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Top 22 Best Poker Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Poker books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best poker books" and study the top 6 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 3
  2. 5

    Elements of Poker

    Tommy Angelo

  3. 7
  4. 9
  5. 11
  6. 12

    Ace on the River

    Barry Greenstein

  8. 16

    Super Systems 2

    Doyle Brunson

  9. 19

    Reading Poker Tells

    Zachary Elwood

  10. 20

    Sit 'n Go Strategy

    Collin Moshman


  • How did you make this list of top poker books?

    We researched the best books lists for poker and averaged their answers for each book pick. We show all our sources above each "View on Amazon" button.

  • What is the best poker book?

    According to our research, the best book is "Harrington on Hold'em" by Daniel Harrington. It got the most good recommendations out of all these popular poker books, and in terms of review it also won.

  • What is the best online poker book?

    According to our research, it's "Moorman's Book of Poker" by Chris Moorman. Though it's #22 on our list, the author is known as the most successful online poker player in history (though if we missed a better book please let us know).

  • Is poker a 100% skill?

    This might be controversial, but we think it is. Though poker has elements of luck, the top players at the end of tournaments are always the same. So it has to be about skill far more than luck.

  • Will reading these best books make me a good poker player?

    If you read them all? We're sure of it! Obviously you'll have to practice the lessons, adjust what you learn, etc etc... And obviously most people won't read all these books. But if you do? It's hard to imagine you not becoming a good player.

  • Will reading these make me a professional poker player?

    I mean we can't say no. And we can't say yes. It depends on you. We're sure professional players have read several of these books, but we doubt that's all it takes for anyone to become a pro player. We're sure it'll help you become good, but pro? Super hard to say...

  • What are some other top poker tools/ best resources for poker?

    Keep in mind this is personal and coming from beginners who are barely good, but YouTube is (to us) a great poker resource... and it's free! We love watching the best poker players against each other (with commentary so we understand everything happening).

  • Why should I learn poker/ read books about poker?

    We believe poker offers a lot. For example it teaches you useful topics like how to calculate odds and deal with uncertainty. In fact, we know a few of the successful people on our site had an interest in Poker (e.g. Bill Gates and Carl Icahn). Poker rules!

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