Poker Books Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015

Read the Best Poker Books

Possibly the best poker advice you'll ever receive is to study as much as you can about poker basics and poker strategy before you sit down to play at the tables. Reading poker books and poker articles can definitely help you improve your game; learning from the experience of others will help pave your way to poker success.

We are proud to present you with a list of informative and interesting poker books, many of them recently published. Our poker books reviews will guide you to what type of book you prefer to read. Some are poker strategy texts, while others tell the stories of poker players who achieved great success at the tables and tournaments. Possibly by reading their poker stories, you'll be able to follow in their footsteps.

If you have any suggestions for additional poker books that should appear on this page, don't hesitate to contact us.

reading poker tells bookReview of Reading Poker Tells by Zachary Elwood

Intended to be “the best resource on poker tells available,” this book relates solely to poker tells at live poker games and tournaments.

Who will enjoy this = players who play live poker and those transitioning from online to live poker.

Will it teach you poker = while it won't teach you the rules and/or strategy of the game, it will teach you how to read other players and become unreadable to them.

Reviewed = February 23, 2015

raiser's edgeReview of The Raiser's Edge by Grospellier, Nelson, Streib, Dunst

The intention of the team of professional players who coauthored this guide is to present tournament poker strategies for the LAG (loose aggressive) and hyper-LAG player, and how to defend against such aggressive types.

Who will enjoy this = advanced poker players.

Will it teach you poker = this book is not suitable for beginners or for most poker players. Advanced players may find it helpful.

Reviewed = January 5, 2015

chris moormanReview of Moorman's Book of Poker by Chris Moorman and Byron Jacobs

British professional poker player Chris Moorman describes himself on his website as “the most accomplished online poker player in the world.” He’s not exaggerating. Moorman's Book of Poker has this talented player looking over your shoulder as you play, telling you what you're doing right, and what you're doing wrong.

Who will enjoy this = fans of Chris Moorman and players keen on analyzing their hand histories, looking for an edge on their opponents.

Will it teach you poker = yes, most suitable for intermediate and advanced players.

Reviewed = December 28, 2014

Alligator Blood by James LeightonReview of Alligator Blood by James Leighton

Leighton's easy-to-read book tells of the spectacular rise and fall of the high-rolling whiz-kid who controlled online poker's billions. This is the story of Daniel Tzvetkoff, an Australian software developer who devised the optimal method for online payment processing just as customers were flocking to the Internet to play poker.

Who will enjoy this = fans of the 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street" and anyone who enjoys a good read about the rise, and fall, of online poker.

Will it teach you poker = no.

Reviewed = February 27, 2014

The Big BlindReview of The Big Blind by Nicolette Pierce

Consider this poker fans. It’s the final moments of a WSOP bracelet event. One million dollars in prize money, all of it in $100 bills, has been placed on the tournament table. The dealer is shuffling the cards and excitement is building. And then the power goes out. When the lights go back on, the stacks of cash are missing and a man lies dead on the floor next to the poker table.

Who will enjoy this = anyone who loves suspense novels that are not to be taken too seriously.

Will it teach you poker = no.

Reviewed: October 13, 2014

blood aces benny binionReview of Blood Aces, The Wild Ride of Benny Binion by Doug Swanson

This is the story of American gambling icon Lester Ben "Benny" Binion, the man who not only put Las Vegas on the gambling map, but also created the World Series of Poker. Described as "likeable" and as an "affable killer," Binion became the "most beloved gangster of them all."

Who will enjoy this = fans of American crime history, as well as those interested in the origins of the game of poker as we know it.

Will it teach you poker = no.

Reviewed = August 20, 2014

Fading Hearts on the River by Brooks HaxtonReview of Fading Hearts on the River by Brooks Haxton

This is the story of Isaac "Ike" Haxton, one of the hottest names in online poker, as told by his father, a poet and writing professor. Reading a poker story written by a poet makes for some very lyrical descriptions of  action on the felt.

Who will enjoy this = Anyone interested in the real life stories of successful online poker players.

Will it teach you poker = no

Reviewed = May 19, 2014 

How to be a Poker PlayerReview of How to Be a Poker Player by Haseeb Qureshi

"Poker must be learned; you must absorb that learning into your bones. Your brain must get conditioned into the right network, which takes many hundreds of thousands of hands," the author writes. This book will help you get your brain conditioned, so, be prepared for the long run.

Who will enjoy this = Poker players with the patience to condition themselves toward playing better poker.

Will it teach you poker = This book will help you think your way to being a better poker player.

Reviewed = May 1, 2014 

The Moneymaker EffectReview of The Moneymaker Effect by Eric Raskin

This is "the insider story of the tournament that forever changed poker" with a focus on the player who was in the right place at the right time to make it all happen. Fascinating report on the rise of amateur poker player Chris Moneymaker, and how he made it from an online poker satellite to winning the WSOP Main Event. Told by professional poker players and media professionals in a very easy-to-read style.

Who will enjoy this = All online poker players interested in knowing where the poker boom began.

Will it teach you poker = no

Reviewed = July 15, 2014 

poker book reviewReview of No-limit Holdem Poker by Bob Ciaffone

The first part of this book explores general poker concepts, including selecting a wager size, all-in decisions, stack size, and the betting rounds. The next section of the book shows you how the ideas that have been discussed are actually put into practice.

Who will enjoy this = players with experience at the table, wanting to take their game up a notch. However, beginners will find a lot of clear and useful information in the book that will help them start their poker careers.

Will it teach you poker = yes.

Reviewed = November 4, 2014


Poker Tilt by Dutch BoydReview of Poker Tilt by Dutch Boyd

This is the story of a high rolling, galivanting tournament poker player, and how he overcame the odds, and mental illness, to win big at the World Series of Poker. Dutch's autobiography tells of hard-fought battles in the green felt jungle.

Who will enjoy this = Anyone interested in the fascinating story of Dutch Boyd's rise to fame, written just before he won his 3rd WSOP bracelet.

Will it teach you poker = no

Reviewed = June 12, 2014 

Pot Limit Omaha 8 RevealedReview of Pot Limit Omaha 8 Revealed by Dan Deppen

The book provides expert advice for winning Pot Limit Omaha 8 Poker games, with tips for multi-table tournaments, cash games, and sit 'n' go tournaments.

Who will enjoy this = Anyone looking for an advantage over the generally weak Omaha Poker playing field.

Will it teach you poker = yes, if you want to improve your Omaha Poker play.

Reviewed = January 20, 2014 


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