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Poker is like any other subject. If you want to learn it you ought to be reading most of what's been written on the subject. That's just basic schoolarship. Sometimes learning requires the same point expressed three different ways by three different authors before one gets it. Other times one writer seems to resonate more clearly with you than another. While I sincerely appreciate praise for my books (Hold'em Excellence, MORE Hold'em Excellence, and Poker for Dummies) and I enjoy selling my books as much as the next guy, hearing poker theory from one source is seldom enough.

That said, since I'm always asked to recommend other books, here is my "top 10" list of poker books and software. (Of course, I suggest you get my books as well!) Wherever possible, links have been included to the publisher and to Amazon.com, where you can often purchase at a discount or search for out-of-print items.

            Keep flopping aces,

Lou Krieger


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The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky
List Price: $29.95 Amazon.com Price: $23.96 You Save: $5.99
Paperback - 276 pages 3rd edition (December 1994)
Two Plus Two Publishing LLC; ISBN: 1880685000
This classic is an absolute requirement for any player who seeks a thorough grounding in poker theory. Sklansky discusses poker theory and strategic concepts against a variety of games and situations.

Turbo Hold'em

Turbo Series of Poker Tools
Wilson Software -- Free demo programs available for download
Not only are these fun to play, but your own game should improve by leaps and bounds - especially if you begin utilizing the powerful research capabilities. Combine that with good graphics, sound and animation - all in an easy-to-use Windows environment, and you have a real winner.

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Improve Your Poker, by Bob Ciaffone
Amazon.com Price: $20.00
Paperback (October 1997) Bob Ciaffone; ISBN: 0966100700
Ciaffone, a Card Player Magazine columnist called "The Coach," presents sophisticated strategic concepts in an easily understood manner. His advice on deception and bluffing, reading opponents, and tournament play is excellent, as are the sections on Hold'em, Stud, and Omaha poker.

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Winning Low-Limit Hold 'Em by Lee Jones
List Price: $19.95 Amazon.com Price: $16.99
Paperback 1 Ed edition (November 1994)
ConJelCo; ISBN: 1886070040
Lee Jones will show you how to win in low- to mid-limit Hold'em games - the most popular games found in card rooms and casinos throughout the United States. This book contains an outstanding analysis of the game, and is a real hand-up-the-ladder to any aspiring player wanting to learn the skills required to win at Texas Hold'em.

Championship Hold'em

Championship Hold'em, by Tom McEvoy and T.J. Cloutier
List Price: $39.95
Paperback - 319 pages 1 Ed (2000)
Cardsmith Publishing; ISBN: 1884466001
This book, one in the Championship series written by former World Champion Tom McEvoy and a man generally regarded as one of the best tournament players in the world, T. J. Cloutier, is pragmatic and conversational in tone. Reading this is almost like listening to a tape recording of a conversation between two top players.

Book of Tells

The Book of Tells, by Mike Caro
Out-of-print; new version planned for 2000
For a long time this was the only book available dealing with body language at the table. Now this book has been supplemented with a two-tape video package called Caro's Pro Poker Tells. If one picture is worth a thousand words, these videos are worth millions. While the original book is out-of-print, a new edition is scheduled. More information is available from Planet Poker. Amazon.com also has an out-of-print book locator service.

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Real Poker: The Cooke Collection, by Roy Cooke
Amazon.com Price: $19.95
Paperback - 400 pages (October 1, 1999)
MGI/Mike Caro University; ISBN: 1880069504
Roy Cooke is a top notch professional poker player who can usually be found in the $30-$60 Texas Hold'em game in Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel. This book, compiled from his columns in Card Player Magazine, offers a real-world, hands-on approach to the game, and shows you the kind of analysis and thinking that takes place in the mind of a seasoned professional poker player as he's involved in a hand. The beauty of this book is that it allows the reader to see for himself if he's thinking along the same lines as Cooke. If he's not, he can determine what he must do to raise his own game to that level.

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Gambling Theory and Other Topics by Mason Malmuth
List Price: $29.95 Amazon.com Price: $23.96
Paperback - 354 pages (May 1999)
Two Plus Two Publishing LLC; ISBN: 1880685035
Mason Malmuth's analysis of "non self-weighting strategies" puts the concept of selective but aggressive poker play into a perspective that's clearly understood. He'll also show you the relationship between win rates and variance, and why understanding these concepts is fundamental to success as a poker player.

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Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky
List Price: $29.95 Our Price: $23.96
Paperback - 310 pages 2 Ed edition (May 1997)
Two Plus Two Publishing LLC; ISBN: 1880685043
While this book goes far beyond the boundaries of poker alone, Sklansky's discussion of probability theory as applied to a variety of gaming situations is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the nature of probability and how it relates to wagering.

 

Super System: A Course in Power Poker, by Doyle Brunson
This is the bible of "how-to" poker books, covering most games you'll ever want to play. It was written by two-time world champion Brunson, along with selected experts such as Mike Caro, Chip Reese, David Sklansky, and former world champion Bobby Baldwin. Although out-of-print, copies generally can be located at gambling book stores. Amazon.com also has an out-of-print book locator service.

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