By Maria Konnikova
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Take Control and Master the
Many poker books focus on getting the edge in games, and nothing
deeper than that. You often get the impression poker players write to impress
upon you their knowledge, as if all the money and time theyve invested
into the game still hasnt gotten them over that hump of wanting
recognition and approval.
This is a book where the author confronts
exactly those desires, within herself. She uses poker in a holistic manner to
take her on that journey, and the results are impressive. This is also one of
the books in a new trend that sheds light on letting go of the need to control
what you cant, while also not completely giving up on building the skills
to control what you can.
The book's very well-written; it has a great
balance of storytelling and lessons on luck, on life and on everything
in-between. As the book progresses, you can feel Maria's love for Poker and
it's depths develop and you're brought along on that ride. The reflection on
the relationship between life and Poker leave you with a lot to consider.
Hardcover - 368 pages (25 Jun 2020)
Kindle - 369 pages
(23 Jun 2020)
|Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit
By Jonathan Little
Strategies to Consistently Beat Small Stakes Poker Tournaments and
An excellent textbook to study on how to play in low limit
games in multiway pots. Little does an excellent job in explaining different
strategies according to the stack size and the opponent's style into account.
This is something which a lot of amateurs make a mistake, they only look at
their hole cards and forget to consider the stack sizes of the players.
If you are the typical amateur who looks at the hole cards, and say, "I got
Aces, let me raise 10x BB because I got the goods", well, you are leaving a lot
of money on the table. This book will teach you to consider the ranges of your
opposition and take it into account before making a raise. Study this book and
it will definitely improve your game.
While this book is long and
detailed, it revolves around the central theme of range analysis, both
developing our own ranges and understanding our opponents. In the realm
of small stakes holdem where most players have little understanding of
their own ranges let alone their opponents, absorbing the concepts detailed in
this book will give you a big edge.
Paperback - 480
pages (31 Aug 2017)
Kindle - 482 pages
(17 Jul 2017)
By Dara O'Kearney and Barry Carter
The best way for small stakes poker players to earn life-changing
amounts of money is to win a satellite into a bigger tournament. Yet there is
surprisingly little poker theory written about how to win satellite
tournaments, until now. In Poker Satellite Strategy professional poker player
Dara OKearney gives you a framework for how to approach every stage of a
satellite tournament, from the early levels right up to the bubble.
doesn't matter which category your fall in to, Dara O'Kearney is here to tell
you that you are almost definitely playing satellites incorrectly. If you're
interested in learning the format at all then this book is a corner stone for
optimal satellite play. This book is a fundamental for any poker player that
has ever registered a satellite - stop making easy mistakes and start playing
The upsides of playing satellites are numerous. It's full of
people like me, dreamers, beginners and they turn nits into gamblers, why? Well
because it's a chance at a big win with little or no loss. People know the
players are fishy and inexperienced. You are playing for seats not places. A
seat is a seat whether you win first or second place. It's survival which is
easier to do than conquering. It's watching your blinds watching your blinds
watching your blinds! But a bit beyond the steps of the palace there are the
further Tournament steps to events like the WSOP. Obviously these steps are
walked by serious pros. Dara is a pro and an expert in satellites. His record
is proof of the pudding. If he can't teach you anything then you're probably
rich by now.
The book is simply laid out. It's cordial and often
anecdotal. It lays out formula and order of decisions in a logical but
comprehensible way. Anything you didn't think you were capable of
understanding, you will.
Paperback - 222 pages (26 Feb 2019)
Kindle - 224 pages
(26 Feb 2019)
|FossilMan's Winning Tournament
By Greg Raymer
FossilMan's Winning Tournament Strategies is the ultimate guide to
practical tournament play. Greg "FossilMan" Raymer, winner of the WSOP Main
Event in 2004, explains everything you need to know to become a successful
Raymer has a great ability to explain difficult
concepts in clear and simple language. ----- Raymer simplfies the learning
process by breaking down the complex subject of tournament strategy into the
This an excellent tournament book that is practical,
engaging, and insightful. The book has 42 short and digestible chapters which
cover everything from GTO, ICM, preflop and postflop betting, emotional
concerns, different types of tournaments and more. An overarching concept is
paying attention to the math on many different levels to maximize ones
ability to go deep into tournaments.
He also has some great
One trick for example is where he discusses a cool trick to keep
his mental game sharp when he has lost a big pot. In Chapter 32 (Emotional
Concerns) he provides an example about a tournament where the average stack is
40K and he has 120K. After losing 60K in a single hand (no matter what the
circumstances) instead of going on tilt, he realizes he still has 60K which is
well above the average stack. Raymer says to himself: How would I feel
right now if I had started the last hand with 30K and doubled to 60K? I would
Paperback - 248 pages (30 July 2019)
Kindle - 272 pages
(30 July 2019)
|Felt Hopper: Vegas
The author plans to play in the
most popular poker rooms of Las Vegas during 4 days for the adventure and the
objective of getting a profit.
We can read in short chapters all the
poker rooms que visited, including downtown Las Vegas. He also includes
anecdotes and interesting characters he met in Vegas. You are never bored and
the pages go fast.
You don't need to know anything about poker to enjoy
this book. If you do play poker, you will find out the best poker rooms for
winning (and why).
Tylers twisted description of poker opponents
is comical and thoughtful. Great adventure for the casual poker
Recommend for poker players not already familiar with
Paperback - 204 pages (23 July 2018)
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.
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
Paperback - 272 pages (7 Aug 2016)
|Life's a Gamble
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
Hardback - 272 pages (1 Aug 2016)
|Jonathan Little's Excelling at
by Jonathan Little , Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton +
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
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)
by Chris Moorman (Author), Byron Jacobs
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
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. Moormans 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
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)
Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold'em: volume 2
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
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..
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
Paperback - 424 pages (31 May 2014)
Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold'em: volume 1
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
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
$25.48 Book - $17.95
by Dr. Patricia Cardner, Jonathan
The full title of the book
is, Positive Poker: A Modern Psychological Approach to Mastering Your Mental
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 moeny.
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.
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
The Education of a Modern Poker Player
by John Billingham,
Thomas Tiroch, Emanuel Cinca
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
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.
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
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)