Hold'em Poker is highly predisposed to probability-based decisions. The book presents the mathematics involved in card distributions in hold'em and provides a precise account of the odds associated with all gaming events. The author is a recognized authority on casino mathematics. No formal background in mathematics is necessary for reading this book, although comfort with some probability and set theory notions is helpful. In most cases, you'll need some college math to follow the formulas but this is not a requirement, because the numerical results are collected in tables at the end of each section. The work is packed with formulas, algorithms and tables. Its primary goal is to allow the reader to quickly find the odds for own hand and for opponent's hand, in order to improve his/her betting decisions.Read Full Review of 'Texas Hold'em Odds'
Even though the math behind the game of poker is fairly simple, some people still don't understand how to derive numbers and/or how to use them in action. Matthew Hilger, author of a best-selling book on playing poker on the Internet, takes the seemingly complex subject and breaks it down into usable information. He covers limit and no limit as well as tournament situations and focuses not just on how to calculate odds but also how to apply them to make better decisions. Because he uses everyday language and very few formula, his simple concepts and strategies mean you don't have to be a wiz in math. Illustrated with charts and diagrams, the book spans the math gap to cover the needs of the beginning, intermediate and the experienced player.Read Full Review of 'Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities'
An enjoyable-to-read collection of 52 interviews with the best professional poker players in the world (including Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Phil Gordon, Howard Lederer, Scott Fischman, Chris Moneymaker and Annie Duke) in which they recount the greatest hands of their storied careers. Combining heart-stopping action, dramatic storytelling, larger-than-life characters, and expert instruction, Rosenbloom, the syndicated poker columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the ESPN Poker Club, provides colorful, money-making wisdom from the sharpest minds in the game. Whether you're a newcomer in a friendly weekly game, an on-line shark, or a veteran of Vegas tournaments, this book will teach you to talk, think, and play like a pro.Read Full Review of 'The Best Hand I Ever Played'
Here's the classic that's now back in print. Both an acclaimed author and poker player, A. Alvarez combined his two talents to pen this work which gives a compelling inside look at the world of Las Vegas, of professional poker, and the extremes that go along with each. With the skill of observation and the talent for writing down what he sees, Alvarez captured the psyches of the people who challenge each other in the world's biggest poker tournament, the annual World Series of Poker. For those who have never witnessed this tournament, this book will put you right in the thick of it and you'll think you're actually rubbing elbows with some of the legends of poker.Read Full Review of 'The Biggest Game in Town'
The Complete Book of Hold'em Poker
by Gary Carson
Hold'em poker has become more strategically complex. This book teaches strategies in Hold'em that vary with the style of the game. For instance the tactics used in the tight Las Vegas games are not the same as those used in the very loose and aggressive games of southwest Louisiana.
The Hand I Played: A Poker Memoir
by David Spanier
This is a gem of a memoir on poker. Spanier describes his initiation into gambling and then turns to describing the game he loves best...poker. Full of frank and amusing personal anecdotes and observations about poker this book is an absolute pleasure to read.
The Official Dictionary of Poker
by Michael Wiesenberg
Completely updated and revised, this edition contains the entire spectrum of poker terminology, from the common ('Texas hold 'em') to the obscure ('Dewey Duck'), illustrated by thousands of colorful examples actually heard in cardrooms. If you've ever wondered about the correct way to use a poker term or were bewildered by what your poker-playing cohorts were saying, here's the one book that explains it all. You will find The Official Dictionary of Poker valuable as a reference; you will return to it frequently as a fun read.
The Poker Aficionado
by Peter Thomas Fornatale
A book of lists for poker enthusiasts, this work includes information as basic as a list of the rank of hands, and as amusing as the most bizarre things used as collateral during a game. Filled with lessons learned from some of poker’s biggest names, it features: Phil Gordon's ten poker commandments, Five ways to cheat—and to spot a cheater, The eight best poker movies, Mike Caro’s nine most common tells, Amarillo Slim's most famous sayings,The best snacks to have at a home game, including recipes, Clonie Gowen on the advantages of being the only woman at the table, Twelve famous players' good luck charms, and Six secrets to winning at online poker.
The Poker Face of Wall Street
by Aaron Brown
The author, an executive with Morgan Stanley, holds a degree in applied mathematics (Harvard) and in finance (University of Chicago). In both institutions, he played poker with the rich and future famous. In this work he focuses on the odds and skills underlying the mercurial crafts of risk taking and shows how poker and Wall Street are easily intertwined. He reveals why the modern game of poker and modern finance have more simlarities than differences and what they mean for players at each kind of table.
The authors answer the question of what 'secret' separates top poker players from poker wannabes. They explain that pros use a series of established approaches and behaviors that enable them to bring their best game to the table session after session, regardless of short-term results. Taylor and Hilger lay bare, the seven core attitudes and concepts that ensure you have the optimal emotional, psychological, and behavioral framework for playing superior poker.Read Full Review of 'The Poker Mindset (Essential Attitudes for Poker Success)'
An unusual title to be sure so an explanation is in order. The Professor is Howard Lederer; the Banker is Texan Andy Beal and the Suicide King is the King of Hearts (for if you look at this card, he appears to be holding a broad sword behind his head -- or at it). This is a book about poker and people, what makes the players tick, what draws them to the cutting edge of the game, who the best are, how and why they play and why they chose the life they live. It is packed with history, biographical and background material on some of the biggest names ever to play the game, taking you from poker's early days in Las Vegas to modern times and the red-hot action nationally, internationally.Read Full Review of 'The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King'
This book provides comprehensive rules for all the major poker games, making it an ultimate poker argument settler. Many rules are annotated with examples and interpretation notes so that nothing is lost in translation. The book is fully indexed so it is any easy reference is the casino, or where ever you may be playing.Read Full Review of 'The Rules of Poker: Essentials for Every Game'
Twenty chapters cover some of the most vital areas players have been asking for years. Here are some chapter headings: Limit Hold'em; Texas Hold'em No Limit; Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em; Aces-5 Lowball (With Joker); Deuce to Seven Draw (No Limit); Limit Omaha; Pot Limit Omaha; Omaha Hi -Low (8 or Better); Seven Card Stud; Seven Card Stud (Hi-Lo Split); Seven Card Razz; Strategies for Low Stakes Rebuy Tournaments; Satellite Strategy.There are discussions of how to maintain emotional stability; going into partnerships to finance your way into a tourney; keeping records; toking; and working a deal at the final table.Read Full Review of 'Tournament Poker'
This is a book about understanding yourself as a player while understanding who you have to face in battle and learning to survive--a key element in no-limit poker tournament play. Risk, deception, exploiting a situation to your own benefit, waiting for the right time to eliminate an opponent, and adjusting your play accordingly are all factors to understand and master.
Testing you opponents, the power of keen observation, project a strong table image--these areas have been discussed in other books, but rarely with such keen examples, in short powerful bursts of advice.Read Full Review of 'Tournament Poker and The Art of War'