Poker Books

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Poker Strategy
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Acquiring and reading poker books is a great way to learn this great game. There are many different kinds of books that you can buy, under many different types of themes. It all depends on your level of game play or your learning habits, and what kind of poker game you want to try. There are many different variations of poker that you can learn, and there are many different poker books for each. Here are a few examples of poker variations that you can read about when you want to learn poker or want to be better at it:

•Texas Hold em – This has become, by far, the most popular variant of poker, all thanks to TV documentation of tournaments by the world’s greatest poker players. For beginners, it is highly recommended that you buy poker books for this kind of poker first and foremost. Learning Texas Hold Em poker is still the best way to learn poker in general, as well as be able to play other more complicated kinds of poker. As can be expected, there are many poker books that have been written about Texas Hold Em. A great example would be Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play. Don Harrington, the author, has been playing poker professionally since the early 80s, and is now considered as one of the foremost experts when it comes to poker books. If you want to learn poker, then learning Don Harrington is one of the best things you can do.

•Omaha poker books – In the Omaha variant of poker, you are given four cards in order to make a hand. Omaha is played in two different formats: high and high/low. In the high/low format, the highest hand at the table will split the pot with the lowest hand in the table, so using one of two strategies will be beneficial to the players. The high format is when the pot all goes to the person with the highest hand at the table. Omaha may be a little bit too complicated for beginners who want to learn poker, so it is recommended that you read poker books about Omaha when you have become more familiar with the general rules of poker. A great example of a book about Omaha poker is Championship Omaha by T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy, who are two of the best Omaha players in the world. In this book, you will find amazing and winning strategies that they use, as well as everything you need to know to start out with and get better at Omaha poker.

•7-card stud – This kind of poker was a lot more popular before Texas Hold Em took the world by storm. Today, a lot of people have a hard time trying to learn this style when they try to learn poker because Hold Em is so radically different from the 7-card stud. If you want to learn this style, then buying books that are written by people who have been playing poker for a long time is the best way to go. This is because these are the people that were playing 7-card stud when it was still the most popular poker variant. A great example of this would be How to Beat Low Limit 7 Card Stud Poker by Paul Kammen. This book contains a lot of tips on how to start off when you are just learning, as well as strategy tips on how to get better as you go along. For more advanced players who are looking for poker books on this variant, you can try to read Seven Card Stud For Advanced Players by David Slanksy.

•Draw poker games – Draw poker is probably the most basic type of poker there is, and a lot of people learn this type and never really move on to the poker variants used in tournaments. If you are interested to learn poker but are not really all the interested in becoming really, really good, then you can get poker books on this kind of poker. Because it is really basic, you can opt to get some free online books on this kind of poker, and there are also a lot of forums and other websites of the like that teach people how to play this kind of poker.Other than buying poker books according to what kind of poker you want to learn, there are also a lot of books that are categorized by what level you are already in. For beginners, there are those that are more general when it comes to subject matters. A great example of this would be Doyle Brunson’s Super System: A Course in Power Poker. First published in the 70s, this book has provided the world with decades of expertise, so you can be sure that you will learn everything you need to know about poker in general with this book.

For players that are in the middle ground, reading poker books is a great way for you to be able to move onto becoming an advanced player. Fortunately, there are a lot of poker books online for people of this expertise level. Of course, there is more information in books that you can buy, but if you are looking for information that is more streamlined, such as certain strategies that you want to learn, or a certain questions that you need answered, then online poker books are the way to go for you. Not only are they easier to acquire, but a lot of them are free.

Remember, the best way to become really good at poker is to keep playing and to gather information through experience. But with that being said, everyone will certainly benefit from reading books about poker. This is because a lot of the experienced players of the field have chosen to put down their own experiences and the things that they have learned in these books. That way, not only can you learn from your experiences, you can learn from the experiences of the masters as well. Here’s to you, Texas Dolly!


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