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Texas Holdem Strategy: Books

Holdem can involve tactics and strategies which bring more questions than answers to for new players. Poker strategy books can can be one way to get those questions answered.  The following are some of the best poker books you can invest in for no limit strategy (for example pot odds), limit strategy, and tournament strategy.  

Top 3 No-Limit Holdem Books

#3 Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em by Ed Miller

Small Stakes Small Stakes is a great text for players who are looking to step out of the novice ranks.  While giving you the skills to beat the low stakes games, Ed Miller won't talk over your head.  Towards the end of the book he will plant some advanced ideas for moving beyond the low stakes.

Rating: 6/10 

 #2 Harrington on Cash Games volume 1 and 2 by Dan Harrington

Harrington on Cash GamesDan Harrington, the 1995 WSOP Champion, has explained the basic no limit Texas holdem strategy.  The text can seem intimidating at first, but with enough experience and re-reading it will become easy to incorporate in your game. The main complaint about this book is that it is broken down into 2 volumes, neither of which do much alone. Volume 1 discusses pre-flop and flop play, while volume 2 talks of turn and river play.

Rating 8/10

#1 Harrington on Online Cash Games by Dan Harrington

Online Cash GamesOne of Dan Harrington's best works explaining the online world to new players. Harrington on Online Cash Games is advertised as a 6-max guide, but the information on playing styles and HUD constructions can be used in all game types. This is the only Dan Harrington book that is not broken down into volumes, increasing the value of the book.

Rating 10/10


 Top 3 Fixed Limit Holdem Books

#3 Real Poker II: The Play of Hands by Roy Cooke

Real Poker IIRoy Cooke has been writing poker strategy articles for over 20 years. This text is broken down into hands he has played and the thought process throughout the hand.  This serves well making each "chapter" a few pages for people who want some quick Texas holdem tips.  

Rating: 7/10

 #2 Small Stakes Hold'em by Ed Miller

Small StakesSmall Stakes Hold'em is written for players who have played for a while and are looking to improve.  The book is heavily orientated on math which could be a problem for newer players. The book is intended for players in games that are filled with loose/passive players. This should be a book most players at $5/$10 limits can use to move up with. 

Rating: 8/10

#1 Winning in Tough Holdem Games by Nick Grudzien

winning in tough gamesCovering some of the most advanced topics from the short-handed and high stakes limit holdem games.  Aimed at players who are looking for advanced Texas holdem strategy, Grudzien explains topics that can be applied to all the levels. A must-have for anyone serious about limit holdem.

Rating 9.5/10

 Top 3 Tournament Holdem Books

#3 Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time Volume 1, 2, and 3 by Eric Lynch

winning poker one hand at a timeA very well organized book, Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time can almost be read as four books in one. Different top level online tournament pros have written a section on how they feel the game is best approached. This allows new players to try out different styles to see which one is for them.

Rating: 8/10

 #2 Sit 'n Go Strategy by Collin Moshman

Sit 'n Go StrategySit 'n Go Strategy has been one of the rare poker books that has stood the test of time.  Primarily a book on single-table tournaments, most of what is learned can be applied to final tables of multi-table tournaments. A great pick for someone looking for simple Texas holdem strategy tips.

Rating 9/10

#1 Harrington on Holdem volume 1 and 2 by Dan Harrington

Harrington on HoldemDan Harrington's first collection on Texas holdem tournament strategy is still the standard most books are held to.  Harrington discusses a wide range of topics in volume 1 including: hand selection, table images, and more.  Volume 2 covers the late stages of a tournament and M-Zone situations.  Like his other books, the 2 volumes need to be bought together which can get pricey.

Rating 9.5/10

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