Books on Poker Strategy

Poker strategy books are a resource for players seeking to enhance their gameplay. They offer comprehensive coverage, spanning from basic principles to advanced tactics, catering to players at every skill level. By reading poker strategy books players can construct a solid foundation for analyzing scenarios, making strategic decisions, and adjusting to the dynamic nature of the poker table. These works equip players with the necessary tools and insights to succeed in both cash games and tournaments, regardless of format or stakes.

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    Total Poker

    By: David Spanier

    Total Poker explores the analysis, clever tactics, and inspired bluffing that are essential to the game, but ultimately, winning at poker is a “psychological decision” made by each player, as the author maintains. Luck evens out for everyone, rendering the concept of “good cards” or “bad cards” meaningless. This book, packed with stories about the application of poker to life in general, explores the game’s history, culture, techniques, strategies, rules, and probabilities.


    Poker and More

    By: David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth
    Subtitle: Unique Ideas and Concepts: Strategy. Game Theory. and Psychology from Two Renowned Gambling Experts

    Poker strategy evolves with changing trends, but fundamental principles persist. David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth have been contributing essays to Two Plus Two Online Poker Strategy Magazine since 2005, aiming to enhance players’ understanding and skills. In Poker and More, they explore topics such as bluffing, game theory, and psychology, offering insights for modern poker. From handling future bets to analyzing the psychology behind the game, their book covers essential strategies for players of all levels.

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    Winning Poker

    By: Dean Matthewson
    Subtitle: 200 Rules, Techniques, and Strategies

    Winning Poker is a beautifully crafted guide that covers all the essential poker games, including the popular Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Stud, and Five-Card Draw, as well as more unique variations like Baseball (and Night Baseball), High-Low, Roll Your Own, Guts, and High/Low Chicago. The book is packed with insider tips to help players elevate their game, such as reading opponents’ bluffs, identifying bluffers, analyzing the game, and deciphering poker slang, making it an indispensable resource for both novice and experienced players looking to dominate their Monday night poker games.


    Quantum Poker

    By: Derric Haynie

    Quantum Poker is the premier poker strategy guide that accurately defines optimal in-game decisions using innovative methods. This book integrates basic and advanced concepts into The Unified Theory of Poker replacing the standard poker term Expected Value, with a more precise term,  Average Enumerated Value. Although most examples are in NLHE, Quantum Poker is uniquely crafted to enhance your overall game. It covers everything from hand range and combinatorial analysis to equity distribution by street, equipping you with the essential tools to maximize your poker potential.

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    A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales

    By: Tommy Angelo

    A Rubber Band Story and Other Poker Tales collects the best poker articles from Tommy Angelo’s first 12 years of writing, showcasing them with eighteen new commentaries by Angelo about the works. This anthology offers war stories, poker fiction, ruminations on poker rules, meditation, and more, including a strong selection of articles on tilt, the author’s signature topic. The new additions take you behind the curtain on Angelo’s history and writing process. New readers will appreciate the humor and fresh perspective on poker, while existing fans will enjoy this convenient collection of Angelo’s most popular material.


    Aces and Kings

    By: Michael Kaplan
    Subtitle: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker's Greatest Players

    Aces and Kings is the perfect book for the ever-growing group of poker players, whether beginners or aficionados. Through fascinating, intimate profiles of the game’s greatest players, including World Series of Poker winners Doyle Brunson, ‘Amarillo Slim’ Preston, Chris Moneymaker, Howard ‘the Professor’ Lederer, and Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, it tells readers everything they need to know about the game. The authors have received unprecedented access to poker’s top practitioners, providing thrilling moments, valuable insights, and how-to advice taken from real-life experiences at the highest-stakes tables.

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    Bluffs

    By: Jonathan Little, Albert Hart
    Subtitle: How to Intelligently Apply Aggression to Increase Your Profits from Poker

    Have you ever wondered how the best poker players in the world successfully bluff on a regular basis? Many amateurs make the mistake of mindlessly attempting sporadic bluffs because they do not fully understand when and why to bluff. In this book, world-class poker professional Jonathan Little (with over $6,300,000 in live tournament cashes) will explain when and why to bluff in order to maximize your chances of success. “Bluffs” demonstrates how to widen your ranges and force your opponents to make costly errors. In small and middle stakes cash games and tournaments, you will often find yourself playing against conservative opponents who play in a straightforward manner. They see flops with their good hands and fold to bets when they do not connect with the board. Against these players, you can play a wide range with the intention of playing aggressively post-flop. Numerous examples, featuring the play of an amateur player who got out of his comfort zone to put these tactics to the test, make it clear when you should play aggressively and the thoughts you should consider as you do so. Each situation is explained with attention to your hole cards, stack size, position, and your perception of your opponent. You will learn how to apply the concepts discussed in “Bluffs” in the real world, allowing you to win more money from poker.


    The Intelligent Guide to Texas Hold’em Poker

    By: Sam Braids

    This book provides a solid foundation in Texas Hold’em rules, strategy and important concepts for both beginning and intermediate players looking to improve their game. The mathematical and psychological discussions provide valuable perspective.

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    Poker Essays, Volume III

    By: Mason Malmuth

    Poker is a game that many people play, but few excel in, as success requires a great deal of work, study, and a deep understanding of the concepts that govern winning play. While it is fairly easy to win at poker by playing tight and sticking to easy games, usually those prevalent at low limits, this strategy won’t allow you to do much better than minimum wage. However, a small number of players, the experts, have mastered the proper skills and have done their share of thinking, enabling them to achieve much greater success. This text contains essays written by the author from 1996 through early 2001, covering topics such as General Concepts, Technical Ideas, Strategic Ideas, In the Cardrooms, Hands to Talk About, The Ciaffone Quiz, and Two More Quizzes. Additionally, it offers advice on which game to play, controlling steaming, marginal hands, selecting the best game, bluffing, unusual strategies, raising with suited connectors, keeping poker honest, reading hands, checking aces, and much more. As with the first two books in this series, Poker Essays, Volume III is designed to make the reader do a great deal of thinking. While very few readers will agree with everything this text offers, the information provided should help most people become better poker players.


    Exploitive No Limit Holdem

    By: Paul Ratchford
    Subtitle: An Expert's Insight on How to Become a Winning Poker Player

    Unlock the secrets behind Paul Ratchford’s incredible winrate as he shares his unique ideology and, more importantly, demonstrates how to apply these strategies to enhance your own performance. This book is packed with real-world examples and practical applications, but its primary goal is to deepen your understanding of No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE). By the end, you’ll be equipped to continue growing and adapting as a player long after you’ve turned the final page.

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    The Poker Blueprint

    By: Tri Nguyen
    Subtitle: Advanced Strategies for Crushing Micro & Small Stakes NL

    – Mastering the art of winning pots without strong hands
    – A simple yet effective tactic to overpower your opponents found
    – A minor tweak to boost your win-rate, detailed
    – Instantly become the top player at your table
    – Strategies for successful bluffing and earning big rewards
    – Managing downswings calmly, explained
    – Quick odds calculation methods
    – Tri’s journey to becoming a poker millionaire

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    Poker Wizards

    By: Warwick Dunnett
    Subtitle: Strategy From The World's Great Hold'em Poker Players

    The ultimate guide for mastering no-limit hold’em tournaments, crafted by a prestigious lineup of champions and superstars. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Super System, this exclusive collection unveils the strategies, insights, and tactics employed by the best in the game. With invaluable advice from players who have individually amassed millions in tournament earnings and collectively secured over 20 WSOP bracelets, two main event championships, 100 major titles, and $50 million in winnings, this book is a treasure trove for serious players. Featuring renowned names like Daniel Negreanu, Dan Harrington, Marcel Luske, Kathy Liebert, Mike Sexton, Mel Judah, Marc Salem, T.J. Cloutier, and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, it’s an essential read for aspiring pros and future WSOP champions alike.


    Poker Simple and Effective Strategies to Execute in the Game of Poker

    By: Kevin Bailey

    If you want to stop simply playing poker and start winning at it, then this is the book you have been waiting for. Inside, you will find a wide variety of basic strategies that can be put into play with only a minimum amount of practice required. You will learn numerous different betting strategies that can be put into action in various scenarios, including the cbet, the 3bet, and the over-bet. Additionally, you will discover how to play from specific positions in the turn order to maximize your win rates as much as possible. The sheer number of poker games being played around the world at any given moment means that there is always someone on the verge of a serious payday. With the strategies found in these pages, there is no reason it can’t be you. Inside, you will find everything you need to know about pot odds to ensure you never make the wrong decision in the moment again. You will also learn:

    – The differences between ratios and percentages for poker hands and why it really matters.
    – All the details for maximizing the least considered of all the Texas Hold’em betting rounds.
    – A detailed breakdown of the four major types of poker players and how to triumph against each of them.
    – The best times to use the double barrel strategy for maximum results.

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    Winning Strategies for No-Limit Hold’em

    By: Nick Christenson

    This book enhances the reader’s understanding of no-limit hold’em by focusing on a few key themes, rather than providing a simplistic and familiar approach to the basics. It covers the importance of planning ahead in no-limit hold’em, when and why to switch between an optimal and exploitive strategy, understanding the differences between deep-stacked and short-stacked play, and offers the most comprehensive examination of no-limit bet sizing to ever appear in print.

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    Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’em, Volume 2

    By: Will Tipton
    Subtitle: Strategies for Multiple Streets

    In the highly anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’Em, Volume 1, Will Tipton takes readers on a captivating journey through the intricate world of early street play. Building upon the foundational concepts of equilibrium and balanced play introduced in Volume 1, this book equips players with the tools necessary to navigate the complex strategic landscape of multi-street situations. Through meticulous analysis and clear explanations, Tipton illuminates the interplay between savvy opponents’ strategies, enabling readers to develop and execute pseudo-optimal and exploitative approaches across the flop, turn, and pre-flop streets. Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’Em, Volume 2 is a must-read for serious players seeking to elevate their game and dominate the competition.

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    Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’em, Volume 1

    By: Will Tipton
    Subtitle: Optimal and Exploitative Strategies

    Many poker books claim to offer quick paths to success, with titles like “Crush the online games” or boasting about earning millions through poker, suggesting that mastering the game is a breeze. However, these assertions are far from the truth. Mastering poker demands significant intellectual effort and is anything but simple. Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold ’em stands out by offering a structured approach to understanding the game, thanks to Will Tipton, a PhD candidate at Cornell University. Tipton introduces the use of decision trees for navigating complex poker scenarios, starting from basic pre-flop situations to more advanced topics like balance and optimal bet sizing. This book is essential for anyone looking to excel in modern poker, especially in the critical heads-up phase of tournaments or sit’n’gos. It aims to sharpen your skills by teaching you to exploit opponents’ weaknesses, apply theoretical concepts practically, and enhance your game theory intuition for direct application at the poker table.

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    Superstar Poker Strategy

    By: Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan
    Subtitle: The World's Greatest Players Reveal Their Winning Secrets

    The world’s top poker players share their expert advice on mastering various poker styles such as tournaments, cash games, no-limit, limit and pot-limit hold’em, Omaha (high-low and PLO), 7-card stud (razz, high-low), and triple draw in the book Superstars of Poker. The book features strategies and secrets from poker legends like Doyle Brunson, known as the greatest poker player and the Godfather of Poker, and Phil Helmuth, who holds the record for the most WSOP championships. Other contributors include Daniel Negreanu, a 6-time bracelet winner and author, Lyle Berman, founder of the World Poker Tour, Bobby Baldwin, Johnny Chan, Mike Caro, Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, and Crandell Addington.


    Phil Gordon’s Little Black Book

    By: Phil Gordon, Jonathon Grotenstein
    Subtitle: Beginning Poker Lessons and the No Limit Lifestyle

    The book not only cover the essentials of the game but also share insider tips on everything a player needs to know. They discuss the necessary tools that every great player utilizes, offer instructional insights, and share illustrative anecdotes. Each chapter concludes with a “defining moment” that challenges readers to test their newly acquired skills. With the right mix of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and most importantly, a commitment to improvement, anyone can become a winning player.


    Play Poker, Quit Work And Sleep Till Noon

    By: John Fox

    This classic book by Fox during the peak of draw poker’s popularity in California’s cardrooms. It is considered one of the finest books on draw, focusing on key topics for professional players. These include position, frequency, distribution of playable hands, bluffing frequencies, eliciting calls, and behavioral deductions, as well as when to call. The book is enriched with numerous mathematical tables and psychological strategies.


    Inside the Poker Mind

    By: John Feeney, David Sklansky
    Subtitle: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts

    Mastering all the skills of poker, such as hand selection, playing position, image projection, and hand reading, is essential to becoming a proficient player. However, even those who have honed these skills often struggle, barely winning at lower limits. Their performance typically worsens when they compete against superior players at higher limits. The key is not just acquiring these skills, but effectively integrating them. This book aims to demonstrate that success in poker requires strategic thinking and a systematic approach to the game.


    Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book

    By: Phil Gordon
    Subtitle: Advanced Lessons for Mastering Poker 2.0

    The book is a follow-up to his previous works, the Little Green Book and Little Blue Book, and focuses on providing advanced strategies and lessons for mastering the game of poker. It covers various aspects of the game, including hand analysis, betting strategies, bluffing, and reading opponents. The book is designed for experienced poker players who want to take their game to the next level and gain an edge over their competition. It incorporates modern poker concepts and strategies, reflecting the evolution of the game in the era of online poker and televised tournaments.


    Dynamic Full Ring Poker

    By: James Sweeney
    Subtitle: Beyond The Basics

    Dynamic Full Ring Poker is widely praised  as the ultimate poker strategy book. It teaches you: how to execute monster bluffs, improve hand reading with Sweeney’s tactics, estimate opponents’ hand ranges quickly, exploit opponents and their likely holdings, profitably c-bet, lead, raise, float, double-barrel, check-raise , profile your opponent swiftly , 3-bet and 4-bet like a champion , interpret board textures, and use pot geometry and stack-to-pot ratios (SPR) to dominate your opponents’ strategies and bankrolls . These are just a few of the over 100 advanced tactics covered, all tested and proven in various settings. Dynamic Full Ring Poker provides the right strategies to excel at poker, no advanced math or high IQ required.


    Advanced Concepts in No-Limit Hold’em

    By: Hunter Cichy
    Subtitle: A modern approach to poker analysis

    This book on No-Limit Hold’em, a notoriously intricate game, offers a straightforward, practical approach to poker analysis. The strategy is based on five key poker theory elements: pot odds, implied odds, pot equity, fold equity, and minimum defense frequency. He thoroughly explores each topic and their interplay. By merging optimal opening ranges with clear math and game theory explanations, Cichy provides a potent strategy that’s simple to apply and hard to counter.

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    Machiavellian Poker Strategy

    By: David Apostolico
    Subtitle: How to Play Like a Prince and Rule the Poker Table

    In Tournament Poker And The Art Of War, David Apostolico effectively applied traditional strategic principles to enhance his readers’ poker abilities. He now presents a poker guide inspired by the teachings of Niccolo Machiavelli, whose enduring tactical masterpiece, The Prince, serves as the catalyst for Apostolico’s assured instruction. Readers are taught to embrace the mentality of a strong leader, playing with discipline and foresight to take advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses and capitalize on their errors.

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    Poker as Life

    By: Lee Robert Schreiber
    Subtitle: 101 Lessons from the World's Greatest Game

    Poker as Life serves as a primer for success, revealing how the poker table uniquely combines the principles of finance, mathematics, sociology, literature, and psychology all in one place. It teaches that success comes from playing the hand you’re dealt, making your own luck, and lying without cheating, ensuring you’ll never go bust.

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    How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker

    By: Doyle Brunson

    This book offers insights, into the world of professional poker. Brunson shares his experiences, approaches and invaluable tips that contributed to his remarkable success in the game. From selecting the games to managing bankrolls and analyzing opponents behavior the author covers a wide range of poker related topics. Moreover readers will find captivating anecdotes and real life stories from Brunsons journey that shed light on both the triumphs and challenges he faced along the way. This book serves as a source of inspiration and knowledge for aspiring poker players who are looking to enhance their skills and attain their victories, in this exhilarating game.

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    Getting Started in Hold ’em

    By: Ed Miller

    While many books essentially advise choosing strong hands and playing them assertively, this book goes a step further. It provides a deeper understanding of what it truly means to play ‘aggressively’. It also comprehensively and lucidly elucidates various concepts crucial for consistent winning.

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    Inside the Poker Mind

    By: David Sklansky, John Feeney
    Subtitle: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts

    Mastering all the skills of poker, including hand selection, playing position, image projection, and hand reading, is essential to becoming an expert. However, many players who have these skills still struggle, especially when playing against superior opponents. The key is not just having the skills, but effectively integrating them. This book will demonstrate that winning at poker requires strategic thinking and a systematic approach to the game.

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    The Theory of Poker

    By: David Sklansky

    This book explores theories and concepts relevant to almost every version of poker, including five-card draw (high), seven-card stud, hold ’em, lowball draw, and razz (seven-card lowball stud). It presents the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, its implications, and its impact on your gameplay. Additional chapters cover the importance of deception, bluffing, raising, slow-play, position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semibluffing. Many leading poker players credit this book for significantly improving their game. Essentially, it distinguishes expert players from average ones. Those who read and study this book will outpace those who don’t, with most serious players frequently referencing their well-worn copies. It’s hailed as the finest book on poker ever written.


    Girls’ Guide to Poker

    By: Eliza Burnett

    Ladies, poker is the latest trend! It’s not just a man’s game anymore, but an exciting activity for everyone. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, don’t worry. This straightforward guide will have you mastering the game in no time. It offers clear, expert advice on all the rules, strategies, and best moves, complete with illustrated, step-by-step examples. Discover how and when to bluff, check, raise, and manipulate to increase your odds of winning. Familiarize yourself with the tactics and terms so you can confidently call, check, raise, and fold.


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