The best books every poker player needs to read

The Books I Picked & Why

Essential Poker Math: Fundamental No Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need To Know

By Alton Hardin

Essential Poker Math: Fundamental No Limit Hold'em Mathematics You Need To Know

Why this book?

This book is one of the best-selling poker books of the modern era despite the author not being a household name. It is a brilliant and dense primer on poker math with the amateur in mind. Other poker math books have arguably been written with a more expert tone, but this one is ideal for a beginner.


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Reading Poker Tells

By Zachary Elwood

Reading Poker Tells

Why this book?

Amateur players think tells are the biggest part of poker when in fact they are the most exaggerated aspect of poker strategy and the least important part of the modern game. Tells are, however, still a genuine part of the game and this is a fantastic introduction to them. Amateur players would still be better off working on the fundamentals first but this is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of a more seasoned player.


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Modern Poker Theory: Building an Unbeatable Strategy Based on GTO Principles

By Michael Acevendo

Modern Poker Theory: Building an Unbeatable Strategy Based on GTO Principles

Why this book?

This is perhaps the best poker book of the last ten years and the first great book of the GTO era. If you are a player who has been intimidated by solvers this is the best primer on what they have taught us in recent years. By no means an easy book to read, but a must for any serious player's bookshelf.


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Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments; Volume II: The Endgame

By Dan Harrington, Bill Robertie

Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments; Volume II: The Endgame

Why this book?

To some, the Harrington series might be outdated but there is still a lot of gold to be gleaned from these pages. Some people think Super System is the classic book of the poker genre, but I would argue this title has influenced more modern online players than any single book available today. There are more up-to-date books to choose from today, but it is still worth a read even now.


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Poker Satellite Strategy: How to qualify for the main events of live and online high stakes poker tournaments

By Dara O’Kearney, Barry Carter

Poker Satellite Strategy: How to qualify for the main events of live and online high stakes poker tournaments

Why this book?

There are few books that can definitively say they have solved a poker format, but Poker Satellite Strategy really is the only book that ever needed to be written on satellite tournaments. If you want to qualify for a large buy-in tournament for a small amount, this is the book for you. It is also perhaps the best book to cover the tournament concept of ICM (Independent Chip Model) which every MTT grinder needs to understand.


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