Additional reading list

There are a lot of poker books out there.  And though this document will have you well on your way to becoming a poker expert, you may be looking for additional reading.

So, we asked some of the poker experts who helped develop TestYourPoker.com to pick their favorite poker books.  Here are some of their responses.  These books are the best of the best.

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1: Fundamentals and how to handle varying stack sizes, Jonathan Little, D&B Publishing, 2011

Jonathan Little, renowned for his expert tournament play, gives great insight in this first volume of his tournament books. Finally master the constantly-changing blinds and stacks and how to adjust your play. This is an excellent choice for all tournament players, as well as cash players who want to transition to tournaments.

Playing The Player: Moving Beyond ABC Poker To Dominate Your Opponents, Ed Miller, Monkey Tilt Books, 2012

Ed Miller is known for providing great poker literature, and this book lives up to that reputation. You can learn all sort of fundamentals from other books, but this one will develop your skills far beyond the basics. If you're looking to take your poker game to the next level, this is the book for you. It is certainly a "must own."

Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play, Dan Harrington, Two Plus Two Pub., 2004

I'll be the first to say it: this book is old. However, don't let that fool you. The content provided by Dan Harrington, one of the undisputed leaders in poker books, is simply fantastic. This book has long been called the best book for learning about tournament poker, and for good reason. If you're struggling with tournaments, this is the choice for you.

The Mental Game of Poker: Proven Strategies For Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More, Jared Tendler and Barry Carter, Jared Tendler, LLC, 2011

Recommended by 2013 WSOP One Drop champion Tony Gregg and 2012 WSOP Main Event chamption Greg Merson, this book offers insight like no other. In poker, you can't always win, and sometimes when you play, your mind isn't in it. Learning how to deal with the mental aspects of the game is often one of the hardest parts when trying to improve your play. Let Tendler and Carter help you sharpen your mind and make sure you're always playing your A game.

Real Grinders: How to Play Poker for a Living, Ashton Cartwright, Ashton Publishing Group, 2014

Most great poker players play all the time. They're grinders. Ashton Cartwright compiles the knowledge of more than two dozen pros from across the world into his book. It's full of insight on the career of a pro poker player, what it takes, and how it's different than playing as an amateur. This isn't full of hand histories or pot odds, but rather the lifestyle of a pro. It's a good read that's a little different from the more conventional poker book.

Poker Plays You Can Use, Doug Hull and Ed Miller, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

Two heavyweights in poker literature come together to cut through the noise and bring you only what matters. This book starts with specific hands to show you the difference between amateur thinking and professional thinking. Then, it gives you a series of missions to practice and hone your skills. Stop making mistakes in your game and really improve with this book.

Every Hand Revealed, Gus Hansen, Citadel, 2008

One of the biggest complaints I hear about poker books is that they're dry and hard to read. This one's different. Gus Hansen condenses tons of valuable knowledge, but presents it in an almost conversational tone. After recording information and thoughts about hands while in the middle of a tournament, Hansen goes back to explain it all in this book. His fresh thoughts give insight that you've never read in a poker book. This will help you improve your game and bring your profits through the roof.

Doyle Brunson's Super System: A Course in Power Poker , Cardoza Publishing, 1979

There is no player more legendary than Doyle Brunson, and there is no book more legendary than Super System.  Although some of the sections of this book are outdated, Doyle’s section on No-Limit cash games is still as relevant today as ever.  His playing style, now commonplace among players everywhere, was a carefully guarded secret up until this book’s publication.  He taught an entire generation of players – in fact, he received criticism from many of the poker elite for revealing too much!

Caro's Book of Poker Tells by Mike Caro , (originally published as Mike Caro’s Book of Tells in 1984), Cardoza Publishing, 2003.

In the world of famous poker books, this one is second only to Super System.  Mike Caro reveals all of his personal secrets for reading players that made him rich at the poker table.  Body language, betting flair, speaking tells, and even “Pokerclack” – it’s all in there (seriously, I here pokerclack almost every time I play, that tip alone was worth the price of the book).  If you play live poker, you’ve got to have this book.  If you only play online, it won’t help you out too much.

Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold 'Em (Championship Series) by T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy , Cardoza Publishing, 2004

T.J. Cloutier, another of the famous road gamblers of the Southwest, and top Vegas pro Tom McEvoy (1983 WSOP winner) team up to really lay it on the line in this book.  More than half of the book is devoted to tournaments, where T.J. is no stranger (he’s won more poker tournaments than anyone else in history).  There’s a great section with 20 No-Limit practice hands.

Pot-Limit & No-Limit Poker by Stewart Reuben and Bob Ciaffone , Bob Ciaffone, 2nd edition, 1999

When you see the ridiculous cover art and old-fashioned games listed on the cover (like “London Lowball”), you’ll probably put the book down and never open it.  Good.  I hope that’s exactly what you do (if I ever have to play against you).  Seriously, Bob Ciaffone’s advice in the No-Limit section of this book is absolutely the best poker advice I ever have read.  I’ve read it over and over, and I read it once again when I’m feeling down about my poker game.  He explains the thought processes you should go through rather than giving specific advice on hands.

The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky , Two plus Two Publishing, latest printing 2003

No list of poker books would be complete without this one.  Even though it focuses on limit poker, and many of the examples aren’t even Hold’em, the concepts discussed in this book give you the foundations needed to beat any poker game.  I reference this book on a regular basis when I think I need a refresher on the concepts surrounding different plays, such as bluffing, semi-bluffing, slowplaying, etc.  This book also provides the best discussion of position in any book on the market.  But don’t think this is light reading.  Sklansky is a theorist and you can expect to need to re-read a single chapter several times to get the full value from this book.  Do it.