Life Shouldn't Be A Fuckin' Grind

I will never be a poker pro, but my lifetime poker ledger is positive and I think that's something to be proud of.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Books to take me to the next level

In order to take the next step in Poker, books are a tremendous tool. For instance, without Sklanksy's Small Stakes Hold'em, I wouldn't be winning at online low-limit games. I believe that the following books can help me get to the next level in my quest to reach professional status one day.

Harrington on Hold'em Vols. I & II, by Dan Harrington: I need to get these books and study them in order to help myself become successful at NL, multi-table tournaments. From what I've read, harrington's books are a tremendous tool in understanding NL tournament strategy. I started out in poker playing small NL freezeouts and I feel that I've done quite well at them. I think I'm winning player, though I haven't kept records, so I can't confirm that. However, I've yet to beat a large MTT and I think these books can help me get to that next level.

Hold'em for Advanced Players, by David Sklansky: Having already read Sklansky's Small Stakes Hold'em, I know what an invaluable tool his books can be for aiding success at limit hold'em. As I move up in levels and the quality of play improves, the principles in SSHE will become less meaningful, therefore I believe I can only benefit from reading a book on more advanced topics and more advanced games.

Theory of Poker, by David Sklansky: I've looked at this book a couple of times and while I don't know that anything in it will be directly applicable to the games I'm playing or guide me in what hands to play and how to play them, I do think that it can enhance my overall understanding of the game, something that I will definitely benefit from in the long run.

Super System or Super System 2, Doyle Brunson: I will save this for when I start delving a little more into non-hold'em poker games. Something that I plan to wait awhile for. At least until I feel that I've mastered hold'em well enough that I'm ready to branch out more. Ideally I'd like to be very good at just about ever variation of poker, and while I don't think that any game can ever be fully mastered, I want to feel like I have an excellent grasp of limit and NL Hold'em before I move on to other games.

Caro's Book of Poker Tells, Mike Caro: I may buy this book at some point when I start playing a lot of live poker and feel that I'm ready to move from the cards, the math and betting structures, to trying to read the players directly. This is likely a ways off, probably a year or two. Though, I may want to pick it up before my next casino trip.

By writing down this list and writing a reason for why I want each book, I think I can help myself to remember what books I want to get and to solidify a reason for buying them. I think I will probably do this before buying any poker books in the future. If I know why I'm buying it before I get it, I won't just be wasting money on any and every poker book that looks like it may be helpful. I want to read and study this game, but I want to do it with the right books and an economy of time.


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