Another Poker Book Suggestion Thread

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To start the post, yes I have used the search function and read many of the threads pertaining to this topic, but I am looking for a more corrugated list based on my specific needs. From reading the other threads, some books have stood out to be best for my situation, but I would like some input.

I would consider myself a beginner. I have spent a considerable amount of time watching free videos and reading free content online, but I have limited hours of actual play. I am only interested in playing live games, but I am not able to play every week. For this discussion, let's assume I will play 5-10 hours a month. I only play small stakes $1/$2 cash and occasional weekly tournament $60-$100 buy-in (typically 30-60 players). For book material, I am more interested in the cash/strategy aspect, developing ranges, and especially playing post flop. I understand starting ranges and position fairly well.

TLDR:
Skill: Beginner
Stakes: $1/$2 live
Play Time: 5-10hr/month


My current list of potential books to read:
  • The Course - Ed Miller
  • Small Stakes No-limit Hold'em - Ed Miller
  • Strategies for Beating Small stakes Poker Cash Games - Jonathan Little
  • Harrington on Hold'em - Dan Harrington
  • No Limit Hold'em: Theory and Practice - David Skalnsky

I am interested to know which of these books (or if there is a different book) that you would suggest for my first. Also, if you have one of these books or a lot of books you no longer want, I would be interested in purchasing.

Thanks!
 

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Donkey Poker 1-3. Really thoughtful books series which discusses adjustments to crush passive games like 1-2. Definitely not strategies which will carry on to winning at online low stakes or 2-5+, and I don’t agree with everything in there (like buying in short). But the author spends a lot of time explaining his thinking, comparing to online, and using a database of player info to back up his ideas. It’s almost too much explanation, which is why it’s 3 (short) volumes.

The Course is a great one too.

Even though you are only interested in live, I would suggest playing online at very low stakes (0.01-0.02 to 0.05-0.10) just for getting reps in. Having more play experience is an important part of learning. For the price of a book you can have like 20 buyins and lots of hands of experience, and if you download your hand histories you have data from your play to review as part of your study. Not suggesting this instead of books but as a part of your routine.
 

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Thanks for the reply!

Donkey Poker 1-3.

I will definitely check this one out as well. Thanks!

Even though you are only interested in live, I would suggest playing online at very low stakes (0.01-0.02 to 0.05-0.10)

I wouldn't mind playing online, I am just not sure what site to use. Also, there is a blurry line of legality in Oklahoma. I don't think anyone has been charged here for playing online, but I would hate to send up with a misdemeanor for a $50 bank roll haha. Oklahoma is a weird state. Technically, all gambling is illegal, even home games, no matter the size. But Native Americans have tribal land in the state with casinos that have poker rooms. Anyways with that said, I wouldn't mind suggestions for your favorite online poker sites.
 

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Thanks for the reply!



I will definitely check this one out as well. Thanks!



I wouldn't mind playing online, I am just not sure what site to use. Also, there is a blurry line of legality in Oklahoma. I don't think anyone has been charged here for playing online, but I would hate to send up with a misdemeanor for a $50 bank roll haha. Oklahoma is a weird state. Technically, all gambling is illegal, even home games, no matter the size. But Native Americans have tribal land in the state with casinos that have poker rooms. Anyways with that said, I wouldn't mind suggestions for your favorite online poker sites.
Your best bet would be America's Cardroom or Ignition Poker. I feel like ACR is the default for most US players who aren't in one of the states which have authorized online poker. These are widely used across the country for many years now. In the event of any legal action, they're going to go after the operator, not the players. Worst case scenario would be your bankroll would be confiscated I would think (which again would be super unlikely and not really an issue at these stakes). That said, obviously you should be comfortable with what you're doing. I also know a number of folks on this site are running private online home games so you might try reading some of those treads and networking. I imagine those stakes will be higher than penny blinds though...
 

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Thanks for the input @power13 .

I have heard of both those sites. I will look closer at them. The private online games are definitely interesting as well, but I am not skilled enough for higher levels haha.


For anyone who cares, I went ahead and purchased The Course. The deciding factor was The Course was $50 and Donkey Poker 1-3 would be closer to $90 for the three volumes.
 

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Thanks for the reply!



I will definitely check this one out as well. Thanks!



I wouldn't mind playing online, I am just not sure what site to use. Also, there is a blurry line of legality in Oklahoma. I don't think anyone has been charged here for playing online, but I would hate to send up with a misdemeanor for a $50 bank roll haha. Oklahoma is a weird state. Technically, all gambling is illegal, even home games, no matter the size. But Native Americans have tribal land in the state with casinos that have poker rooms. Anyways with that said, I wouldn't mind suggestions for your favorite online poker sites.
I was really surprised to see how different the US states treat home gambling laws. I was under the mistaken impression that home games are legal so long as the homeowner or organizer doesn’t profit by raking the pot or taking anything of value (e.g., Ohio). Damn, O
 
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