Thursday, October 16, 2008

5 Must-Have Books For Tournament Poker Players

Here are the books you need to have in your library to improve your game and win poker tournaments.

1. Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play by Dan Harrington
Dan Harrington wrote this breakthrough tournament book a few years ago and it's still an essential read. This first volume tends to deal with situations early in an event when blinds are small and chip stacks are high. It provides a sound approach to tournament strategy.

2. Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame by Dan Harrington
After you read Volume I, you will want to get Volume as it talks about how to play after the early stages of an event. Here you will learn about inflection points and the mighty M, so you can calculate when to move all-in It is a reasoned approach to poker tournaments.

3. Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen
This is a winning book written by arguably the best no limit tournament player. In this book, Gus analyzes every hand he plays on his way to winning a major tournament--the Aussie Millions in 2007. It is insightful, smart and eye-opening to read how a champion thinks through every decision.
To get an understanding of Gus' strategic approach to the game, I analyzed his plays and wrote articles on how Gus plays at both the early and middle stages of an event. The articles are on my blog

4. Making the Final Table (World Poker Tour) by Erick Lindgren
This is a book that has never received the accolades it deserves. Erick is another big winner and he gives you great advice by revealing how he approaches the game. His approach is not about cashing, it's about winning.

Of course, the #5 book is my book Tournament Poker: 101 Winning Moves. You can get 10 free moves and five free tips from my poker reference book at my website Best Tournament Poker Book.

Good luck. I hope this helps!

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