Numbers 31-40 Top Ranked Poker Books

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For the first time in history, 888poker set about trying to determine what were the most influential books in the history of poker.

Here is a brief summary with some quotes from professional poker players giving their view on each book on the list.

#31 Most Influential Poker Book

Devilfish: The Life & Times of a Poker Legend by Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot (2010)

Devilfish: The Life & Times of a Poker Legend is the biography of one of the most important, influential, and controversial poker players in the history of poker. It's a riveting read that fans of Dave Ulliot will love.

Here is what the pros had to say about it:

"Another entertaining read, if you like poker and bad boys! This is a man who rises high from the dregs so to speak and does so in such a colourful, controversial and outrageous manner. Having heard his voice so many times, I felt like I was at the pub listening to him tell his story," said Hippodrome ambassador Kelly Saxby.

"Dave Ulliot was entertainment, fair, and didn't stand for any bullshit. He had some old fashioned moves, but he dared to take on all challenges. Did he get carried away in the heat of the moment? Sometimes, yes. But we all needed poker to get mainstream attention on TV, and the Devilfish got us that. I would love to have more of his kind playing in the games, but I am afraid this is not going to happen in the next 50-years," said the Flying Dutchman Marcel Luske.

#32 Most Influential Poker Book

One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey "the Kid" Ungar by Nolan Dalla (2005)

The first authorized biography of Stuey Ungar, a young man many believe to have been one of the most gifted poker players of all time. Ungar won the WSOP Main Event three times and was reported to have earned over $30m, before being found dead in a cheap Las Vegas motel at the age of 45, with only $800 to his name.

Former EPT Champion Rupert Elder called it, “a fascinating story of a great gambler for the time.”

#33 Most Influential Poker Book

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time by Michael Craig (2006)

A brilliant and compelling insight into one of the most famous high limit poker games of all time, when a group of professional poker players took on the billionaire banker Andy Beal in a series of heads-up Limit Hold’em matches. The poker players dubbed their alliance The Corporation. Players involved were Doyle and Todd Brunson, Chip Reese, Barry Greenstein and Jennifer Harman.

Here is what the pros had to say about it:

“A great story of high stakes poker intrigue,” said two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Rast.

“This book was overall just very inspiring to me, inside and outside of poker. It tells a tale of risk, expectations, collaboration, devastation, and triumph. I have been in the business of corporation staking and risk-sharing before and this got my mind thinking about it. I'll never forget when I have played with Andy Beal and the moments leading up to it, all I could think about was this book,” said Justin ‘BoostedJ’ Smith.

#34 Most Influential Poker Book 

Kill Phil by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson (2009)

This book tries to even the playing field by handing the amateur all the tools, tricks, and talent, to take down the professionals at their own game. You will learn beginner strategies, intermediate strategies and advanced strategies, along with some decent appendices covering all aspects of No-Limit Hold'em tournament play.

Here is what the pros had to say about it:

"I didn't personally use a lot of this information in making my plays at the table, but so many newer players were talking about reading this book when it was first released. By reading the book myself, it gave me a significant insight as to how other players at that time may have been making decisions based on the information in this book," said WSOP bracelet winner Jackie Glazier.

“One of the earlier tournament specific books. This book helped me better understand how to beat tournament poker back in the day,” said 888poker Ambassador Akira Ohyama.

#35 Most Influential Poker Book

Seven-Card Stud for Advanced Players by David Sklansky, Mason Malmuth and Ray Zee (1989)

Seven-Card Stud for Advanced Players was the highest ranking book specifically tailored to a game other than No-Limit Hold’em. The book is easy to read and has enough depth and layers to help and assist players of all levels of the game.

Justin ‘BoostedJ' Smith said, "This book inspired me to think hard about 7-Card Stud while nobody was paying attention to it. I have learned many plays from this book, and since done a lot of math work and incorporated derivatives and drawn heavy inspiration from it to consistently play in the Larry Flynt 1500-3000 Stud game for the past seven years."

#36 Most Influential Poker Book 

The Mental Game Of Poker 2: Proven Strategies For Improving Poker Skill, Increasing Mental Endurance, And Playing In The Zone Consistently by Jared Tendler and Barry Carter (2013)

The Mental Game of Poker 2 wasn’t necessarily a sequel to the Mental Game of Poker. Instead, Jared Tendler and Barry Carter amassed so much important information; they had no choice but to break down their concepts into two books. It doesn’t carry the same powerful punch as the first, but the mental game concepts laid out are equally as important.

#37 Most Influential Poker Book 

Tournament Poker for Advanced Players: Expanded Edition by David Sklansky (2007)

Tournament Poker for Advanced Players does what it says on the tin. It assumes the reader has a grasp of the fundamentals of poker and then introduces the theory and strategies needed to succeed in tournament poker including written opinion on the idea of going broke, how chips change value throughout the tournament, and the gap concept.

Here is what the pros had to say about it:

“This was a good book. Slightly outdated strategy, but there is still a lot of the stuff in here that is relevant today,” said three-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.

"This book helped me at the time. There were things that I had learnt, but I didn't know what they were or how to articulate them so when I read this book it was an immediate validation of my thoughts even if his were far more polished. It also gave me the confidence to believe in my game," said Adam ‘Roothlus' Levy.

#38 Most Influential Poker Book

DUCY? Exploits, Advice, and Ideas of the Renowned Strategist by David Sklansky and Alan Schoonmaker (2010)

DUCY is an acronym born on the 2+2 Forum where David Sklansky used to use the phrase “Do You See Why?” when trying to help people understand concepts on strategy.

The book reads like an autobiography as Sklansky airs his views on all things poker. If you love of problem-solving, then you will revel inside the mind of one of poker's true masters.

Here is what the pros thought about it:

"Overall interesting gambling and non-gambling applicable strategies of thinking," said Justin ‘BoostedJ' Smith.

“This book contained interested insights and advice,” said former EPT Champion Rupert Elder.

#39 Most Influential Poker Book

Championship No-Limit & Pot-Limit Hold’em by Tom McEvoy and T.J Cloutier (2004) 

Another classic book focusing on No-Limit Hold'em, only, this time, we also get some insight into how to play the derivative known as Pot-Limit Hold'em. The authors are both members of the Poker Hall of Fame with 10 WSOP bracelets between them and over $12m in live tournament earnings.

The Flying Dutchman, Marcel Luske, wrote: "These are two of the Top 10 best overall competition players. If it comes to you over the many years, then you must be doing something worth reading about, and it certainly was."

#40 Most Influential Poker Book

Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker by Paul McGuire (2010)

If Hunter S. Thompson had found a job blogging about poker, then he would have ended up getting in some of the same scrapes that Pauly McGuire writes about in this book. It's a funny, honest, and raw look at what happens when the final card is dealt at the WSOP.

Here is what the pros had to say about it:

“I love poker fiction, especially when it focuses on the darker side,” said former EPT Champion Julian Thew.

"Pauly has a really interesting way of looking at the game. I read this after having joined the WSOP broadcast, so it was surreal to read about the world I was living in, from his perspective," said 888poker Ambassador Kara Scott.

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