Top 5 Poker Books and Videos for Beginner Players

Phil Hellmuth

If you choose to play winning poker, you'll have to rededicate yourself to that goal throughout your life. You can't ever let your game become stale.

The minute you think you know it all is the minute you will switch to a losing player's mindset. Poker is a game that takes a lifetime to master; there is always more information out there that can make you a better player.

Books are a great resource to help you strengthen your skills. There are thousands of books written on the subject of poker and almost all of them will be able to teach you something.

Here are my top 5 picks for the best poker books.

Top 5 Poker Books

1) Theory of Poker by David Sklansky. This is the book that started it all, in a way. Two Plus Two Publishing is the biggest and best publishing company when it comes to poker- and gambling-related literature. This book showcases many strategies and theories that had never been put to paper before. A must-read for any novice to intermediate poker player.

2) Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments volumes I-II by Dan Harrington. The two best books ever written on tournament poker, by "Action Dan" himself. Learn how to play all the different stages of the tournament and how to adjust your play for each blind level. Dan goes into incredible detail with strategies that made him the successful tournament player that he is.

3) Small Stakes Hold 'em by Edward Miller, Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky. This is a book about Limit Hold'em that even a No-Limit player can benefit from. One of the most complete texts ever written for crushing low-stakes Hold'em, this book will teach you the fundamentals to play any game and give you the tools to win.

4) Getting Started in Hold'em by Edward Miller. This beginner book will teach you the fundamental building blocks that any solid game is built on. It is not advanced, but should be the starting point for any new player wanting to learn Texas Hold'em.

5) Sit-and-Go Strategy: Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments by Collin Moshman. This is the best book on sit-and-go play ever written. If you play single-table tournaments, run (or navigate) to the bookstore now and pick this book up. It's guaranteed to increase your ROI and make you a better player not only in sit-and-gos but in multi-table tournaments as well.

Poker Videos

Books are probably the best place to get started with your poker education, but there are also plenty of videos out there on the market too. With poker pros at the helm of many of these videos, they're best for learning certain styles of play along with the strategies pros employ in tournaments and cash games.

If you're looking for some help from Phil Hellmuth, he's got Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Texas Hold'em Tournament Strategies, Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Secrets to Bluffing and Tells, and even a downloadable series called Phil Hellmuth's Ultimate White to Black Belt Poker Course.

Annie Duke, one of poker's top female players, has also been busy producing videos to help players. Her latest, Annie Duke's Beginner's Guide to Texas Hold'em, came out to good reviews. Plus she's also done Annie Duke's Conquering Online Poker and Annie Duke's Advanced Texas Hold'em Secrets: How to Beat the Big Boys.

Not to be outdone by his sister, Howard Lederer has plenty of advice to offer players with his own DVDs. Players can check out Howard Lederer Tells All, Howard Lederer's Secrets to No Limit Hold'em and More Secrets to No Limit Hold'em.

That's just the tip of the iceberg of what's out there for players to read and watch in order to learn the game. Books and videos can be an excellent resource when learning Hold'em for the first time or if, say, you're switching from tournaments to cash.

Poker is a game where if you make the best decisions every single time, you will profit no matter what in the long run. Poker books and videos help you understand what the best decisions are.

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About Daniel Skolovy

Daniel Skolovy started out in the gaming industry as a lowly dealer, spending countless graveyard shifts dealing blackjack, pai gow, carribean stud, baccarat, etc. He quickly became bored dealing games that were so obviously weighted in the house's favor.

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