Holdem books etc. Where to start?

Hello All,

What books, magazines,practice webb sites /programs etc. would you suggest for a novice to start with to learn the game?

All The Best

Order the turbo hold'em software from Wilson.

Also, this site is helpful for novices: http://www.lowlimitholdem.com/

As for books, I recommend Lee Evans' "Winning Low Limit Holdem" and then move on to Cloutier's "Champonship Holdem". Some might suggest books by Sklansky, but I think they are too technical for beginners. Haven't read Brunson's books, so I don't know whether the'd be helpful or not.

Good luck!

Hello Savas,

Thanks for the info.

All The Best

"winning low limit hold'em" is by lee JONES, and is an excellent place to start out. just remember that he is talking LIMIT, and LOW limit specifically (although i've heard that low limit style play can be found in some of the higher limits as well - i'd stick to sklansky's "...for advances players" at the higher limits).

it's amazing how well jones' book works in the 3/6 - 4/8 games where i play. it is by far the best low limit strategy out there IMO.

as for no limit, doyle brunson's section in super system is a must read, as are both cloutier's book and caifone/ruben's book on no limit and pot limit.

but in the end there is no substitute for experience, especially in no limit play.....read some books, read card player magazine, play in some fun home games for low stakes (and online for free) to get a feel for it - and then when you are ready, hit a casino for some low limit play.

don't move up in limits until you are ready and you'll know when you are ready - and look out, poker is addictive as hell!


The Cloutier book I'm referring to deals with ring games as well as tournament play.

I still like the classic super system as well as the Hellmuth book. Its hard to learn from a book when first beginning. I recommend getting in some play, then reading the books. I have read super system 3 times, or just the hold em parts, while advancing through different levels of the game.

Hmm... I thought Hellmuth's book bit the ballbag.

hellmuth's book is horrible. easily the worst poker book i've read, so if you are goin to be playing against me, please read it.

super system's section on no limit hold'em is great, but the rest is very average and is based on games that casinos don't offer anymore or play different versions of. why study 5 card draw played with a joker? where are you going to find that game today?

Hello Cheese, all..

Thanks for the input, I'll look for Lee Jones book this weekend.

can somebody explain the betting system?? 3/6 , 4/8 its pretty much Greek to me 8-)

All The Best

3/6 is a betting structure in limit poker. in 3/6 in order to play the hand you have to call the big blind which will be 3 bucks. the first two rounds (pre-flop and flop) of betting go in increments of 3 bucks for a maximum of up to 4 rounds for a capped pot of 12 bucks per person.

the next two roounds of betting (turn and river) will be in increments of 6 bucks for a max of 4 rounds up to 24 bucks.

heads up, there is no limit on the number of bets.

blinds are the 2 forced bets to the left of the button(dealer). in 3/6 they will usually be $2 and $3.

4/8 is the same thing just substitute 4 for 3 and 8 for 6.

Hello Cheese,

Thx Bro.

All The Best

quid pro quo clarise, quid pro quo........

"Order the turbo hold'em software from Wilson"

What is this?

It's a poker simulator that allows you to set the level of your competition, dictate the situation etc. etc.

It also advises of the right move to make in each situation. I don't always agree with the advice, but a very good learning tool for beginners.

I just bought Brunson's Super System tonight.

There were a few book by Ken Warren there. Any opinions about him or his books?

Not familiar with Warren's books. Anyone?

Warren's first book sucked ass IMO except for a few good suggestions he had when playing a spread limit game. For a good first book I'd go with Gary Carson's and/or Lee Jone's book. At some point you need to read Sklanky's HEFAP and The Theory of Poker.

"Winning Low Limit Hold 'em" by Lee Jones

"Hold 'em Excellence: From Beginner to Winner" by Lou Krieger

"The Theory of Poker" by David Sklansky (this is THE BEST poker book I've ever read. But it's very advanced, so I'd recommend it be 3rd on your curriculum, and you must read it multiple times, rereading and reflecting on it at the various stages of your development)

"Hold 'em Poker" by David Sklansky

This has been the foundation of my book learning. Read, and reread as much material as you can get your hands on. Don't do too much reading without playing, and don't do too much playing without reading. Always be thinking about the game. Read, play, reflect - repeat. I've found that when I've gained knowledge, my game suffers a little bit while I'm still assimilating the intricacies of the new skills I've learned. So I'll play at a certain level, learn, suck even worse than before, then reach a new plateau a little higher than the last. And then the cycle repeats. So be prepared for that.

You're going to go through some wild swings as a beginner. Don't let losing sessions discourage you. Keep records. Remember that the outcome of any given hand does not validate or invalidate the correctness of your decisions during that hand (this mantra has kept me from going insane from time to time). And this is a game of long-term results.

Don't think of the chips as money. Think of them as units. You can't play this game scared.

Patience and discipline are key attributes you must possess and/or develop. Also, self-analysis is important. It's really hard sometimes to be aware of when you are not playing your best. But you should make it a goal to always be at your best whenever you're at the table. Minimizing your mistakes helps maximize your profits. So, whenever your not at your best, you should walk away from the table.

That's my 2 cents.

Good luck, and have fun.

Texas Hold 'em is THE GREATEST game ever invented.

Hello Third,

Thanks for the great advice, and suggestions I'll seek out Kriegers book after I finish consuming Lee Jones books.

Never thought about keeping records, but makes great sense to me.

All The Best