of Fame.
In this book, Harrington covers poker fundamentals and the importance of understanding pot odds. It also offers information on the psychology of the game.
5. Life is a Gamble (by Mike Sexton)
Before his death in 2020, Sexton had established himself as a great poker player and one of the most beloved poker players in the history of the game.
Life’s a Gamble takes readers on the same journey that made Sexton a high-stakes, fearless and relentless gambler. The book deals with some of the most amazing poker stories ever told. It also discusses Sexton’s involvement in the creation of the PartyPoker network, which took place in 2001.
In conclusion, you don’t want to play poker with the biggest names in the game without the skills you would need to protect yourself. These books and others like them are a great place to start working on your prowess as a poker player.
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