The list author says: "This list is a mix of the absolute best poker books out there, including the top strategy books for beginners (Harrington's 5-book series) as well as my favorite recommendations for avid poker enthusiasts seeking to increase their profitability.
There's also something for advanced poker philosophers in the form of Greenstein's autobiography, as well as my personal favorite when it comes to non-poker books that relate to poker: the Wall Street bestseller Fooled By Randomness.
I have been profitable at online poker for over 6 years. I started with just $250 of my own money in 2005 and am now a regular player at the $10-$20 ($2,000 buy-in) and $25-$50 ($5,000 buy-in) No Limit Texas Hold 'Em online cash game tables, as well as the biggest buy-in online and live tournaments. I have read every book on this list and can vouch for each book being a useful tool for aspiring profitable poker players.
Be warned: There are a lot of bad poker books out there that are a waste of time and aren't worth the money. I read many books during the 2-3 year period when I transitioned from a poker beginner/enthusiast to professional longterm winner, but only these 10 (5 of them are part of the same series) made my list.
The first books I read that really pushed me over the hill from randomly clicking buttons at the poker tables to well thought out profitable decision making were Harrington's Volume I and II for tournament play. The cash game volumes, along with Hansen and Negreanu's books came out a few years later and may be more up-to-date, but I would still recommend starting with the tournament series.
I credit all 10 of these books with helping me develop into the professional poker player I am today, and remembering how much they helped me is a big part of why I run a written free-to-subscribe poker training website."
"Gus Hansen documents every hand of the Australian Poker Championships he won for a $1.5m first place prize.
Although he has his doubters, Hansen has been at the top level of the highest stakes cash games and tournaments for over 5 years. The book is a great peak into the mind of one of the game's most successful players."
"Great tournament-specific book for beginners. Harrington's meticulous analytical breakdowns that scrutinize every decision and the thought process behind it throughout a hand of poker is very useful for aspiring tournament poker players. It is important for poker players to get inside their opponents head during a hand and this book is a great way to do it."
"The follow-up to Harringtons first volume. Specifically, this book focuses more on the latter stages of tournament play--the final few tables. A lot of poker players do OK in the beginning of tournaments but then run out of ideas, time and chips when the antes start getting big. This volume is even more important for tournament play than the first, in my opinion."
"Cash games are my preferred form of poker, and this is a great way to dissect some real-money online poker hands and the thought processes behind each action--before you jump into the deep end yourself."
"As I mentioned in the tournament comments, the best thing about these books is the intricate details of every hand. Thinking the RIGHT way during decisions is the key to profit in the long term in poker."
"This is the most advanced book of the Harrington series, and it covers a form of poker that amateurs shouldn't play (if they're looking to profit) until they have a lot of experience at the tables. That said, if you're a poker enthusiast who's already experienced at low stakes cash games (for example, up to 1/2 NL) and looking to improve further, this is a good book for you."
"A good tool to accompany the first two books, worth picking up used at least in order to work through some hands when you've got a minute of downtime on the bus or train, before class, or perhaps on the john."