Poker Resources

Poker Resources

Below we list educational material for Texas Hold Em poker

There really is no better way to become a winner than to read a good quality book or two. This list will continue to grow, so don't forget to check back! If you have any suggestion regarding which resources you'd like us to add use the Contact Us page to let us know.
 

Internet Texas Holdem: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro, Matthew Hilger

Matthew Hilger started his career in a conventional manor, working in the Pharmaceutical sector for several years. He began playing live poker as a profitable hobby. After being relocated to a country that did not offer the live game at the time (Argentina) he decided to pursue is hobby online. After becoming disillusioned wih the 'regular' office job he decided to quit, move to New Zealand and become a full time internet pro. Focusing on ring games this book is choc-full of practical tips and advice on practically all hands and situations you will come across playing online. A comprehensive overview of Texas Holdem is presented including general concepts such as probability and odds, bluffing, rasising, check-raising togethor with more advanced concepts such as the free card, slow-playing and inducing bluffs and calls. Hilger also presents correct strategies for starting hand play as well as playing on the flop, turn and river. Uniquely this book also highlights crucial strategical differences between internet and live play, including an excellent chapter on online 'tells'. At the end of each chapter is a 'chapter summary' and a section "Test your skills" where you can examine the new skills you have learnt with actual hands from the internet. Chapters include: Introduction, About this book, The skill of poker, Introduction to internet poker, Poker Concepts, Starting Hands, The Flop, The Turn, The River, Playing your opponent, Bankroll management, More on internet poker, Glossary, and About the author.
 

ThePokerProf exclusive: Receive a free copy of this book (RRP $29.95) when completing Phase 1 of our free poker school. For more information check our free Poker School section. Getting Started in Hold 'Em, Ed Miller
 

Ed Miller, who wrote Small Stakes Hold 'em: Winning Big With Expert Play, has come up with another great book titled Getting Started in Hold 'em This new book consists of five major sections. Each section is well-illustrated and gives sample hands to emphasize key points. Primarily a mid-and-low-limit player, the very talented author mainly focuses his efforts on the limit and no-limit game while adding an excllent section on tournament play. Miller starts by explaining the types of poker hands, he then moves to betting structures, common limit structures, and how to learn to quickly and accurately read the board. Novice players frequently make mistakes when under stress and often, when it comes to the nuts, their minds go blank. Miller gives a quick lesson on how to make money in this situation, "…so you don't stop raising a guaranteed winner." In a following chapter he also emphasizes the importance of understanding hand strength. "In hold 'em, a hand's strength isn't determined by its type (that is, full house, straight, etc.), but by how many hands could beat it." Miller, a truly brilliant teacher, understands the beginner's worries and potential for make mistakes. He instructs while placing the reader in the big blind, small blind, on the button, two off the button, middle position and early position. Midway through the book (page 98) he helps you put it all together. That's where some of his best advice comes when he teaches the raeder about control. "While you have no control over the hands you are dealt, you do have total control over the hands you play. You control your betting decisions, and you control your betting behavior." The No-Limit Hold 'em section begins on page 114. Here, Miller discusses stack size and helps the reader understand its importance. He also discusses when it is right to play tight, how to play against raisers, sizing your first raise, when you get re-raised and how to play the flop. A smaller section follows with instruction on playing with a large stack while understanding implied odds. One section examines tournaments. Many novices will enter tournaments without having any understanding of the adjustmenst needed to become a succesful tournament player. He presents in a logical manner helping the beginner to an understand how a tourney works, how long it takes, understanding prize structure, the different types of tournaments encountered and how satellites operate. Miller's discussion of tournament psychology and multi-table tournament advice is strong, well-organized material. Overall this book should help improve every novice's game.
 

Winning Low Limit Hold 'Em, Lee Jones

Since its first publication in 1994, Winning Low-Limit Hold'em, by Lee Jones, has become a major reference on playing Texas Hold'em at lower limits. However, poker has changed significantly over recent years and Lee has continued to study the game. The result is this revised and expanded second edition. This book won't make you a winner in $10-$20 games, but has solid advice for most games below that. The amazing truth about this book is that loose low-limit players will play the same way (ie, lots of reckless raises and/or dumb calls) against an opponent using the strategeies outlined in the book AGAIN AND AGAIN. If you study the book carefully (especially the starting hand requirements), this book alone is enough to make you a consistent winner at low limits. Raising, bluffing, free cards, and the like are described better elsewhere; however, for the novice or occasional player this book is a must read. You'll save the price of the book in now time in what you don't lose at the poker tables!
 

Hold 'Em Poker for Advanced Players, David Sklansky & Mason Malmuth

Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players has probably been one of the most influential poker books ever written and has literally changed how people play this game. This book has, in large part, set the standard by which other poker books have been judged. This much expanded new edition for the 21st century has now been released. The book begins with several short preliminary sections, including a Forward by expert player Ray Zee, the Introduction, and a section called "Using This Book". The reader is warned immediately that this book should not be read casually. It is intended as a text book on Texas Hold'em and will need to be studied as a text, not read as one would a novel, if the reader is to get the maximum benefit of the information within. After the preliminary sections the authers discuss pre-flop play, provding an extremely valuable hand ranking table. The second section covers a variety of important concepts about which the Hold'em player must be aware, including Semi-Bluffing, Slow Playing, the Check Raise, Inducing Bluffs, and more. The third section covers topics, including playing when a flush draw flops, playing junk hands, playing against a maniac, etc. Sections four through six cover playing in all sorts of non-standard games, and this is the area where the book has been most greatly expanded since its original printing. The reader learns about playing in loose games, including so-called "No Fold'em" games, playing short handed, and playing in various other unusual circumstances. Part seven includes commentary on other skills the successful Hold'em player will need to possess, such as reading hands and applying psychology. Finally, the last section, Questions and Answers, provides a quiz covering much of the material presented in earlier chapters so the reader can test themselves to see whether they've understood what the authors were trying to tell them. This book is a classic and a must read, if for no other reason than you can bet the majority of your tougher oponents will have read it!

PokerTracker

Most major online card rooms now offer the option of keeping hand histories stored on your computer for periods ranging upward from a month, allowing you to go back over your play and analyze it at your leisure. When it comes to this analysis, nothing else compares to using Poker Tracker from PJI, Inc. Poker Tracker is a robust package of tools that can be configured to work with a wide range of sites. The first step to using the program is to import hand history files. There are two ways to do this: Poker Tracker can import some history files directly off your hard drive as you play, and for sites that can't be imported directly you can manually import them from hand history files you request by e-mail from the site. Hold'em ring games and tournaments played at Party Poker and its affiliates, Poker Stars, Ultimate Bet, and Pacific Poker can be imported into Poker Tracker for later analysis, while hold'em ring game histories from 41 other sites are currently supported. Once you've imported your history files and are ready to analyze your play, Poker Tracker offers a stunning array of options for breaking down your play. On the most basic level you can view how loose or tight you've been playing, monitor how aggressive you've been with your raises, and keep track of how much money you've won. All of this information can also be broken down by individual session, allowing you to pinpoint times when you've played particularly well or made big mistakes that cost you money. You can delve further into the information by analyzing your play by position. Do you try to steal too often, or fold your blinds to small raises too much? It's easy to find these sorts of weaknesses when you analyze your positional statistics. You can even track how often you hit different poker hands and how often they hold up, giving you a wider knowledge of how the game works if you're just getting started with poker. If you have a question about any facet of your game, Poker Tracker can help you answer it. One of the most useful functions of Poker Tracker is its ability to track your opponents' play and auto-rate them based on their statistics. Every player who ever sits at your table will end up in your Poker Tracker database, with all the same information available to you that you have on your own play – and when you set it up to do so, Poker Tracker will identify the maniacs, the calling stations, the rocks, and the outright fish for you. Then, in conjunction with free third-party programs such as GameTime+ or PokerAce HUD, you can overlay your opponents' statistics and ratings on the poker site software to give you real-time updates on the table situation as you play. There's probably no better tool available for maximizing your online poker profits than combining the auto-rate function of Poker Tracker with the third-party overlay programs. A fully functional demo of Poker Tracker, which will allow you to import 1000 hands and test out every feature of the program to your heart's content, is available for download on the product's web site. If you decide that the program is useful enough to you, the registration fee to unlock Poker Tracker is only $55.00 – less than one full buy-in at a $2/4 limit hold'em game. If that seems high to you, keep in mind that Poker Tracker is the sort of tool that will pay for itself within a few weeks if it allows you to eliminate even one hole in your game. Also worth noting is that the product is continually being updated to keep pace with new features and upgrades at your favorite poker sites, and every single update that's been provided since the first version of Poker Tracker has been free to registered users. So, buying not only will Poker Tracker help you start fixing leaks in your bankroll, but it will continue to help you do so as your bankroll grows larger without costing you anything more than your initial investment. That's the sort of deal that just gets better as time goes by.

Lou Kreiger: Holdem Excellence

Lou Kreiger started learning the game of Texas Holdem at the tender age of 7! Kreiger writes in a clear, understandable manner explaining much of what you will need to know to become a profitable poker player. However, I feel this book is more suited to the intermediate player, the book does not define a winning 'system', but rather introduces concepts and ideas aimed at getting the reader to think about the game in a new (and improved) way. Chapters include: Introduction, Public poker, The game of texas holdem, Essential strategic considerations, The first two cards: play before the flop, Power ratings, Playing the blinds, playing big slick, Playing the flop, The turn, The river, Raising, Analysis at the table, But they were suited, How to play jackpot games, Starting standards, All about money management, A wholly unremarkable hand, Big hands and big payoffs, Mystery chips, Instant Excellence, poker mastery in minutes, Cards and cultures, The desperate hours, Computers and Holdem, Are you ready to play professionally, The thinnest of lines, For the record, How lessons from poker apply to everyday life, Where do you go from here.

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