Must Read Books To Learn Poker For Beginners

Must Read Books To Learn Poker For Beginners

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Poker is a game that demands constant building of strategies, adapting to the different situations and updating one’s gameplan. Reading books written by poker professionals is one of the best ways to start your journey towards mastering this game. Here are some of the best poker books for beginners that offer excellent insights into the game of poker -

1. Theory of Poker by David Sklansky

A must read for any novice to intermediate player, this Two Plus Two Publishing book showcases many strategies and theories that have not been put on paper before. Do not be misled by the name of the book, these strategies are not mere theories but are well-tested spatially and temporally in the practical world, which is exactly why it is considered to be one of the best poker books for beginners.

2. Getting Started in Hold'em by Edward Miller

This beginner book will teach you the fundamental building blocks that a solid game of poker is built on. It is not that advanced but should be the starting point for any new player wanting to learn Texas Hold'em.

3. Small Stakes Hold'em by Edward Miller, Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky

This book proceeds with just one purpose in mind – one acquaints the reader with the fundamentals of the game and equips them with all the necessary tools to win a poker play. Though this book focuses on a Limit Hold'em game, a No-Limit player can also benefit from the book. One of the most complete texts ever written for crushing low-stakes Hold'em, this is one of the best poker books for beginners who are curious to know more about this version of the game.

4. Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em by Ed Miller

One of the best poker books for beginners, Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em, this book provides a detailed explanation about all that one needs to know to be an expert on the table - preflop hand ranking guides, adjusting for tight and loose games, odds, implied odds, etc. – well packaged into one comprehensive strategy book. It strengthens the player’s foundation and offers some excellent tips that can come handy in the most stressful of games.

5. Harrington on Hold'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments volumes I-II by Dan Harrington

A formidable player in poker tournaments, "Action Dan" has written a detailed two volume saga on the different stages of a poker tournament and the manner in which one must adjust his or her play for each blind level. It provides an in-depth insight into how Dan Harrington managed to secure his success in tournament after tournament.

6. Sit-and-Go Strategy: Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments by Collin Moshman

The best book hands down on sit-and-go play, this book is an excellent guide to play single table tournaments. The strategies employed in these sit-and-go tables can be used in multi-table tournaments as well. Absorbing the contents of this book will definitely help you increase your return on investment greatly. This is exactly why it is considered to be one of the best poker books for beginners.

7. Check-Raising the Devil by Mike Matusow

A reflection of the life of the author himself, this book lays out the difficult road that Mike Matusow had to tread on to reach to the top of the poker world. From his humble beginnings as a video poker degenerate to low limit poker player/ dealer to the Main Event final table to jail and back again – this book bares it all, immersing the reader in the depths of the story. This is one of those books that will give you an insight of a real-life poker player.

8. Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen

The book, Every Hand Revealed, details over 300 hands that Gus has played enroute to victory in various tournaments. Meticulously recorded, the wisdom revealed in the book displays every emotion that Gus has faced and every strategy that he has employed to get out of sticky situations. This deeply revealing book is a product of years of work and definitely worth a read, making it one of the all-time best poker books for beginners.

9. The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King by Michael Craig

One of the most inspiring stories in the poker world, this book traces the life of an amateur who takes on the best in the world for one of the most astoundingly high-stake games. Set in the Bellagio Poker Room and outlining the story of a billionaire banker, this is definitely a must read for all those who are passionate about the poker world.

10. One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stu Ungar by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson

Stu Ungar, the Jim Morrison of the casino is the protagonist of this gripping, heart wrenching tale. The book revolves around the story of the son of a Jewish bookie on Manhattan's Lower East Side, who dropped out of high school to become an underground card-table sensation, eventually taking out every top gin rummy player on the East Coast. The story in short is that of a father, a drug addict, a poker player, the best gin rummy player to have ever lived, but a degenerate who lost complete control of his life. An intimate, authorized biography, One of a Kind illuminates the dark genius of one of poker's most memorable figures who mysteriously passed away in the ruckus of a dingy motel in Vegas.

11. Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People by Amarillo Slim

An interesting read, Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, provides the readers an endless list of stories that every poker player can connect to. It narrates the tales of one of the greatest gamblers of all times – anecdotes of how he beats Minnesota fats at pool with a broomstick, on how he beats a Chinese Ping Pong champion using Coke bottles for paddles, how he gets robbed countless times and most importantly, how he manages a high-stake win at the WSOP Main Event. It is totally worth a read – for beginners and the experienced alike.

12. Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo

A refreshing book that is premised on the philosophy “you know best”, Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo is a must-read book for every poker player there is. It offers no strategy and it definitely does not outline the rules of the game. The book is a humble effort at bringing the best out of you and your style. If it is said to teach anything it is the “science behind playing your game at your best all the time”. This approach is what makes this such an interesting read and hence one of the best poker books for beginners.

To master the game of poker, one needs to simultaneously harness knowledge and put it into practice. Now that you have gained a substantial amount of information from these books, go ahead and put it into practice! Download the GetMega app now and register yourself in one of the contests to play and win big money.

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Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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