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    Hi there

    I am looking for a few poker books to get started on. I have a good understanding of the basics, so I am looking for something a bit more in depth and not something like Poker for Dummies.

    I have read the Brunson's Super System 1 & 2 are highly recommended, but I don't know which one to start with. I read that the first should be the bible, but that the second should be an updated version, while others says that the second doesn't get nowhere near the first?

    I also thought of picking up Caro's Book of Poker Tells.

    Other books I should check out?

    And by the way, does anyone know of a good poker IRC channel for live poker support? Maybe PokerStars has one?

  • #2
    I'm reading Sklanskys Theory of poker which has been incredibly helpful, but it might be a bit basic if you already understand the underlying concepts of the game. What type of poker do you play? SNG, CG, MTT?

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    • #3
      Hi badmankali, I think Guyguyson has hit the nail on the head by asking what format you play. It is very difficult to make any recommendations without knowing this, as a useful SnG book would be no good if you are a cash game player. Personally I play 6max cash games and have both volume 1 and 2 of 'easy game' by Andrew Seidman. These 2 volumes contain some of the best written text you can find for learning cash games imo. I definately recommend both of them if you are playing cash, particularly 6max. Good luck at the tables. Oliver umbup:
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      • #4
        I don't play neither of them right now, I have played a good bit of play money cash games and had a good bit of fun, both 9 and 6 tables. But I am still part of the bankroll builder, waiting for my first dollars to get started on.
        I haven't thought in the terms you asked, I also think I need to look a bit at the definitions.

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        • #5
          If you are taking part in the bankroll builder promotion (where play has to be at the 9max tabes) I would still recommend reading easay game. The book is geared mainly towards 6max play, however it has essential ideas and thoeries that will be useful for any cash game player GL Oliver umbup:
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          • #6
            If you are taking part in the bankroll builder promotion (where play has to be at the 9max tabes) I would still recommend reading easay game. The book is geared mainly towards 6max play, however it has essential ideas and thoeries that will be useful for any cash game player GL Oliver umbup:
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            • #7
              Okay, thank you very much, will definitely check them out.

              I heard about another book called "Play Poker, Quit Work and Sleep Till Noon". Ever heard of it? It's supposed to be old and a bit outdated like Super Strategy, but still worth gold.
              Another mentioning I've seen is "Poker Strategy Winning with Game Theory".

              EDIT:

              Did I really just catch some links for PDFs of the real books?
              Easy Game Vol. 1
              Easy Game Vol. 2
              Last edited by badmankali; Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:20 PM. Reason: Found links

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              • #8
                If you understand expected value, position, pot odds, effective odds, implied odds, reverse implied odds and know when to call, raise, fold, semi-bluff, full-bluff and how to defend blinds, read the board, get a decent read on others via betting patterns etc then it really comes down to which format you feel suits you better. MTT - Multi-table tourny, SNG - Sit and go (Single table tourny), CG - Cash/ring game. There are tons of great books on each of these formats either covering them in full or covering them at certain stakes.

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                • #9
                  Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand At A Time volumes 1 and 2

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                  • #10
                    Here's a couple

                    There have been a lot of books that have helped me.

                    JW's suggestion is one of those books.

                    Decide to Play Great Poker by Annie Duke was a real good read

                    The Poker Mindset by Matthew Hilger

                    Your Worst Poker Enemy by Alan Schoonmaker

                    These three books have helped me think like a poker player when it really counts.

                    Ol Mud
                    Last edited by Ol Mud; Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:01 PM.
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