Top 10 best-selling books about poker
Read'em and Reap (Joe Navarro, 2006)It may be last on this list, but we're still talking about a book that still makes a big impression. In reading 'em and Reap, ex-FBI interrogator Joe Navarro is hired by poker player Phil Hellmuth. And the combination of a professional poker player and an ex-cop known as the 'human lie detector' makes for a spectacular book that revolves around how to read the fellow player.
Zen and the Art of Poker (Larry W. Phillips, 1999)In 1999, Larry W. Phillips came out with a book that was all about the emotions at the gaming table. So nothing, no strategic tips, it was purely about how to deal with the emotions. Because keeping the emotions in check can ultimately yield considerable financial benefits, especially at the poker table.
The Poker Mindset (Matthew Hilger, 2007)In 2007 Matthew Hilger came up with a spin-off of sorts on Larry W. Phillip's Zen and the Art of Poker. Actually, the world was not ready for all the theories that were put on paper in 1999, but in 2007 the poker world was already a lot further. Because more and more people realized that emotions can indeed play a major role at the gaming table.
Harrington on Hold'em (Dan Harrington, 2004)Handy poker player Dan Harrington has won several prestigious poker tournaments and people wanted to know how he pulled it off every time. The answer came in the form of his book on Hold'em. By the way, he did that in three parts and each of these books caused quite a stir among the No-Limit enthusiasts.
Super System 2 (Doyle Brunson, 2004)Many poker players will be familiar with Doyle Brunson's Super System. That book also appears later on the list. The second part of Super System is based on the same concept as the original book, meaning that the best poker players in the world wrote a chapter in it. Contributors included Jennifer Harman (Limit Hold'em), Lyle Berman (Pot Limit Omaha), and Bobby Baldwin (Omaha Hi/Lo) in the 2004 part.
No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournaments (Issa Jouaneh, 2005)Admittedly, this book by Issa Jouaneh is aimed at the beginning of poker players. So if you're already a seasoned poker pro, this book probably isn't for you. However, it is possible that especially as a beginner this book offers you valuable information. Indeed, No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournaments focus on the variant of the same name.
Caro's Book of Poker Tells (Mike Caro, 2003)If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of poker tells and playing live poker at least once in a while, we highly recommend this book. If you've searched online for good poker books, chances are you've seen Caro's Book of Poker Tells, as this is one of the most widely-read poker books of all time.
Excelling at No-Limit Hold'Em (Jonathan Little, 2015)We already mentioned his YouTube channel, but Jonathan Little also has a book to his name. It has become one of about 500 pages, in which 17 poker experts have been collaborating. Of course, the game focuses on No-Limit Hold'Em, but there is also a lot of attention for the mental part. For example, the psychological background plays a major role. This is a must-read, especially for many novice players.
Super System 1 (Doyle Brunson, 1978)We already talked about part II above, but Super System 1 is really known as the poker bible. The book was published as early as 1978, making it the first poker strategy book. Many amateur players made enormous progress in their game thanks to the insights from this book. In the book, the best players in the world come up with a chapter about a poker variant. When you read the book, you will understand why it got its nickname.
The Theory of Poker (David Sklansky, 1987)Although it is never easy to come up with a number one, luckily for our top 10 poker books it was not that difficult. Because David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker is a classic among the classics. The 1987 work mentions truly groundbreaking concepts. Many of the concepts were unheard of, but thanks to all the logical underpinnings they immediately reached the general public. And the great thing is that Sklansky mainly focuses on players who want to continue to achieve success in the long term.
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