by Dr. Patricia Cardner, Jonathan Little
The full title of the book is, Positive Poker: A Modern
Psychological Approach to Mastering Your Mental Game,
Poker at a high
level is mostly about the mental game but there are few books guiding the
promising player. Where as there are literally hundreds of poker primers on the
market teaching people the basic strategies and maths of the game, but when it
comes to the mental side of things your choice is extremely thin. So it is with
pleasure that here we have something genuine and useful. More so if you already
have a good grasp of the strategies of poker because its likely that it
is your mindset and the mental aspects of your game that will be costing you
Positive Poker is one-stop-shop for all of the problems that will
beset a poker player, and its the most all-encompassing mindset book
available today. I especially like the running themes of how to counter mental
problems that creep into your game the more experienced you become. Many a
player has elevated themselves up the poker skill level only to find ways of
losing that did not exist when they were novice players. So the section on
Common Motivational Problems and their solutions is especially useful to the
more experienced player, I for one have been through everything listed and have
failed to cure them all.
I strongly recommend this book if you are
serious about becomming good and if you are already good. With just a few years
of playing behind you may look at the list of problems and think, 'not going to
happen to me'. It happened to every great player in history and its going to
happen to you!
Paperback - 272 pages (Oct 2013)
£13.39 Book - £8.15
$21.43 Book - $13.33 Kindle
Education of a Modern Poker Player
by John Billingham, Thomas
Tiroch, Emanuel Cinca
book from which this derives its name, The
Education Of A Poker Player, is a classic poker playing manual and also
a marvellous autobiography. This book is in no way similar to that other than
being partly autobiographical.
Education of a Modern Poker Player
follows amateur poker player and fanatical mathematician, John Billingham, on
his journey from weak micro-stakes player to profitable low-stakes poker
player. Billingham picks up two helpers (better poker players) on the way,
Cinca and Tiroch, who act as his guides. You will need to like to see
mathematical descriptions of situations to be happy with this book but there
are not so many that you can't skip them and still profit from the dialogue
here within. And that is how the book is written, in dialogue form between the
What is refreshing from the outset is Billingham is under no
illusions as to the quality of his play, and in the book he is receptive to
accepting criticism and making improvements. This is the most useful part of
the book. The content is broken up into two main parts where we see Billingham
journey from losing at $10 No Limit tables, to competence where he becomes a
profitable low limit player, specializing in fast-fold poker games. The game
has changed and so have several key ideas. Whilst not exactly new info this is
concise and thought provoking
Paperback - 272 pages (28 Nov 2013)
£13.39 Book - £8.15
$21.43 Book - $13.34 Kindle
|Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 3 : The Complete
by Jonathan Little
His first two books, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volumes
1 and 2, outlined how the modern professional plays the game and changed the
face of the poker landscape. Now Jonathan has produced a third volume, allowing
players to test their understanding of the tricks of tournament
This volume has a question and answer format and this allows the
reader to examine each individual hand, consider the relevant factors and
formulate their thinking about the best line to take. There is then discussion
on the possible plays
This is something that will help serious
tournament players but also players fairly new to the real world tournaments
will get a fast-track into the mind of successful tournament players. Jonathan
tells you everything that went into his decisions giving you the tools to make
your own solid poker decisions in today's ever changing game. Little has an
awesome point system that can be used after every hand and chapter to track
your progress. Use it to check for understanding and to more accurately judge
what level your own poker game is at. This isn't just a strategy book; this is
a guidebook for how to think and act like a tournament professional. They are
the new poker bible for every aspiring player who wants to play at a much
The other volumes are below!
Paperback - 432
pages (27 Jun 2013)
|Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Volume 2
We know Jonathan
from volume 1 which was a great excercise in analysis and was an original
approach to understanding tournament poker. This volume 2 moves on from the
nuts and bolts of poker tournaments and teaches us why everything else
associated with each hand is important.
The first couple of chapters of
Volume 2 finishes off Little's tournament theory and then move on to what this
book is really about which is how to live as a professional and all the day to
day, even second by second, choices that you make that alter the way you
This is definitely a useful read for serious tournament players.
It focuses with skill on how your life is being lived affects your ability at
the poker table and raises solid pointers for you to concentrate on and
improve. A very few people (if any) can live the fantasy poker pro life
huge amounts of money, drink, parties, sex, drugs, travel, fame and never
having to work a real job again. A lot of those who do try to live that life
eventually self implode and a lot go broke. Long term success comes from living
right so read this!
Buy with the first book two spots below!
Paperback - 272 pages (Apr 2012)
|Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II: How to Play
No-Limit Hold 'em Cash Games: 2
by Dan Harrington
Firstly, make sure that if you buy
this book you are either really good at Cash games or you have read and own the
first book in the series, Harrington on Cash Games 1.
This book focuses
primarily on good turn and river play, as if you are playing good pre and post
flop play against what stacks you have, then most of the bets on 4th and 5th
street will be for a large proportion of your stack, so this book will help
that critical large amount of your stack stay intact!
A definate read,
with loads of hand analysis and interesting discussions on key moments of the
hand, you get a great insight into how Harrington plays the game, and you
certainly go on a journey that will definately improve your play.
with the first book!
Paperback - 374 pages (Mar 2008)
|Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Vol. 1: Fundamentals and
How to Handle Varying Stack Sizes
Jonathan Little, a highly
successful poker professional who has won over $4 million in tournament play in
just four years, explains exactly how to succeed in this highly competitive
field. Playing technically sound poker is crucial but this is far from the only
Jonothan provides a solid foundation with clearly
written and easy to follow instructions for tournament play.
materials provided are actually good and Jonathan Little is a very successfully
player and is certainly one of the best teachers. This book is a blend of
analitical and common sense. For people who want to be competitive in MTTs as
they are currently played, I think that Little's book is essential.
you are going to buy this book then you will probably also want to connect up
with one of
his videos as well.
Paperback - 266
pages (30 Apr 2011)
|Think Like a Poker Pro: How to Study, Plan and
Play Like a Professional
by Byron Jacobs
If you have ambitions to join the ranks of the
consistently winning players, this book might help you plan your
There is a great deal more to being a successful player than
simply knowing how to play a good game. Playing good poker is largely a
technical skill which can be learned. Being a consistently successful player is
much harder and necessitates acquiring expertise in many other
Byron Jacobs has been a successful online poker player for seven
years. In this book he identifies precisely how this can be achieved and shows
how much of the battle actually needs to be conducted away from the table. If
you already play a fair game of poker but want to become one of the very few
players who consistently "play well", then you need this book.
concepts discussed in this book are brought into clear focus on the
accompanying 180 minute DVD of videos where the author can be seen explaining
his decision-making process. This DVD addition makes the book great value and
this the way forward for poker books.
Paperback - 301
pages (1 Feb 2011)
|Dominate No-limit Hold'em: A Guide to the Math and
Psychology of NLHE
by Danny Ashman
No Limit Hold'em is a tough game to play well which is why it is the
game of choice for the high-stakes pros. Unless a player has the table covered
then at any moment their entire stack is vulnerable. The key to NLHE is
understanding and exploiting this fact. Dominate No-Limit Hold'em will reveal
the key plays that will enable you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Daniel Ashman is a highly successful NLHE high-stakes player. .
book is full of great reasonnings and a goldmine if you want to improve. The
right approach is to consider it as a workbook, rather than a strategy book.
That means be prepared to work, to think, to recall you own hands, etc...
rather than memorize anything.
It is not perfect but then no poker book
is. I would critisise that on occasion Ashman doesn't get descriptive enough.
For example, when explaining how to play a hand against different types of
players he labels one as, "opponent is bad". This is not enough, he could and
should explain the manner of the player's weakness.
Despite all the
things that (I think) could've been done better, this book contains great value
information, so much more than 95% of other poker books.
Paperback - 336
pages (1 Mar 2011)
|The Raiser's Edge: Tournament-Poker Strategies for
Today's Aggressive Game
by Bertrand Grospellier, Lee Nelson, Tysen
Streib, Tony Dunst
In the highly
fluid and fast-changing tournament-poker universe, the dominant trend is toward
looser and more aggressive (LAG) play, in which players move chips around at
dizzying speeds. The Raiser's Edge shows you how to adapt to the current state
of all stages of tournament play, analyzing how and why the LAG and hyper-LAG
styles work, and instructing on how to apply -- and defend against --
This book closely examines the many techniques used by the world's
most successful players, including 3- and 4-betting, floating and squeezing,
smooth-calling and min-raising, thin value betting, and the evolution of the
metagame, along with equilibrium strategies based on starting hands and
heads-up play. Even the ages and nationalities of your opponents are
This is a must have if you are a serious tournament player.
ElkY is one of the hottest pros out right now. This book Shows not only the
recent trends in poker evolution but how they will go in the future and how to
capitalize on an everchanging game. It inspires thinking.
Paperback - 440
pages (25 Jun 2011)
by Mike Matusow
Hang on tight as Mike The Mouth Matusow, poker player
extraordinaire, takes you with him on a breathtaking, true-life roller coaster
ride from his humble beginnings in a trailer park to a rock and roll lifestyle
full of hot women, sex, wild drug-filled parties and million-dollar wins and
losses. Yet behind the glamour and glory of his high-stakes poker career lurked
the flip side: a person torn between two debilitating mental
illnesses??bipolar disorder and ADHD. To dig himself out of depression
and suicidal despair, Matusow turned to dangerous street drugs to self-medicate
a problem he didnt understand, and spiraled deeper into the darker world
of addiction, police narcotic stings, and jail time.
In this revealing
and tumultuous autobiography, the combustible Matusow holds nothing back.
Youll get a mouthful of the man behind the infamous Matusow Meltdowns
seen on national TV.
This is quite simply a great book which being so,
transcends poker itself and is a most engaging psychological thriller of a man
at war with his worst enemy - his own mind and its demons - while struggling to
escape same through excelling at the game of poker. I will not say any more
except that you should have no doubt in buying this book whoever you are and
whatever little interest you may even have in one of poker's wildest and most
verbose champions: Mike "The Mouth" Matusow. A stunningly compelling
Paperback - 224 pages (1 Aug 2010)