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Favorite Poker Books - Sun Feb 13, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Just would like to know what poker books ppl read and enjoyed, or really helped improve their game.

Mines would be:

Bob Ciaffone, Middle Limit Holdem Poker, and Pot-limit and No-limit Poker

Hold 'em Poker For Advanced Players David Sklansky
When I first read this book ages ago. I didn't agree w/ him on his aggression, and thought his swings were too great. But, now, I'm finding out more and more the man was a genius.

-shark

Last edited by sharkatack89; Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 04:04 PM.. Reason: Typo, playin pso and posting bad bad bad. lol
 
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Sun Feb 13, 2011, 05:15 PM
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I enjoyed the harrington on Holdem series personally.

One that isn't often mentioned is POT-LIMIT OMAHA POKER The Big Play Strategy by Jeff Hwang. Great book that covers PLO / Limit Omaha 8 / PLO 8

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Sun Feb 13, 2011, 05:20 PM
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I'm currently working my way through Hwang's Pot-limit Omaha Poker as well... I agree with Sens that it's a great book that covers PLO, FLO8 and PLO8. I found the hand quiz style at the end of chapters a great way to better understand what made one hand better than another.

I've also got both Super Systems & Super Systems 2 in my library. I can't recall the other handful of books I've picked up over the years to read. I actually have Hwang's & SS2 on the desk near my laptop right now.
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Really, nobody else. Come on guys nobody else has read a good poker book?
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 10:17 AM
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On the suggestion of TheLangolier (PSO) I started reading 'Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time" by Rizen, Apestyles and Pearljammer. ...excellant material.

The book comes in 2 volumes, I am reading volume 1 (just bought vol.2 w/1800 fpp's from the VIP store . These books give excellant insight into the thought processes of the top players in MTT tournament play by utilizing hands played by the authors and describing their thought proceeses as the hand unfolds. Volume 1 cover situations before the bubble, I understand volume 2 covers situations after the bubble...can't wait to read it.

Harrington on Holdem offers very good strategic information...but these books enhance the lessons from Harrington by giving thorough analysis of the decision making process and planning ahead for your next move. Good stuff...
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 10:27 AM
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i didnt know volume 2 was available
that book is my bible
DO NOT TELL ANYONE ELSE
three internet poker geniuses share their thoughts
each trying to be better than the last?
that book is gold!
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 11:36 AM
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No Limit Holdem Theory and Practice by Sklansky & Miller. Book is getting a tiny bit outdated now, but still the best $25 I've ever spent.
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 01:48 PM
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Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hanson is my fav so far
 
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Mon Feb 14, 2011, 05:53 PM
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Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hanson is my fav so far
and there is why you keep losing.... Gus is the biggest donk of all
 
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Fave book - Tue Feb 15, 2011, 02:15 AM
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This book has less to do with therom and strategy ( a little is in there) but much more to do with history both of poker and American History civil war wise and has great insight into todays issues including a chapter on "potripper" UB , things like the fact Annie Duke and Howard Lederer are siblings - the fact someone bet Howard a $ 100k to eat a hamburger - hes a vegetarian. 5 chapters on the WSOP and its inception at Benny Binnion's Horseshoe Casino, its original players like Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar ( died of a coke OD in Vegas in $ 58 a night dive having blown his 25 mil winnings). It also mentions all the regulars as the Phils, Polaris - a bot that actually beat the best at limit poker, plus 2 chapters on Andy Beal who played the highest stakes limit hold em matches against the " Corp" and won and lost 40 mil.
Personally its a great easy going read with a huge amount of info - Dead mans hand - what is it and how did it come to be named that? The "sharps" that started with faro and progressed on to limit holdem ( NLH wasnt invented yet) with steel prongs welded to their rings to subtly mark decks. The women of poker etc. I could go on but your going to have to read the 600 pages yourself. Its called Cowboys Full The Story of Poker (Kings over 4's) by James MacManus - soft cover its $ 18.00 USD.
cheers The Hamster
 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 11:31 AM
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Sounds like a great read. Thanks cdn.
 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 03:54 PM
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I ordered these on the 2nd of February and got them the following week
The order was through PokerStar at a cost of 1,800 FPP's each

Winning poker tournaments one hand at a time, Volume 1
Winning poker tournaments one hand at a time, Volume 2
Professional no-limit hold'em, Volume 1

These were suggested to me by TheLangolier
Now I have plenty of reading and less time to play....lol

 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 03:59 PM
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and there is why you keep losing.... Gus is the biggest donk of all
Can't f*ck with the dude's tourney record. Also like Super System but haven't tried the sequel.
 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 06:31 PM
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I gathered all the poker books I've collected through the years so far and in addition to SuperSystem, SuperSystem 2 and Pot-Limit Omaha by Jeff Hwang that I mentioned in my early post I have the following:

The Everything Texas Hold'em Book by John "Johnny Quads" Wenzel
Killer Poker Online/2 by John Vorhaus
How to Win No-limit Hold'em Tournaments by Vines & McEvoy
No-Limit Hold'em Theory & Practice by Sklansky & Miller
Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells by Burgess & Baldassarre

Some of these were bought for me by family members that knew I enjoyed poker and couldn't come up with other gift ideas for me on birthdays and x-mas over the years.
 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 06:35 PM
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I want to read the kill phil series, I have and have read some of Sklanskys theory of poker... good read so far
oh and I have the 1800 ebook let there be range... was sent to me but seems kinda shady..
 
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thanks - Tue Feb 15, 2011, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by SitnGo56 View Post
On the suggestion of TheLangolier (PSO) I started reading 'Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time" by Rizen, Apestyles and Pearljammer. ...excellant material.

The book comes in 2 volumes, I am reading volume 1 (just bought vol.2 w/1800 fpp's from the VIP store . These books give excellant insight into the thought processes of the top players in MTT tournament play by utilizing hands played by the authors and describing their thought proceeses as the hand unfolds. Volume 1 cover situations before the bubble, I understand volume 2 covers situations after the bubble...can't wait to read it.

Harrington on Holdem offers very good strategic information...but these books enhance the lessons from Harrington by giving thorough analysis of the decision making process and planning ahead for your next move. Good stuff...
thanks for the info!! Much to my shame, even though I have over 3500 books, there is not a single poker book among them. I will be correcting this error tonight through my paperback swap club. good luck to all and have a good one!! Lasthippie
 
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Tue Feb 15, 2011, 11:07 PM
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The Poker Tournament Formula by Arnold Snyder has a somewhat different take on fast tournament strategy. It's geared towards making final tables, not min cashes, so may not be best for PSO Skill League consumption.
 
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Wed Feb 16, 2011, 02:13 PM
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Best poker reads I've had have been autobiographical, Vicky Corens "For Richer For Poorer" is an excellent book and I'm just working my way through Devilfish "The Life & Times of a Poker Legend" very funny and full of the real grit poker that existed before it became sanitised for general consumption.
 
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Thu Feb 17, 2011, 03:54 PM
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Ok shark wanted me to respond here so here goes:

Only 3 I've ever read are pretty meat and potatos---- Doyle's Super System, Harrington on Hole Em and Championship No Limit and Pot Limit Hole 'Em by McEvoy and Cloutier. And it's been awhile ago on all three.

While I've played live for going on 25 years it ws neven an expansive amount of play and really I never took the game as more than a pleasant diversion. My interest in the game has grown alot in the several months I've been playing on-line (again quite by accident as far as playing for real money goes). And to be honest I've gotten more use out of video learning tools (here and especially FT's Poker Academy videos) than I do out of reading it in a book. Just seems to translate better for me for some reason. But I imagine that I'll start looking into some reads that would suit me in my endeavor to improve so am getting some good insights in this thread.
 
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Thu Feb 17, 2011, 04:07 PM
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I agree I am more of a visual learner too Mox
 

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