I have been playing poker since the time I was a teenager. The learning curve was very slow for me. It was hard for me to understand how this game was anything but luck. Once I started learning more about the game I learned how some people can consistently play and win. Here are some books that helped me in my poker journey.
Raiser’s Edge by Bertrand Grospellier, Lee Nelson and others
Raiser’s Edge is the latest book from the “Kill” series authors. This book builds from the theories found in the other two books. You learn why the aggressive and hyper-aggressive styles are profitable ones. It teaches you to play this way while also learning to exploit other people who are playing the same style. A questionable theory is proposed in this book that a person’s ethnicity is related to the way they play the game of poker. While this may not always be true it is worth the read nonetheless. Raiser’s Edge is on our must have list for any tournament player today.
Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand Vol 1 amp; 2 at a Time by Eric Lynch, Jo n Turner, and Jon van Fleet
Written by three of the brightest minds in online tournament poker this book is a must have for any serious online grinder. These three combined have over $6 million lifetime winnings between theme. Each of them have different perspectives on the game and their collective knowledge should help any player become better. They decided to break it down into two volumes, the first covering fundamentals and the second showing you what to do once in the money. These three will take you from the first hand to taking your pictures with the money and show you what to do each step of the way.
The Poker Tournament Formula by Arnold Snyder
Arnold Snyder may not be a popular name but this man knows his tournament poker. His book especially applies to low stakes tournaments. He leads you through important topics such as hand strength, reading your opponents, position, aggression as well as many other topics that are important to tournament poker. Snyder gives insight into what gave him a return on investment (ROI) of over 300%.
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky
Written by one of the most brilliant minds in poker, this book is great for anyone who is looking to take their game to the next level. Sklansky first explains the differences between cash games and tournament poker. He then explains the differences in depth. The key to tournament poker is learning how to adjust your play for different stages of the tournament. Your play when the different starts will differ greatly from the play at the end of the tournament. Sklansky discusses what to do from the beginning to the end of any tournament.
Some other books that I have found useful in my poker career can be found in these articles I have written.
Top Four Tournament Poker Books.
Top Five Sit-N-Go Poker Books