Most everyone who is serious about improving their poker game has read at least a few books on the subject.
There are hundreds of poker books out there that run the gamut of covering various strategies, the mental part of the game, and books that lean toward biographies and recount the lives of pro players who made their way to the top. No matter your reading pleasure with regard to poker, you can usually find a book about it.
But if your goal happens to be to learn from the best by whatever poker book you delve into, Daniel Negreanu advises to be careful about whom you trust. Anyone who finds a publisher can release a book on poker, passing themselves off as experts without having the credentials to back it up, Negreanu stated on his Full Contact Poker blog.
“There are books on the market today that would actually make you a WORSE poker player if you followed their advice,” KidPoker added. “There are plenty of frauds out there because there really isn’t a basis to verify an author’s credentials unless they release their personal poker records over an extended period of time.”
The Progress of Poker
Another consideration when choosing the best poker books to read is the date of publication. The game of poker has changed significantly over time. If it’s the best playing strategies that you’re after, a book a decade old may no longer be useful in today’s climate.
That climate, thanks to the Internet, allows players to rack up hands and valuable experience in a relatively short amount of time. The overall skill of players has risen dramatically as a result and may have made some of the older poker strategy books obsolete.
“A book that was written by a winning player in 2003, doesn’t mean that the information would be effective today,” Negreanu said. “It may contain strategies that worked then, but would be totally outdated now. There are still plenty of books on the market today written by people who simply wouldn’t be winning players today.”
KidPoker advises players to question the authors of poker books to make sure that the information being provided is coming from the best. Authors who write about and focus on mental preparedness should have a solid background in psychology and don’t necessarily have to be a top poker pro. But for the most part, books pertaining to poker strategy are best if written by “a successful, winning player over an extended period of time.”
I’ll Reveal This, But Not That
Novice players hoping to improve their game by reading the best poker books available should keep one fact in mind. Unfortunately, the greatest poker pros may want to hold onto some of their best secrets in order to continue crushing it at the tables.
“The truth is, many of the best poker books will never be written,” Negreanu admitted. “Its rare for a top player in the highest stakes games to divulge his strategies. He is typically going to make a hell of a lot more money by keeping his strategies to himself versus sharing them with the world.”