The list author says: "There are a million poker books out there, and I've read 'em all. I'm the guy people always ask for recommendations, so here they are: The top ten books, strategy or otherwise, about poker."
"1. This is it, the absolute best poker book on the market. It is not for beginners. It is so in-depth and all-inclusive with regard to real-game scenarios in the middle limits that any serious player needs to wear out the binding on his copy. The character limit on reviews in lists prohibits me from even beginning to explain all the wonderful aspects of this book."
"2. A relatively new book, this gem by Ed Miller is the best introduction on the market for new players and the perfect refresher for a solid player looking to fill holes in his game or cure a slump. Miller doesn't dumb it down for his audience and doesn't ask his readers to take his word for anything; he provides clear and concise explanations for his every bit of advice on limit hold'em."
"3. The poker narrative to which other poker authors aspire, Alvarez's masterpiece so splendidly captures the scene in downtown Las Vegas in the early 1980s that it's easy to forget it's just a book. Alvarez vividly recreates the scenes he saw and recalls the interactions he had with characters from poker professionals to a dealer suffering through life after a second sex change operation."
"4. Greenstein's book isn't really a strategy book and isn't really a narrative. It's more of a how-to-think and how-to-act guide for wannabes, a look into the real-life side of poker the cameras of ESPN and the Travel Channel can't capture. This book also features beautiful, large, full-color photographs of scenes and people from the poker world."
"5. Another relatively new book, Miller and Sklansky capture well the strategy changes necessary for lower-limit play. The gambles required to succeed in smaller stakes games with high rakes are quite different from the gambles necessary in other games, and the winning strategies presented in this book are not intuitive."
"6. Jim McManus's poker tome is a far heavier read than most of the books on this list. It's a narrative, about Jim's experience in the 2000 WSOP main event and the murder of Teddy Binion, and those parts of the book are a lot of fun to read. Less fun are the slow-moving parts about Jim's family history. Overall a definite must-read, and a great peek at poker just before it became mainstream."
"7. Another excellent poker book, Sklansky's magnum opus is all about the math behind all poker games. It's excellent background reading for analytical players, but it's not really necessary to read this book to win at poker. The advantage to it is that it's sort of a "How Things Work" peek into the mechanics of the game, necessary for taking one's game to the next level."
"8. This, along with Volumes II and III, is the best book on tournament poker on the market. As with the top book on this list, Middle Limit Holdem Poker, Harrington teaches by example, with complex hypotheticals and detailed analyses. The best way to learn may be from one's own mistakes, but in poker mistakes are very costly. Harrington's books allow readers to make poker mistakes for free."
"9. Hot off the press, Joe Navarro's new poker book has instantly replaced Caro's Book of Tells as the best source on the market for strategies to read an opponent. Navarro, an FBI agent whose specialty is deciphering body language, expertly advises his readers on how to ply the tricks of his trade in often surprising ways. Example? The most reliable source of tells is an opponentÂ’s feet."
"10. Phil Gordon's touristy-looking Little Green Book is surprisingly full of very solid advice on no-limit hold'em. Gordon qualifies his aggressive strategy and makes it relatively simple to follow his extremely useful tips in trapping opponents, adjusting for tournament strategy, reading tells, and so on. Don't judge this book by its cover: It's good stuff."