Playing "by the book"
I've read several poker books
, and would like to comment on some of the authors rather than the actual books they've written. This is mainly because the books they've written are for the higher level players that are beyond the "play position, be aggressive, play good starting hands" type of information.
The first author I would like to discuss is the godfather, Doyle Brunson. His books are of course legendary and the information you can glean from them will help any poker player become better. The information goes well beyond odds
, outs, etc. and discusses more technical aspects such as hand reading, tells
, and EV of certain plays you may make. His books discuss even more subtle nuances such as variance and how to avoid getting crushed by high variance. There's a reason the guy is still crushing tables into his 80s.
Daniel Negreanu has offered up some of the best advice for poker players. Not only has he created a style of playing that is highly effective and profitable, but includes information that exposes his "secrets" for hand reading, bluffing, and table management. He is also a wealth of information just watching video of him playing. How he not only uses his poker skills, but also table talk, and other non play related information to read his opponents.
The last author I would like to discuss has published some recent information that can revolutionize anyone's game. He has written books with noted poker authors such as David Slansky. His insights and perspective on the game takes on a focus that very few players share or even understand. But he presents the information in such a way as to make it understandable to most of his audience. You don't have to be a "math geek" to be able to utilize these very high level aspects of play. His latest book discusses a the topic of frequency. It is the aspect of the game that many players, regardless of their holding can exploit their OPs simply by C betting each street, and the frequency of the OP to fold to such pressure. Although this is an oversimplified explanation of the topic, his ability to very coherently expand on that idea makes his treatment extremely valuable to any poker player. This author is Ed Miller, and any book he has written can help any player, from novice to advanced, improve their game.