The ONLY Poker Books Worth Reading

Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo

  • Fundamental game theory concepts
  • How to classify ranges as condensed, polarized, capped/uncapped based on various situations
  • The relationship between range polarization and bet size
  • How to classify various hands into equity buckets and build a strategy for all your holdings
  • How to analyze complex data and outputs from solvers in order to execute GTO lines

Applications of No Limit Hold’em by Matthew Janda

  1. Preflop Ranges: The original preflop ranges in this book were constructed based on frequencies and manual calculations. In the age of solvers, you are better off using ranges constructed from sims.
  2. Hand Reviews Chapter: I would recommend skipping the hand reviews chapter at the end of the book since modern solvers have revealed flaws in Matthew’s range construction.

Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’em by Will Tipton

  • Thinking of expected value in terms of the overall game tree
  • Proper definition of maximally exploitative strategies
  • How iterative exploitation leads to nash equilibria
  • How turn and river runouts influence equity distributions
  • Range distributions on various board structures

Expert Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Volume 2 by Will Tipton

No Limit Hold’em For Advanced Players: Emphasis on Tough Games by Matthew Janda

The Grinder’s Manual by Peter Clarke

Mathematics of Poker by Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenman




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