Poker Book Reccomendations

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Hey people,

I'm fairly new to looking at poker in a more serious way. After finding consistent and considerable results in my home games, then mixed ones in live casino games/online, I've been working on putting in more studying to improve on my play.

I'm looking to see if people here have book/other study tool recommendations for somebody like me. I just started Sklansky's Theory of Poker based on testimonials from Reddit/Amazon reviews, but I know there has to be a lot more out there. While I'm appreciating how Sklansky can illustrate his theories through examples in a variety of games, at this point I've spent all my time playing NL Hold Em, aside from some online PL Omaha in the last week or so. I'm hoping to explore all sides of the game, the mathematical, psychological, etc., so no matter how diverse or different the responses I would be happy to hear of anything that helped people develop a competitive advantage.

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Super System and Super System 2 are foundational and worth your time. Numerous games other than NL Holdem are addressed. I have also found Harrington on Hold’em series to be a solid read, only hold em though. Many, many others but come to mind but I have taken good information away from these.
 

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Where poker as a whole is concerned, I remember really enjoying Professional No-Limit Hold ‘Em by Matt Flynn, Sunny Mehta, and Ed Miller. I don’t think that I’ve ever read anything by Ed Miller that I didn’t like.

As far as tournament strategy goes, I Definitely remember taking a lot away from The Raiser’s Edge by “Elky” Grospellier, Lee Nelson, Tysen Streib, and Tony Dunst.

I hope this is helpful!
 

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Some good discussion for book recommendations in this thread: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/what-books-have-helped-your-game.52386/

I put a "wish list" together, based off recommendations from that thread. The prices below are from Amazon a few months ago. So far I've picked up Harrington's two cash game books and Jeff Hwang's PLO book, all used.

TitleAuthorNewUsed
The CourseEd Miller$50NA
Scoop!Greg Vail Doug Hull$50NA
Harrington on Cash Games V1Dan Harrington$23$17
Harrington on Cash Games V2Dan Harrington$28$17
Pot Limit OmahaJeff Hwang$15$6
Advanced PLO: Small BallJeff Hwang$35$28
Advanced PLO: LAG PlayJeff Hwang$35$15
Advanced PLO: Short HandedJeff Hwang$33$28
Professional PLORolf Slotboom$20$7
Professional PLO Short HandedRolf Slotboom$47$14
 

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Hold'em Wisdom For All Players by Daniel Negreanu is a solid choce (obviously only if you're into Texas Hold'em)
 

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Play Optimal Poker by Andrew Brokos has been interesting so far. It deals with game theory and hand ranging in NLH.

Small Stakes NLH by Ed Miller is solid and provides good ways to beat your casual poker nights or low limit live poker and micro/low online stakes.

If you're a MTT player, I think the Poker Tournament Formula is still relevant in regards to approaching tournament structure and aggression.

As far as other games, I can't speak to them but would appreciate any 7stud or lowball suggestions.
 
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What do your guys think of these two books? Did anybody read those? If yes, an opinion would be very helpful!
Choice 1: "Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big with Expert Play" by Edward Miller, David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth
Choice 2: "Small Stakes No-Limit Hold 'em" by Ed Miller, Matt Flynn, Sunny Mehta
 

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The game has changed quite a bit since a lot of these books were written. Take the concepts in but just be aware.
That’s what Ive been suspecting, so are there newer ones that are more effective? Or has the game moved more towards online courses/video lessons
 

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That’s what Ive been suspecting, so are there newer ones that are more effective? Or has the game moved more towards online courses/video lessons
Definitely more towards online courses/labs. There are still some good books coming out from the likes of Jonathan Little etc but in the post solver world some of the concepts in the older ones have been proven to be plain wrong.
 

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Definitely more towards online courses/labs. There are still some good books coming out from the likes of Jonathan Little etc but in the post solver world some of the concepts in the older ones have been proven to be plain wrong.
excuse my ignorance but what is solver?
 

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Type of tool to find GTO play given a certain situation. Will never be able to account for the human aspect, or the fundamentals, which is where some of the books still stand up.
 

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Type of tool to find GTO play given a certain situation. Will never be able to account for the human aspect, or the fundamentals, which is where some of the books still stand up.
ah yes, i have an iphone app for this. haven't studied it enough to fully understand it though. Thank you!
 

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For beginners, read Harrington on Hold Em. For sure the three tournament volumes, and probably the 2 Cash Game books as well. Harrington basically became the standard basic strategy for tourneys and will put you on a par with everyone else in the local $100 daily. To beat that crowd you’ll need to master it or build on it, but that’s your foundation. Harrington on cash games is also solid, albeit slightly outdated. It will engrain pot control concepts, maybe a little too much.
 
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