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Peak Poker PerformancePeak Poker Performance
by Patricia Cardner, Jonathan Little


Mike Sexton once asked Chip Reese, "The guys you play against are tough. What separates you from them?" Chip replied, "You're right Mike. They are tough. In fact, when they play their 'A' game, I'm really no better than they are. The difference is that they also have a 'C' and 'D' game, whereas I don't. They become weak players when they steam and just about all of them do. My edge is that I don't steam." (Life's a Gamble, D&B 2016). If you've ever wondered if the psychological aspect of poker is important, that should provide the answer. One of the greatest players of all times is attributing his success to the fact that he has better psychological control over his play than his opponents.

You won't find any advice about how to play AK under the gun, or what the proper bet sizing is when you have 15 big bets left at the final table of a MTT. But you will find dozens of clearly written, expertly researched, and well organized ideas for how to have a stronger mental game at and away from the poker table.

There is wonderfully little psychobabble or jargon thrown about. This is just direct, clear, instruction about how to become a better player by thinking and working better toward that goal. There are also extensive bibliographies after each of the ten chapter showing you where you can go to learn more.


Paperback - 272 pages (7 Aug 2016)   £19.99    $29.15 

Lifes A GambleLife's a Gamble
by Mike Sexton


If you want to experience the evolution of poker from someone who has lived through it from the very beginning, then read this book. Mike takes you on an adventure that holds nothing back! He makes you feel as if you were there along side the most famous gambling legends in history. Poker, Golf , Sports betting, Gin Rummy.... You name it they bet on it!

Mike has seen it all, and his talent for story telling will keep you glued to every word. Even if you never played Poker or even gambled, you will find it hard to put down "Life's a Gamble" it's piece of "Americana" that tells the story of legendary gamblers that includes not just their triumphs, but all their flaws as well.

He (Mike) is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, helped create PartyPoker in 2001 and was a key player in an event that changed the poker world forever – the launch of the World Poker Tour (WPT) in 2002. He has been a commentator on the WPT, along with Vince Van Patten, since its inception. In addition, Mike was recognized as poker's Top Ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards gala in 2006. That same year, he won WSOP Tournament of Champions, winning $1 million in prize money – half of which he donated to charity.


Hardback - 272 pages (1 Aug 2016)   £19.08    $17.11 

Jonathan Little's Excelling at No-Limit Hold'emJonathan Little's Excelling at No-Limit Hold'em
by Jonathan Little , Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton + more


Jonathan has brought together lots of different poker players, coming from all kinds of different backgrounds and writing in all kinds of different styles. So, we get condensed info by top professionals on a variety of topics, all in one book. Normally, one would have to buy about ten books to get the info and insights we get here - and pay at least ten times its price. Actually, my favourite chapter alone is worth at least ten times the price of the whole book - or maybe even a hundred times?! On a philosophical note: When people like Jonathan and other wonderful world class players generously share their experience and wisdom with people, the "price" is always way too low because what they give us is in fact absolutely invaluable, if taken in and used well.

To conclude: The special beauty of this book lies in its variety and the high quality contributors. There's guaranteed to be something for everyone in it that makes their minds spin and inspires them

This book is a fine collection of topics from top players across the poker circuit. It is a not a beginners book, and you must be a competent player to understand parts of the book.


Paperback - 512 pages (30 Jun. 2015)   £20.39    $28.28 

Moorman's Book of PokerMoorman's Book of Poker
by Chris Moorman (Author), Byron Jacobs (Author)


Chris, known as Moorman1 online, is the most accomplished online poker player of all-time, becoming the first player ever to achieve the $10 Million milestone in lifetime online tournament winnings on PocketFives. Moorman is also currently ranked the #1 online player in the world and all-time PocketFives Triple Crown leader with 19 wins. Moorman has also finished in the top 3 in tournaments over a staggering 566 times.

Many strong poker players have written books explaining their thought processes. However, players at the low- to mid-stakes who want to advance to the highest levels find the leap a daunting one. Chris, through years of hard work, has achieved this advance and now wants to help you do the same. Moorman’s Book of Poker has a unique approach. Chris analyzes 80 tournament hand histories played by co-author Byron Jacobs – a typical mid-stakes player. The adoption of a coaching format allows Chris to explain in clear detail exactly what is needed to progress to the next level of expertise.

This is an excellent book,we get a great insight into how Chris navigates trouble spots that we all find ourselves in at the table. There is something here for everyone with plenty of hand histories to work through. It's a must for any players poker library.


Paperback - 384 pages (10 Nov 2014)   £16.99    $24.22 

Expert Heads Up Volume 2
Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold'em: volume 2
by Will Tipton


Excellent follow up book. The material that is contained in the book is of first class quality. The situations that are discussed are analysed very thoroughly, using systematic approach of game trees, hand ranges and equity distributions. GTO play is estimated in these situations using simulations, and possible exploits are also discussed.

Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, this time concentrating on early street play. It develops tools for planning strategies to be executed over multiple streets and provides careful analysis of situations that arise when smart players' strategies interact..

If you are a heads-up NLHE player, or are looking to learn the increasingly popular format, then you finally have a series of books that you can turn to when doubts creep into your head!

Currently on Ebay for £10 with free postage!!
Paperback - 424 pages (31 May 2014)   

£13.59 Book
   $22.19 Book
 


Expert Heads Up Volume 1
Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold'em: volume 1
by Will Tipton


Excellent book. The material that is contained in the book is of first class quality. The situations that are discussed are analysed very thoroughly, using systematic approach of game trees, hand ranges and equity distributions. GTO play is estimated in these situations using simulations, and possible exploits are also discussed.

This book is more about tool building than reap low hanging fruits. It involves mathematics but nothing more than basic calculus is needed. It tells something that there is a lot of do-it-yourself exercises. The book is mostly based on game theoretical optimal (GTO) approach.

This is not another poker book (for dummies). But it cannot be, no simple rule set is enough to success in today's games. But it is well written and provides ideas and methods that will help you a long way to understand the game and reach expert level. It is a must have if you are seriously trying to improve your game. Easily the best book, out of too many!

Paperback - 336 pages (28 Dec 2012)   

£19.99 Book - £10.95 Kindle
   $25.48 Book - $17.95 Kindle
 


Positive Poker
Positive Poker
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 it’s likely that it is your mindset and the mental aspects of your game that will be costing you moeny.

Positive Poker is one-stop-shop for all of the problems that will beset a poker player, and it’s 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 Kindle
   $21.43 Book - $13.33 Kindle
 


The Education of a Modern Poker Player
The Education of a Modern Poker Player
by John Billingham, Thomas Tiroch, Emanuel Cinca


The original 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 authors.

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 Kindle
   $21.43 Book - $13.34 Kindle
 


Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: v. 3Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 3 : The Complete Workout
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 play.

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 higher level

The other volumes are below!

Paperback - 432 pages (27 Jun 2013)   £15.99    $25.69 

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: v. 2Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Volume 2
by Jonathan Little


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 play.

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)   £16.99    $18.45 

Harrington on Cash GamesHarrington 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.

Buy with the first book!

Paperback - 374 pages (Mar 2008)   £16.96    $23.07 

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Vol. 1Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker: Vol. 1: Fundamentals and How to Handle Varying Stack Sizes
by Jonathan Little


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 skill necessary.

Jonothan provides a solid foundation with clearly written and easy to follow instructions for tournament play.

The 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.

If 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)   £11.07    $18.45  

Think Like a Poker Pro: How to Study, Plan and Play Like a Professional 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 campaign.

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 areas.

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.

The 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)   £18.69    $26.56 

 
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