Friday, 15 January 2010

Poker Book Reviews

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1. Gus Hansen Every Hand RevealedBuy It Now

Every Hand Revealed

2. Phil Gordon's Little Green Book Buy It Now
Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em

3. Harrington on Holdem Volume 1 - Buy It Now
Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play

4. Play Poker Like The Pros - Buy It Now
Play Poker Like the Pros

5. The Theory Of Poker By David Sklansky - Buy It Now
The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One

6. Doyle Brunson's Super System - Buy It Now
Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker, 3rd Edition

7. Ace on the River Barry GreensteinBuy It Now
Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide

8. SnG Strategy Colin Moshman -  Buy It Now

Sit 'n Go Strategy

9.  The Poker Mindset - Buy It Now
The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success

The Theory of Poker - Book Review

The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One

The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky discusses theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw (high), seven-card stud, hold ’em, lowball draw, and razz (seven-card lowball stud). This book introduces you to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, its implications, and how it should affect your play. Other chapters discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semibluffing.

Many of today’s top poker players will tell you that this is the book that really made a difference in their play. That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study this book will literally leave behind those who don’t, and most serious players wear the covers off their copies. This is the best book ever written on poker.

David Sklansky is generally considered the number one authority on gambling in the world today. Besides his ten books on the subject, David also has produced two videos and numerous writings for various gaming publications. His occasional poker seminars always receive an enthusiastic reception, including those given at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

More recently, David has been doing consulting work for casinos, Internet gaming sites, and gaming device companies. He has recently invented several games, soon to appear in casinos.

David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three things:

1. The fact that he presents his ideas as simply as possible (sometimes with Mason Malmuth) even though these ideas frequently involve concepts that are deep, subtle, and not to be found elsewhere.
2. The fact that the things he says and writes can be counted on to be accurate.
3. The fact that to this day a large portion of his income is still derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments).
Thus, those who depend on David’s advice know that he still depends on it himself.

Play Poker Like the Pro's Phil Hellmuth - Book Review

Play Poker Like the Pros

Hellmuth is to poker players what Tiger Woods is to golfers. A seven-time World Series of Poker winner, he knows his craft and has now decided to pass a little of his wisdom on to less-skilled players. As the introduction stresses, this is not a book to be perused casually; rather, you read it like a textbook, a training manual for effective poker playing, at both beginning and advanced levels.

As in Bellin's Poker Nation [BKL Mr 15 02], where the author explores the logic behind successful strategy, Hellmuth details card combinations and analyzes situations with the precision of a surgeon. And in both books the art of reading other players receives in-depth analysis. What's unique here is the breadth of coverage, focusing not only on traditional table play but also on online gaming, at which many high-end players now prosper.

An extensive glossary makes for entertaining reading on its own, as does the impressive listing of Hellmuth's top-50 wins. A must for any gaming collection.


"Play Poker Like the Pros is the best poker strategy book ever written. ("Amarillo Slim" Preston, Hall of Fame inductee and poker's greatest ambassador. )

"Phil Hellmuth gave me the best poker lesson I've ever received." (Matt Damon, actor and co-star in the movie Rounders )

"From the moment I first played poker with Phil I knew that I was witnessing something special." (Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, Poker legend and eight-time World Champion of poker )

"Phil Hellmuth is the best poker tournament player that I have ever played against." (Johnny Chan, Seven-time World Champion of Poker )


Doyle Brunsons Super System - Book Review

Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker, 3rd Edition

Considered by pros the BEST POKER BOOK EVER WRITTEN. This is the classic book on every major no-limit game played today and is considered by the pros to be one of the best books ever written on poker! Jam-packed with advanced strategies, theories, tactics and money-making techniques - no serious poker player can afford to be without this essential book! 
For the first time ever in paperback edition, Super System is packed with 608 pages of hard-hitting information and including fifty pages of the most precise poker statistics ever published, this is truly a must-buy for aspiring pros. Super System features chapters written by game's superstars, the best theorists and the best poker players in the world, such as Dave Sklansky, Mike Caro, Chip Reese, Bobby Baldwin and Doyle Brunson. Three world champions and two master theorists cover the essential strategies and advanced play in their specialties and provide no-nonsense winning advice on making money at the tables. These poker superstars cover the important money games in depth: 
You'll learn 7-card stud, draw poker, lowball, 7-card low stud (razz), high-low split (cards speak), high-low declare, and the most popular game today, hold'em (limit and no-limit). 
The important winning concepts and strategies are clearly outlined and explained so that you'll become a big money winner. Serious poker players must have this book. This is mandatory reading for aspiring poker pros, tournament players or those ready to play no-limit and is ideal for players moving to higher stakes games. 
This is the best poker book every written - period - acknowledged by pros and knowledgeable players alike as the classic book on every major no-limit game played today. Absolutely indispensable reading for any player.

Doyle 'Texas Dolly' Brunson, two-time world series champion, is considered the greatest no-limit hold'em player in the world and the acclaimed author of Super System, the best poker book ever written.

Ace On Th River Barry Greenstein -Book Review

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide 

Ace on the River is designed to improve the play of everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. The unique play-by-play section will challenge readers to think beyond simple starting hands and make better decisions on other streets.

Ace on the River addresses elements of the game that are unfamiliar to many players. Included are chapters on the poker society, money management, family matters and even sex. This complilation of philosophies and real-table scenarios provides a rare chance to see the poker world through the eyes of someone who lives it.


"I seem to win whenever I read it." -- Ted Forrest, winning high-stakes player

"It's the necessary complement to instructional poker books." -- John Hennigan, winning high-stakes player

"Other players don't think about poker like Barry does." -- Phil Ivey, winning high-stakes player

"This book contains a lot of stuff I knew but had never seen written." -- Doyle Brunson, poker legend

Phil Gordon's Little Green Book - Book Review

Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em

Phil Gordon plays poker with the best players in the world. He has won -- and lost -- in tournaments and cash games around the globe, all the while studying the game and learning from every hand dealt. As the resident expert and cohost of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Phil has quickly become one of the most sought-after teachers of No Limit Texas Hold'em. It's a tough game. But anyone can become a winning player with the right amount of courage, patience, aggression, observation, and, perhaps most important, dedication to becoming a better player.

After fifteen years of keeping notes on the things he's learned, the greats he's played with, and the celebrities he's taught, Phil Gordon has poured every single thing he knows about No Limit Texas Hold'em into this little green book. Taking a page from Harvey Penick's bestselling book of golf wisdom, Phil plays the role of both teacher and student, offering up insightful tips on how to think about poker and how to develop a singular style of play. Through philosophy, psychology, strategy, math, and the knowledge gleaned from playing poker with everyone from T. J. Cloutier and Phil Ivey to Hank Azaria and Ben Affleck, Phil breaks down the game into enlightening instructional tidbits and illustrative anecdotes that inspire the kind of persistence and motivation necessary to improve your game.

A book to rank with Doyle Brunson's Super System and David Sklansky's The Theory of Poker, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book deserves a spot on the shelf of every serious student of the game.

Pro Views:

"In our minds, this book is an instant classic and a must-have for any serious student of the game. Everyone who reads it will come away a better player."-- Howard Lederer and Annie Duke

"Phil Gordon is one of poker's premier players and has few peers as a teacher of No Limit Hold'em. I would hate to have to compete with anyone who accesses the information in these pages."

-- Erik Seidel

"Poker: The Real Deal was the best introductory book ever, and this is the perfect 'graduation' book. It provides the key to leaving solid amateur play behind and embracing the first inklings of playing like a true pro. I now feel endowed with that intangible element of strength known as unbridled confidence."
-- James Woods

"Phil Gordon and his
Little Green Book made the difference between me losing money and winning money. It made me a winning player."
-- Hank Azaria

"If I cared about poker at all, this would be the book I'd buy."

-- David Foley

The Poker Mindset - Book Review

The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success

What "secret" separates top poker players from poker wannabes? Is it zen-like mind-reading skills, a computer-like brain or thousands of hours of play? No. It is a series of established approaches and behaviors that enables these experts to bring their "A" game to the table session after session, regardless of short-term results.

In this groundbreaking book, Taylor and Hilger lay bare the secrets of the Poker Mindset: seven core attitudes and concepts that ensure you have the optimal emotional, psychological, and behavioral framework for playing superior poker.

The Poker Mindset deeply explores vital topics that most poker books only touch upon:

- Tilt: What it really is, why and when you are most prone to it, and how you can avoid it.

- Bankroll: A complete examination of bankroll management from a technical, but more importantly, from a psychological and emotional viewpoint.

- Opponents: How to determine your competitors' mental and emotional processes so that you can dominate, out think and outplay them.

- Downswings: Every poker player experiences them, but you will truly understand and be armed against low ebbs when they occur.

- Bad Beats: The Poker Mindset will enable you to overcome the trauma of bad beats and losing big pots.

Poker is a fun game, but it is even more fun when you win. The Poker Mindset may be the most valuable poker book you will ever read. Embrace its concepts and you can overcome the unseen obstacles that are limiting your success at the table.

When you make the Poker Mindset your mindset, you will take control of your game and walk away a winner.

About Matthew Hilger

Matthew Hilger's interest in professional poker is three-fold: playing, writing, and managing poker content websites. His first two books, Internet Texas Hold'em and Texas Hold'em Odds and Probabilities, became best-selling poker books around the world.

Matthew received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Georgia in 1989. He completed a master's degree in Finance at Georgia State University in 1991 as well as a master's degree in International Business from Thunderbird in 1996. Prior to embarking on a poker career, Matthew worked in various accounting, finance, and consulting positions.

Matthew cashed eight times at the World Series of Poker between 2004 and 2006, including one final table and a 33rd place finish in the main event. He also won the 2002 New Zealand Poker Championship.