Poker Books Published in 2005

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    Dealer’s Choice

    By: James Ernest, Mike Selinker, Phil Foglio
    Subtitle: The Complete Handbook to Saturday Night Poker

    Dealer’s Choice is the ultimate handbook for low stakes poker, where enjoyment and boasting are as important as the final score. It begins with basic principles like betting, bluffing, and hand value hierarchy, essential for beginners before they join the pros. The guide also offers tips on hosting the perfect poker night, including the pros and cons of chips versus coins and food suggestions. It features interesting sidebars like famous poker hands in movies, trivia, and unspoken game rules, along with amusing profiles of typical poker personalities. The text is brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Phil Foglio’s stunning line drawings. Dealer’s Choice allows casual players to experience the thrill of the World Series of Poker at home, minus the hefty prize money, but with the added bonus of pizza and beer.


    Amarillo Slim’s Play Poker to Win

    By: Amarillo Slim
    Subtitle: Million Dollar Strategies from the Legendary World Series of Poker Winner

    In this book the first World Series of Poker Champion shares strategies for winning big. It’s not just about the cards, but understanding the players. Learn from American gambling legend Amarillo Slim, as he reveals secrets on card counting, assessing opponents, understanding probability, betting, bluffing, and knowing when to quit.


    The Poker Aficionado

    By: Peter T. Fornatale
    Subtitle: An All-In Compendium of Lore & Legend, Wit & Wisdom, Tips & Techniques

    The Poker Aficionado is a unique and entertaining “Book of Lists” that caters to the growing passion for poker, as evidenced by the popularity of television shows like Celebrity Poker Showdown, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker, the success of online poker sites, and the doubling of Card Player magazine’s circulation to 150,000. While most poker books are dense strategy guides, this whimsically illustrated book offers a lighthearted yet insightful look at the game, featuring a diverse array of poker-related information. From the basic ranking of hands to the most bizarre collateral used during a game, The Poker Aficionado is filled with lessons and anecdotes from poker’s biggest names, including Phil Gordon’s ten commandments, Mike Caro’s common tells, and Amarillo Slim’s famous sayings. With additional content ranging from the best poker movies to recipes for home game snacks and secrets to winning online.


    World Poker Tour

    By: Erick Lindgren
    Subtitle: Making the Final Table

    This book, featuring contributions from other World Poker Tour stars, provides advanced poker strategies and insights for modern players. The World Poker Tour’s popularity has led to a surge in amateur players entering No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments, making old conservative slow play strategies ineffective. Only aggressive players like Lindgren make it to the final tables, and in this book, he reveals what it takes to be the last one standing. This book is ideal for World Poker Tour fans and those inspired by Australian poker champion Joe Hachem’s recent $10 million win. Lindgren himself has won nearly $2 million on the World Poker Tour, including two first-place finishes. The World Poker Tour television series has transformed televised poker with expert analysis, varied camera angles, and close-ups of the players’ hole cards, creating a new form of high-stakes entertainment.


    52 Tips for Texas Hold ’em Poker

    By: Barry Shulman

    Hold’em is a game of intriguing simplicity and complexity. Many players fail to explore into its complexities, relying solely on personal experience, often misinterpreting it. This presents a significant opportunity for those willing to invest time and effort into honing their skills. Despite the abundance of literature on limit hold’em, there’s a scarcity of resources tailored for novices. This book fills that gap, offering a solid basic strategy to enhance both enjoyment and profitability for newcomers. It emphasizes the importance of mastering fundamentals before advancing further.


    Beyond Tells

    By: James McKenna
    Subtitle: Power Poker Psychology

    Beyond Tells is about understanding and mastering the psychological aspects of poker. Tells are the subtle cues and behaviors that players exhibit at the table, often unconsciously, that can reveal information about their hand or their intentions. The book aims to help players improve their poker game by teaching them how to read their opponents’ tells, control their own tells, and use this information to make better decisions at the table. It covers topics such as body language, betting patterns, and emotional control, and provides practical advice and strategies for incorporating these psychological elements into one’s poker game.


    Real Poker Night

    By: Henry Stephenson, Lou Krieger
    Subtitle: Taking Your Home Game To A New Level

    This  guide covers every aspect of poker, from setting up a serious home game to running a no-limit tournament. It provides casino-grade rules for resolving any situation and offers advice on maintaining a friendly atmosphere in games. The book also explains the mathematical basis of poker strategy and how to use tactics and read tells in a home game setting. It offers introductions to popular poker variants like Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven-Card Stud, and Omaha. The book, which includes a foreword by Poker for Dummies author Lou Krieger, is the first to bring the intensity of serious poker to casual players. It’s worth noting that poker is played by 60-80 million Americans and watched by over 5 million people on shows like the World Series of Poker on ESPN, the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel, and Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo.


    Ace on the River

    By: Barry Greenstein
    Subtitle: An Advanced Poker Guide

    This is an advanced poker guide, written in a conversational style to help players improve their game. It covers a range of topics including poker psychology, money management, and personal issues. The book offers a unique perspective on high-stakes poker from Barry Greenstein, a poker player who won seven tournaments between 2003 and 2004. Known as the Robin Hood of Poker, Greenstein has donated nearly $3 million of his winnings to charity. The book also includes a unique play-by-play section for readers to test their skills.


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