Greatest Poker Books

This whole poker book idea got me all worked up.  I looked through my library and found a few must have poker books for the beginning.  But since I no longer consider myself the beginner, but more of an intermediate (at least !) level, I thought it would be helpful to find some books that explore other aspects of poker player’s life.  And because I still believe that a good old fashioned book, that you can hold in your hand and flip through and shit, is much better then any of those digital versions, I have put up some links.  Just click on the cover image if you want to buy one.  I will also have a running (and hopefully updated) list running on my Poker Page.  Check it out.

Greatest Poker Books

 “Super System” by Doyle Burnson – the “Bible” of all the poker books.
 “Super System 2” by Doyle Brunson – the update to the classic.
 “Caro’s Book of Poker Tells” by Mike Caro.
Essential Poker Math
 “Every Hand Revealed” by Gus Hansen
 “The Theory of Poker” by David Sklansky
 “Hold’em Poker: For Advanced Players” by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth
 “Harrington on Hold’em” by Dan Harrington (2006)
 “Harrington on Hold’em: Vol. 2” by Dan Harrington
 “Winning Poker Systems” by Norman Zadeh (1974)
 “Real Poker Psychology” by Mason Malmuth (2015)
 “Poker Essays” by Mason Malmuth
 “Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em” by Jonathan Little (2015)
 “Raiser’s Edge” by Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (2011)
 “Ace on the River” by Barry Greenstein (2005)
 “Life’s A Gamble” by Mike Sexton
 “Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No-Limit Texas Hold’em” by Phil Gordon
 “Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book: Advanced Lessons for Mastering Poker 2.0” by Phil Gordon
 “Phil Gordon’s Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in No-Limit Texas Hold’em” by Phil Gordon
 “Poker’s 1%: The One Big Secret That Keeps Elite Players on Top” by Ed Miller
 “Kill Everyone” by Lee Nelson



Must-have Poker Books

After I pulled my Super System from the shelf, and flipped through the pages, I thought that it would be of great benefit to the starting out poker player to see a list of amazing books on poker.  I have started the list under my Poker page, check it out.  Each and every one of those publications is a vast reservoir of poker knowledge.

  • “Super System” by Doyle Brunson
  • “Super System 2” by Doyle Brunson, second edition includes some revisions and a whole section on Online Poker.
  • “The Theory of Poker” by David Sklansky
  • “Caro’s Book of Poker Tells” by Mike Caro
  • “Every Hand Revealed” by Gus Hansen

Poker book review: Super System

I wanted to take some time and discuss poker’s greatest textbook, the “Bible” of poker books: Doyle Brunson’s “Super System”. This book was not the first poker publication, but it is the most influential.  Doyle Brunson collaborated with some of the best poker players in the world, and produced a seven part book covering the most popular variations of the game.  Doyle himself wrote the section on the No Limit (NL) Hold’em.   “Crazy Mike” Caro, the same guy that authored the “Caro’s Book of Poker Tells” (another must have for a serious poker player) wrote the section on Five Card Draw Poker.  Obviously, he is the best at reading people, so the game with no cards exposed makes him the expert.  The section on Limit Hold’em was written by Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin, a 1978 World Poker Champion and a 2003 inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame. David “Einstein” Sklansky, who is considered to be one of the top poker theorists, put together the section on High-Low Split and High-Low Declare. The section on Lowball was written by Joey Hawthorne.  Nicknamed “Howard Hughes”, he is well known in the top poker games both as a player and as an author and theorist.  Chip Reese, another legend of the poker world wrote the section on Seven Card Stud.   Click on the cover image to buy this great poker book on Amazon.