Originally Posted by GDRileyx
I read Power Hold 'Em Strategy. It's a big book, most of it written by other players. There is a section on beginner tournament strategy, another on limit, another on Omaha, etc. The sectioin on deceptive play by David Williams is just a bunch of examples, nothing really useful.
The last section in the book is Negreanu's section on his Small Ball System. I suggest reading it, because every time you see somebody betting 2.5 times the pot preflop, you'll know they are playing Small Ball and know what to expect. I'd suggest trying to get it from the library rather than buying it though. It's not the kind of book, like Brunson's or Sklansky's, that you will want to read over and over and study.
A couple things I want to correct/comment on. First, there's no Omaha chapter (that would have been nice, but then it wouldn't necessarily be Power Hold'em Strategy
And I'd have to disagree about William's chapter. I think it's one of the stronger chapters for two reasons: 1) Daniel's chapter only applies to tournaments with good structures (of which there are very few, live or online) and some cash games while Lindgren's chapter is mostly vague andoutdated, Brunson's chapter is unlikely to apply to many people, and Ng's chapter is unlikely to help anyone but Wasicka's chapter is widely applicable with some good advice; and 2) It provides many insights about playing against a wide range of opponents, styles, and recognizing your own image among other things.
(Basically, 1) above sums up to other chapters having a smaller focus audience.)
Next, it's probably not a good idea to assume everyone raising 2.5xBB is playing an entirely small ball game (although you're probably generalizing when you said that). Nevertheless, I agree it's a good chapter to read.
I think it's a good book to both own and read several times. Like all books, it may take you several readings to fully comprehend and take in everything, especially what you may have missed or not understood on first readings, or simply forgot.
And for gyk21, you can buy probably every book you could possibly want (on poker or otherwise) from Amazon.com.