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u/NoB0ss · 6 pointsr/poker

Hey, welcome to poker! Yeah, this question gets asked a lot but don't worry, we've all been there! Don't listen to all of the grumpy people on this sub, if every poker player was like them, poker wouldn't be as fun as it is. You should definitely know about our FAQ. It's a little hidden but you'll probably find some information relevant to you (if you dig a little there are actually several links to new player guides).

I'll also give you a few tips:

  • Start by making sure you know all the rules. You should also know the hand rankings like the back of your hand. There should be no hesitation as to "what wins, the flush or the straight? 4 of a kind or straight flush? what happens if we both have the same hand?"
  • Play-money poker is a great way to learn and practice those things, but don't expect to learn good strategy from there.
  • Once you're comfortable with the previous steps, you'll probably want to start playing with real money. Start small and be warned, there is a steep learning curve. You should probably try out the different formats. Figure out whether you prefer tournaments or cash games, because you'll want to focus on one or the other in the next step.
  • Now that you're playing real money, it's probably a good idea to learn some strategy. There are tons of resources out there, some free, some very expensive, and some great, some terrible. (so do your research before you spend tons of money on training) Beware of outdated advice. If you prefer tournaments, study tournaments, and if you prefer cash games, study cash games. It's better to be good at one than average at both. You may want to change in the future, don't worry. I used to prefer tournaments as a beginner but I eventually decided I liked cash games better.
  • Live poker is incredibly fun, but the stakes are way higher than online, so it's not a bad idea to play a fair amount online before you sit down in a poker room with hundreds of dollars in front of you. (Or look for / start some home games)

    If you want to learn cash game strategy, here is where I would start:

  • From the Ground Up, a video course that's seriously amazing. It's done wonders for my game. Also comes with one free month of Run it Once Essential, one of the best training sites.
  • If you're more of a book person, The Grinder's Manual is an excellent resource, by Peter Clarke, the same guy who did From the Ground Up. It's also a good companion to the course, but optional. The course is more recent.

    Once you're ready to move beyond that, training sites are the way to go. There are many of them, and a new one pops up every now and then, but Upswing Poker and Run it Once are two currently good (and very popular) ones.

    I won't speak on tournament resources because I honestly don't know what the best ones are. I'm sure with a bit of research you'll find what you need if that's the way you want to go.

    Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, I'm always happy to help out a new player. Good luck on your poker journey!
u/sduncan91 · 2 pointsr/poker

Hi there, I'm in a similar position to yourself as I've only just begun learning poker in the past month and I've had to wrap my head around a lot of jargon. I'm a little different in that I've been focusing on learning live tournament play, but I've read a fair bit on learning the fundamental strategies and rules of the game.

It looks like you've got a few classic poker strategy books in your list that I think many people would consider required reading, which is a great start. However, a lot of those books focus on concepts which may be a little too advanced when you're still figuring out basic lingo and rules. I know it may sound silly, but I would actually suggest reading "Texas Hold'em For Dummies" before moving on to more complex books. I know the "For Dummies" series is unlikely to end up on lists of great poker books, but when I was just learning I found that they actually gave an extremely comprehensive and straightforward overview of the basic elements of the game. If you are unsure of where to begin, then I think that book is a nice uncomplicated way to establish a firm understanding of the basics. I think you'll find it an enjoyable read.

Once you have an understanding of basic strategy, then my absolute favourite poker book is "Every Hand Revealed" by Gus Hansen. This isn't just my favourite poker book, it's one of my favourite books period. If you haven't heard of it, the concept is that celebrity pro Gus Hansen came first place in the Aussie Millions tournament in 2007. During the tournament, he kept a meticulous record of his hands and his reflections on all of his decisions. In "Every Hand Revealed" Gus goes through every one of his hands on the way to winning the tournament (over 300 of them) and explains his thought process and decisions for every hand. It is absolutely fascinating in my opinion, and I think I learned more from this book than any other. I haven't seen any other book that gives a similar insight into the mind of a tournament pro.

Hansen's book also features quite a bit of maths which you might find interesting. It's not too complicated, but he frequently factors in pot-odds and hand-odds into his decisions. I am terrible with maths, but even I found this aspect very interesting and useful.

Having said all that, this book might not give you a lot of direct instruction relevant to you. Gus Hansen is a very unique and aggressive/loose player. If you attempted to actually play like him in an online cash game, you would very likely lose very badly. However, if you can take away some of the basic strategies of this book and adapt it to your own game, I think it will be very helpful.

The reason I'm praising this one book so much in particular is that last night i played in my first ever live tournament. It was my first time playing live and my first time playing for cash. I was by far the least experienced player there and I expected to be put out quite quickly. But I actually won! I played solid poker based on what I'd learned from Hansen's book and adapted it to the situation, and ended up beating a field of significantly more experienced players. I had some lucky hands, but overall I used aggression to maximise my results and played solidly. I attribute that success to this book, as it taught me the how essential aggression is in poker. I won a lot of pots with very weak holdings, purely because this book had taught me that if I wait around for the best hand then I won't last an hour.

Another good book is "Phil Gordon's Little Green Book". I'm reading it now and I find it to be well written and very enjoyable.

As for learning jargon, I think Google is your best friend. Any time you come across a term you haven't heard before, google it and you will find an explanation. Most important is to not become discouraged if the explanations you find seem complicated. Just stick with it and don't move on until you have a firm understanding of this concept. I spent literally 45 minutes reading the same two pages of Gus Hansen's book until I was finally able to fully understand a decision he made. It was a bit gruelling, but once I figured it out the lesson really sunk in.

I encourage you to purchase these books instead of downloading them illegally, but if you don't have the money then feel free to PM me and I will send you a digital copy. But if you can afford it, please support the authors.

u/lol_donkaments · 2 pointsr/poker

This is partially going to be a novel about how I got into poker because of a Royal Caribbean cruise, be warned. :) I was on the Freedom of the Seas during the summer of 2010, and spent a ton of time at the table.

My family had booked a cruise on the FotS during the summer of 2010, when I was 18, so there wasn't too much to do on the boat (can't drink, can't/would feel weird going to "teen" areas). When looking at what the boat had to offer, though, I saw there was a poker table... and I realized I would have something to do besides workout/eat great food/sit in the sun. I had played competitive M:tG for a few years then, and was looking to get into a game that was more socially acceptable (wouldn't have to hide from friends and females). I also knew that several pro M:tG players e.g. David Williams, Jon Finkle, and other lesser-knowns played poker. With nothing more to do on the boat, and coming off the high of winning a 4-person donkament at my friend's house the week before, I decided to dive into the realm of poker. I hadn't read any poker literature at the time besides "only play top 10 hands lolz" articles on poker-listings and other similar sites, but I can still remember a bit of the play that went down.

Anyway, after realizing how "high-stakes" the games were on the boat - 1/2 during the day, 2/5 at night - I quickly realized that I would be out of my element playing in the cash games. I was fine railing though... 500 dollars was equivalent to 10k in my mind. During the day, the table was mostly empty unless you organized a game with the people sitting around the night before. At night though, starting after 9 when the second dinner shift was getting through, the 2/5 game was almost always full. Competition was super, super, super soft. There was a ~50 year-old business man on the cruise with family who I got to know fairly well after sitting at the table so often, and he look at his hole-cards during the hands as I sat there. Details on explicit hands are fuzzy for the most part, but he was playing the standard "2+2 approved" 14/12 style and crushing pretty thoroughly. I remember one hand, where he open raised, went to the flop heads-up, completely missed, but still bet and made the other guy fold. My first exposure to c-betting. Ah, nostalgia. Anyway, real content...

On FotS, they had an electric table. No dealer, no chips. Each player had a touchscreen embedded in the table, with a ~30 inch screen in the middle of the table for the board, pot size, etc. I didn't like it then, and still don't now. It felt too "online-y" to me. Don't get me wrong, I love and most-often prefer online poker, but if it's gonna be live I'd like it to have chips at least. Most people at the table felt the same way. The business man I mentioned earlier said that he had been on one Royal Caribbean cruise per-year with his family over the past 10 years, and that he has never seen an electric table besides on FotS. I'm not sure how standard the electric table is on RC these days, but it's good to know that not every boat has one. If you're on one of the newer boats, though, I'd say chances are higher. Here's the table they had on FotS:

As far as gameplay goes, the game was SUPER soft. There were probably 20 tops "regulars" at the table each night, some more regular than others, but only 3 or 4 of them had any idea what they were doing. Definitely softer than an average casino 2/5 game. I didn't think much of it then, but people were shoving with nothing on flops, playing 60% of their hands, and just generally being huge fish. Lots of middle-aged Asian guys who spewed off money, and a few rich-looking old white guys who would sit down with $500 and mention how they lose every night, but "it's been a great learning experience" because they'd never played poker before. If I had been in the game with my current poker knowledge, I would have been drooling. There was a bald Finnish guy at the table every night who would crush - always leaving with over 1.5k. He paid for his entire family's cruise at the table, which I thought was amazing at the time. Oh, and almost everyone buys in short - only a few guys ever bought in for a full 100bbs. The typical buy-in was around 200.

What kind of poker are you most familiar with? If you're used to playing 100bb deep 1/2, you won't feel out of your element. If bringing a 2.5k bankroll for 2/5 seems too steep, just short-stack it and keep all your commitment decisions on the flop. You really can't go wrong playing 14/12, 90% c-bet, take everyone to value-town on later streets poker. For quick tips, if you haven't read this book before, read it. It's basically the rock that every live 1/2 strategy-profile is built upon: Also, just read a ton of hands on the Live Low-Stakes No Limit section of 2+2. If you play tight and don't get out of line, you should win. The rake is absolutely killer though - 10%, no cap, IIRC - so watch out.

That's all I can recall for now. If you have any more questions feel free to ask! GL and HF on your cruise.

P.S. - I forgot... I only mentioned cash games because they're what I play now, but there are tournaments on the boat as well. Not very many, though. Once a day they ran a 9-handed sit'n'go where the winner would qualify for a championship sit'n'go at the end of the cruise to compete for all the prize money. Besides a $50 sit'n'go the night that you get on the boat, I think those are the only tournaments they spread.

u/redditforgotaboutme · 0 pointsr/poker

This is copied from a post I made a few months back in response to basically the same question.

"I have heard some good things about that book but have yet to read it. Here is a small break down of the books I have an what they offer.

Full Tilt Tournament Edition: By far the most valuable poker book I have ever read. I think all poker players, online and brick n mortar should read this book. Has statistical information for n/l that you will not find in other books. Also has many pro's who give their "style" of play, including actual situations at the table with a Q&A of "what would you do" type of learning. As well as what actually happened and what the correct play would have been. Also has a wonderful and informative section on 7 card stud as well as Omaha (but also covers the full spectrum of games from Razz to triple draw) Seriously, if you even consider for a second on buying a book, buy this one first.

Read em and Reap: If you play ANY live games, and want to get better at reading people then this is the book for you. Yes it may have Phil's mug all over it and filled with his condescending remarks but the information inside from the FBI guy is invaluable IMO. I made twice my money back from what I paid for this book in the first hour of play at the casino, it really was eye opening for me.

Gus Hansen "Every hand revealed": This book nearly destroyed my game. It is a fabulous book if you want to get a glimpse into the mind of a pro and how they think and tackle each play. Gus actually took a recorder to the Australian Million and recorded each play he made, then wrote a book about the whole thing (he won the tourney for a cool mil) Awesome book but just head my warning YOU ARE NOT GUS HANSEN!! After reading his LAG style of play and then implementing portions of that into my own play it nearly wrecked my game. Although I have found my own style which takes some from him, but its all game theory at the end. Good buck, fun read, won't help you much though unless you are a math stat maniac.

Poker odds and Probabilites: This is the bible of statistics. Do you want to know how well your 78o will do against AKs preflop, flop, turn and river? Then this is the book for you. Super math/stat people will love it. It was a little to much math for me, but is a good book to have around when I want to know a specific answer. It also has a workbook in the back that will teach you positive EV poker. If you are serious about becoming a pro, this will help guide you in that direction.

I have also listened to quite a few audio books. Like "Little Green Book" by Phil Gordon. "Ace on the river" by Barry Greenstein. "Play poker like the pros" by Phil Helmuth.

And of course, if you have been living under a rock. Super System by Doyle Brunson is still considered the bible by professional poker players. It is old and pretty outdated but most of the fundamental stuff still works today.

The tough thing about poker books is once they are released everyone knows all the ins and outs. Which is why poker constantly evolves, it is an ever changing game and although it has strict rules, it will never be played the same way twice. An old poker adage: "Their are more scenarios in poker then stars in the sky" or "Poker takes a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master" come to mind. Good luck on your poker readings :)"

u/Tree-eeeze · 3 pointsr/poker

VPIP is too high if you're just starting out online and trying to beat the micros.

You should be able to easily show a profit at those stakes by playing a very straightforward ABC game with VPIP/PFR around 25/20 (or similar). It's almost more important to get in the mindset of avoiding or compounding your losing sessions rather than winning all the time.

At these stakes there's not much benefit to making deceptive plays or bluffing much because the other players aren't paying attention or don't care. They have two cards and wanna see a flop, table dynamics / pot sizes / common sense be damned. You also need to take notes about who are the regulars and who are the fish, and what their tendencies are. Sometimes multi-tabling regs are the easiest to play against because they aren't paying attention and their style is so straightforward (e.g. really high fold to 3bet %, really high fold to steal %).

I'd recommend checking out this book if you're able. It has a wealth of info for succeeding at the micros. It also gives you two different options with respect to opening ranges and style of play - a tight aggressive style opening all pocket pairs and premium hands, or a lag style that opens more hands (like broadways and suited connectors) but puts you in trickier situations post-flop. It also has good info for setting up your HUD and using it effectively.

I'd recommend starting out with the TAG range, playing about 20,000 hands, and constantly reviewing and improving. You should spend significant time looking at past sessions and analyzing your play and your opponents play if you want to be better.

u/ctoph13 · 3 pointsr/poker

Not giving you a lecture on the fundamentals of the game, but a big part of playing NLHE is range estimation. Whether the opponent is an unknown or not, you need to assign him a range based on how the hand played out. He limped preflop (doesn't mean much at this stake in live poker), and raised on that flop. We can assign a pretty standard range- which I did, and make a decision based on that.

If you like playing it safe that's fine, I just think you lose a lot of value by folding here.

There's a book called Let There Be Range! by Cole South and Tri Nguyen, both highly skilled high stakes players, that talk about the concepts of assigning ranges to all opponents, known or unknown. I suggest giving it a read if you can, it may help your game when it comes to range estimation and equity calculations for spots like this.

u/22VPIP20PFR113BET · 2 pointsr/poker

I post a variant on this comment whenever this question gets asked. Still think the Grinders Manual is an amazing place to start even though I'm thinking some of the 3b strategy is a little dated (iirc)


I wrote this guide with my coach. It's a decent place to start, though it is quite long and will take you some time to go through it. I think for beginners the UTG range might be slightly loose as ATo could be better as a fold

Free with KU trial, otherwise 10 bucks

You can download Kindle Unlimited free trial and borrow "The Grinder's Manual", which ends up being free as long as you cancel trial, or else its about 10 bucks a month

heres a link (not affiliate)

More expensive ($10-$100) Training sites

If you have money to spare then one of the best training sites is for beginners as it walks you through a progression from starting hands to post-flop.

If you can't afford Upswing then try Run It Once essential and post in r/poker asking which videos to start with, people are generally pretty helpful

u/JT_Kamp · 2 pointsr/poker

For YouTube content, I'm a fan of Alec Torelli and Doug Polk. They are both charismatic and entertaining with their discussions. Of course there's the (unofficial) World Series of Poker channel with a lot of mirrored videos from the WSOP.

On Netflix there's a few interesting documentaries. If you're a fan of Daniel Negreanu, Kid Poker was a nice watch. Otherwise there's All In, also on Netflix last time I checked.

For entertaining poker reads, I was very impressed with Gus Hansen: Every Hand Revealed. For more serious "step up your game" books, there's a post or three a day about those - just take a look through the history on this sub and I'm sure you'll find some great recommendations.

u/fuzztacular · 5 pointsr/poker

I sent this to a friend who was interested in getting better:



Forums: - look in the strategy section and look at hand breakdowns.

Books: - this is the one I have that you can borrow Anything by Jonathan Little is good

Subscription Sites: * this is almost mandatory in order to beat games today. If you decide to take it seriously I would definitely say this is necessary for studying

Actually playing - getting reps in online

If I were you, no matter what your goals are, I would start playing online at one of the sites, doesn’t really matter which one at the lowest buy ins possible ($2), so you can get lots of hands in and start analyzing your hands. You can save hands and we can discuss them and break them down, or post them on 2+2 so players can review them and help you learn. Your goal shouldn’t be to win money, but to learn ($ amount won’t reflect how well you’re playing until you have a really big sample of hands, like around 100k hands played). You should expect to lose at first.

PokerTracking software: you basically need this if you want to improve. It tracks all your hands/winnings/losses in a database. I use poker tracker and they have a free 1 month trial

WARNING - if you end up really liking poker, don’t let this become you!!!!!!

u/edwurtle · 1 pointr/poker

For tournament play:
Gus Hansen's Every Hand Revealed

I'm a tight-aggresive player who wanted to learn what goes on in the mind of a good maniac tournament player like Gus. I use to blind away to often and rarely built large stacks needed in tournament play. This book changed my perception of tournament play and opened me up to new ideas. The book covers every hand Gus played in an Aussie millions tournament that he won.

For low limit hold'em:
Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play

It's a great guide on how to crush the low-limit no fold'em hold'em game.

u/sutureself8 · 1 pointr/poker

Well, without getting into too much detail, once you get down to 12ish big blinds, you need to start aggressively stealing blinds and going all-in preflop to double up, or else the tournament will pass you by. A good rule of thumb is that once you have bet 10% of your stack, you are "committed" to a hand. Occasionally, if you know your opponents well and you have a suited connector in late position and you just want to see if you hit the flop in any way, you can limp and then push the flop. But generally in tournaments, you never want to be in a situation where you need to double up twice just to get back into the thick of things.

It's all about position. I agree that weak aces are frustrating hands to get when you're short stacked, but if it's folded around to you in late position, you need to go with it.

One nice thing about pushing with 10BB as opposed to 2BB, is that you have a lot of fold equity still. People are pretty much going to call a 2BB raise with almost anything (esp. the big blind), but if you start shoving when you have more money, they are much less likely to call, and the blinds/antes are a huge win for you.

This book is awesome, and although it's not specifically about tournaments, all the concepts apply: BOOK

u/midas22 · 1 pointr/poker

Why should you only play 100bb? It's probably the most difficult stack size to play. That's why casinos use it as a standard and many people tell noobs to play it. It's certainly easier to play 40-50bb or 200bb+ although you have to play your stack size of course.

Read Professional No-Limit Hold 'em if you're interested to read more. It's one of the best cash game poker books ever written in my opinion and it deals extensively in this subject, how you should adjust your bet and raise sizes depending on your (and your opponents) stack size and commitment thresholds.

u/looked182me · 5 pointsr/poker

Pep talk: Better luck next time, fish. Dogecoin is cheap now. Head over to /r/dogecoinbeg if selling plasma doesn't pan out for you.

Resources: Best Book on Poker Ever Written (at first blush it may seem to be about hold'them but just double whatever he says and you got PLO strat ldo)

This is probably the best place for you to tell your story and get real help on shedding your degen past. I honestly just see trolls replying to this /r/poker thread, which won't help you much.

Thanks for the doge,

Looked Eighteen to Me

u/MrCaspan · 0 pointsr/poker

I would start with your HUD start to understand everything in there VPIP, CB, FCB stuff like this teaches you what to look for in a live game reading players, understanding what range and position is. There is no one class that will teach you all of this it has to be learned one piece at a time. Anything on YouTube is normally junk but look up pot equity vs hand equity vs fold equity. All this should give you the basics of poker to get your head above water at least. You can't play poker now a days without understanding this basic stuff or else you'll keep giving your money away or people will read you like a book! Let us know if there is anything specific you want to know. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on here. But read books and books and books. 2+2 has amazing low stakes poker book

Small Stakes Hold'em

this is a great book to start on. It's actually tells you real information that's helpful

u/smellycow · 5 pointsr/poker

If you're serious about limit play, besides what has already been mentioned (which are great), give these two a read:

Small Stakes Hold 'em (partly authored by Sklansky) and

Texas Hold 'em for advanced players

Both awesome reads, and give you a lot of math and feel for the game. They are more geared towards limit, but the concepts you learn, like pot odds, etc., apply to other games as well. Good luck at the tables!

u/Fossana · 1 pointr/poker

In addition to good bankroll management, read The Mental Game of Poker. If you're playing stakes outside of your bankroll now and playing hyper turbos when you normally don't, this will happen again even after you get better at the game and build up your bankroll. I also think The Mathematics of Poker won't help you much. I've read it and basically applied none of it to my game so far. I'd read something like Ryan Fee's 6 Max Guide, Verneer's Moving through the Micros, Easy Game, or The Grinder's Manual which came out last April and is very good.

u/walterspleen · 6 pointsr/poker

Poker is a fun hobby, and it becomes more fun the more you learn. Don't listen to these guys trying to discourage you from playing live. Have realistic expectations: don't expect to make a lot of money, remember that you'll only cash some of the time, and do not gamble with money that you can't afford to lose.

For these kind of small stakes live tournaments I think Harrington on Hold 'em will give you a basic understanding of tournament play that should give you an edge on the field. Good luck!

u/PokerHawk · 3 pointsr/poker

Read anything written by Ed Miller.
Here's a good one to buy.
Hunter Cichy does a good job making videos using Flopzilla.
Here's one example.
For $16/month you can subscribe to Both these guys do coaching videos here along with other pros. It's well worth the money.
If you're still a beginner, you can subscribe to James "Splitsuit" Sweeney's YouTube channel: The Poker Bank. He teaches a lot of good basics geared towards newer players.
I've got more resources too if you're interested beyond this stuff.

u/ehr0c · 2 pointsr/poker

If you're playing micro cash, check out The Poker Blueprint. Harrington is great for tourneys/SNGs but TBP is a very good micro cash game book. Also definitely read Sklansky if you haven't already.

If you're playing sit 'n go's, check out Sit 'n Go Strategy by Collin Moshman. A lot of what he discusses is in relation to high-stakes SNGs but several of the concepts are applicable to the micros.

u/travisjd2012 · 3 pointsr/poker

I'll help you out, what you're explaining here is the wrong way to look at a cash game. Start with a book.

Once you have the vocabulary down, you can start to rely on Google to go out and research situations yourself (usually on the 2+2 forums) or post your hands here using the proper terminology and listing all the proper context needed (stack size of opponents, your position, their style of play so far established, the actions of other players before you, the size of the pot so far, etc. etc.) However, without that vocabulary and knowledge of what you should have been considering it's very difficult to do this. Don't look at the other players at 1/3 as inspiration. They would likely move up if they were great players.

Poker is a complex game with literally billions of possible situations that you need decide correctly a good majority of the time to become a winning player. The reason people are questioning if you are trolling or not is that the question of "is there a better way to play" and "what may I be missing" is like telling a lifetime speaker of Japanese that you've watched a couple of anime movies and just wondering if you're missing anything else. While your intentions may be sincere you're up against a legitimate lifetime of possible learning about this game. The beginning player comes in wanting to learn "how to win at poker" but an actual student of this game realizes that's the wrong path, you need to learn how to think about poker before you'll ever learn to win any money at it.

u/redAppleCore · 1 pointr/poker

> I have been playing online every night for about 2-3 hrs playing very low stake tables .02/.04. Does this hurt or helps my skill level overall.


There are a lot of good books, I'd recommend this one if you'll be playing much online -

u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/poker

This looks good for a first book: Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play.

This one is very basic and an easy read... Phil Gordon's Little Green Book

Try to get a book written the last 10 years, if not 4-5 years :p

u/nathan301 · 10 pointsr/poker

If you're looking to play cash then I highly recommend The Grinder's Manual. Does an excellent job of covering the default strategy of most situations you will encounter and explaining when to deviate from those defaults.

u/nextinlin3 · 4 pointsr/poker

Hand ranges. You aren't understanding the book then if you are thinking about ranges. Just read the book, and try to apply what you have learned. Also, jumping around in that book helped me out a lot. I would then go play and reflect on what I read.



Heres one of them and I can't seem to find another very useful one I had a while back.

u/Evstar · 1 pointr/poker

Buy/Torrent and then read these 3 books. They'll give you a pretty fantastic grounding of cash game strategy. (read this first, however it's not strictly a NL Hold Em book, it's just important to read)

u/chabuduo1 · 4 pointsr/poker

you're kind of asking how to play poker, which is a tough question to answer.

I would recommend reading a book on it. Small Stakes No-Limit Holdem by Ed Miller (and others) is a great place to start.

u/smirtch · 1 pointr/poker

Small Stakes Hold'em is the book you're looking for. I have won thousands in live play using these at small 2/4 to 6/12 tables... It's amazing how well their strategies work being that no-limit is illegal here in minnesota.

u/fopkins · 1 pointr/poker

These are two of the best books you can buy. You can find them both on several torrent sites if you don't want to pay. (I definitely wouldn't pay for SSNLH, $100 is fleecing the market.)

u/c-fox · 0 pointsr/poker

For an entertaining read and some aggressive tips I would recommend "Every Hand Revealed" by Gus Hanson.

u/zorkmids · 7 pointsr/poker

I like Sit 'n Go Strategy by Colin Moshman. Great for online sit-and-gos and tournament-style home games.

u/Inhabitant · 1 pointr/poker

For online games my favourite is definitely "Harrington on Online Cash Games; 6-Max No-Limit Hold 'em". Brilliant book, and as up-to-date as you can get.

u/dumbschmuck · 2 pointsr/poker

Dan Harrington's "Harrington on Hold'em" Vol 1 & 2. Don't bother with Vol 3.
These are written about multi-table tournaments, with Vol 1 about the early stages, and Vol 2 about endgame (final table). Volume 2 is also very helpful for sit-n-go's, which are essentially final tables.
Volume 3 is a waste because it's basically a bunch of tests instead of new info. I think the first 2 were so successful that he knew he could make a good buck on anything new with the same title.
I hesitate to even spread the word more about these books because they are so good, and who needs better competition?

u/aeoncs · 3 pointsr/poker

Pretty much the go to definitive source for what you’re asking.

Has a new book out as well, someone else may be able to comment on that one.

u/kyle_knightmare · 11 pointsr/poker

Come on my man. You made it this far into the internet, surely you can type grinders manual into google and see what comes up.

However this time I'll do you a favor since I can't get on your case then NOT help you.

u/bmk_ · 6 pointsr/poker

Analytical No-Limit Hold ’em; Crushing Mid-Stakes Short-Handed Games

Professional No Limit Hold'em Volume 1 Sunny Mehta, Ed Miller

Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em (this is probably the best for you)

Don't bother with let there be range, most consider it an extremely overpriced/unorganized book.

u/spentrent · 2 pointsr/poker

Add to your poker library if you haven't already. No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice is a fantastic addition.

u/boogsies · 2 pointsr/poker

Starting hands should be similar.

Major difference between no limit and limit is you will get a lot more people in the pot in limit to the flop and beyond, thus your pre-flop strength has less value over all. You can also call a little bit looser in position with a wider range of hands if you have the right odds. If you are interested in grinding limit, this is pretty much the bible on low stakes limit poker:

I followed that book concerning odds and such and have been playing for a living since.

There is also a difference in that you can push more people off drawing hands in no-limit by large bets, and you can't really do that in limit. I also find that in general, you can't bluff nearly as much either, because depending on the table, you almost always get called to the river by at least one person.

u/p014k · 1 pointr/poker

My favorite one is Phil Gordon's Little Green Book and his sequel, Little Blue Book.

u/chopthis · 2 pointsr/poker

I would recommend these books:

u/drstock · 3 pointsr/poker

SitNGo Wizard

I would also recommend the Sit 'n Go Strategy book by Collin Moshman.

u/shootznskores · 1 pointr/poker

Oh I see. Well you can read Kill Everyone [here] ( which is a pretty good/short read. If you're set on a physical book then HoH is a good choice.

u/NH4Me2PoopOn · 2 pointsr/poker

You should read this instead imo.

u/RDMXGD · 1 pointr/poker might prove a useful first step to getting your head screwed on right.

u/Csusmatt · 1 pointr/poker

TAG I guess. Read small stakes holdem it'll pay for itself a hundred times over if you apply what you learn.

u/postscarcity · 1 pointr/poker

if you want a good read on the subject, try this book. You're a sucker if you pay for it though.

u/professa_d · 1 pointr/poker

No Limit Hold Em: Theory and Practice by Ed Miller and David Sklansky.

u/taniwhanz · 4 pointsr/poker

Colin Moshmons 'Sit 'n Go Strategy' helped me in the beginning. Lee Nelson and Tyson Strieb's 'Kill Everyone' is also very good.

u/RampLeViews · 1 pointr/poker

Applications of No-Limit Hold'em Matthew Janda was best poker book i've read. His newer one has slightly more info about solver work, but honestly still is slightly outdated just like every other poker book. It's not that all books have BAD info its just obviously not the most advanced concepts/approach to poker problems, which everyone is still learning and developing from solver work. This book laid out what it is to be "GTO" unlike any other book before tho

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u/unclonedd3 · 1 pointr/poker

Books can only become outdated if you assume that your opponents are reading the same books, understanding what is taught, believe that you are following the same strategy, and can adjust to beat that strategy. That is of course bullshit at all levels.

My recommendation is