There are many Texas Hold Em Poker Book’s available both in book stores and on the internet. The biggest, and arguably the best, retailer of books online is the one and only amazon.com. Just a quick search on Amazon returns hundreds of books ranging from the general tips book, to instructional/teaching type, to full fledged strategy and odds calculations books. Deciding on which book to purchase and how much you should really have to pay to get the information you want can be a daunting task.
For most people that play Texas Hold Em Poker it is a form of recreation; a hobby that is enjoyed. If you are in this boat then most probably no matter what book you buy you will enjoy reading it and learn a thing or two. If you are extremely passionate about the game or are using your winnings as a sort of income then you may be a little more pressed to get results quickly. You might seriously want a book jam-packed with heaps of extremely useful information, so your book might be a little harder to find.
When searching for a good Texas Hold Em Poker book, look for the for the following things.
First: the title. Look at the title and ensure that it is clear, concise and is talking directly to you. If you want a strategy guide, find a book like ‘Texas Hold Em Strategy Guide’. Don’t go for a tips book or something else. The title should be targeted to what you want to achieve. This is your best asset in finding the book you want.
Second: the author. Who is the author? Are they at all reputable in the poker field? Consider punching the author’s name into Google and spending a few quick moments verifying them. If the person has a Wikipedia entry and is known for being in that field then they are probably very good. This isn’t a pre-requisite just a hint.
Third: search inside the book. Amazon allows you to read the table of contents of a book and also view a couple of the pages. Read the TOC and make sure that the points are talking about what you want to learn. If you want a strategy book for tournaments and you find a strategy book but the TOC reads ‘how to win online’, ‘winning cash games’, ‘how to beat your mates in the backroom of a pool hool’ then it might not be exactly what you are looking for and you may want to consider searching more.
Fourth: customer reviews. Read the customer reviews and see what other people thought about it. This is sometimes the best indicator for me. Because I’ve bought/read so many books I’m looking for more but sometimes I find a dodgy little Texas Hold Em Poker Tips book and the customer reviews say ‘not good info’,’just slapped up in a short time’,’not a quality book’ etc. When I see this I realise its not worth my money and time even bothering and I’ll probably learn more just by focusing on real practice.
Which brings me to me last point. Real practice. It doesn’t matter how good the Texas Hold Em Book you are reading is, your not going to get you good at poker just by reading. If you want to become good at poker, presumably this is why you are reading books, you really have to practice. I’m not denying, I’m even agreeing that books are extremely helpful if you want to learn poker, understand the rules, learn strategy and tips, learn about odds and whatnot. In fact, I learned most of technical stuff I know from books, but seriously you need to take all that info and then put it to use in a game. The rush of poker, the adrenaline, the quick decisions, the gut feelings are only learned by actually being in the game and doing it. As much as I love reading, I love playing poker more, so that’s where I spend my time.