Numbers 51-59 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.

#51 Most Influential Poker Book

High-Low-Split Poker, Seven-Card Stud, and Omaha Eight- or-Better, for Advanced Players by Ray Zee (1992)

One of the few mixed game strategy books that made the Top 59. Ray Zee provides you with tips and advice on how to thrive in High-Low derivatives such as Seven Card Stud and Omaha Eight-or-Better.

“It was a decent book in an under-covered area, especially his views on when to get out of a hand,” said high stakes tournament player Talal Shakerchi.

#52 Most Influential Poker Book

Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em by Phil Gordon (2006)

Phil Gordon is more likely to be found launching a successful start-up these days, but there was a time when his poker books were as popular as anything ever written.

“A fun read, and useful too,” said online legend Dusty ‘leatherass’ Schmidt.

"I picked this book up when I knew I wanted to take my game a bit more seriously," said Hippodrome card room ambassador Kelly Saxby. "I felt like he offered a no-nonsense approach to a beginner player and made it easy to understand the most basic of concepts on a higher level without delving into mathematical strategies that can be overwhelming when you are starting out. I think this is one of the must-reads for a beginner to intermediate level player who wants to strengthen their game."

#53 Most Influential Poker Book

Harrington on Modern Poker Tournaments by Dan Harrington and Bill Robertie (2014)

The dynamic duo is back, this time, to see if they have what it takes to dissect modern tournament poker. It's the sixth book from the pair to make it into the Top 59.

#54 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

52 Great Poker Tips: At Home, Tournament And Online by Lou Krieger (2007)

52 poker tips on how to win playing Texas No-Limit Hold’em in a variety of formats, including live and online play. The tips also cover tournament and cash games, as well as Fixed-Limit, Limit and Pot-Limit action.

#54 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

Poker Tilt by Dutch Boyd (2014)

The sensational biography of the three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Dutch Boyd, a man who has won and lost millions playing against the world’s best players for close to two decades.

#55 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus (2010)

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker is the second book by James McManus to appear in the Top 59 (#42 Positively Fifth Street). This time, he shelves the biographical work to bring you a history of one of the most popular games every created.

#55 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

More Hold'em Wisdom for All Players by Daniel Negreanu (2008)

The sequel to Hold'em Wisdom for All Players sees Daniel Negreanu outline a further 50 powerful tips that will make you a winning player.

#55 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

Read 'em and Reap by Joe Navarro (2012)

Former FBI counter-intelligence officer, Joe Navarro, using all of his skills and experience to help poker players interpret the body language of their opponent’s.

#55 Most Influential Poker Book - Tied

Way of the Poker Warrior by Paul Hoppe (2010)

Paul Hoppe, a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, uses the martial arts narrative to dissect the game of poker in a way that has never before hit the pages of a poker book.

“An underrated but good instructional book that will help both your overall strategy as well as your mental game,” said Dusty ‘Leatherass’ Schmidt.

#55 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Pass The Sugar by Joe Hachem (2009)

The autobiography of the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Hachem.

"Being a close friend to Joe, I was excited to read this biography and gain further insight into such a generous and caring family man," said 888poker Ambassador Jackie Glazier.

#56 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

The Course: Serious Hold ‘Em Strategy For Smart Players by Ed Miller (2015)

Ed Miller takes a look at the saying in the golf world that ‘you don’t worry about the other players, you just play the course,’ and applies that principle to poker in this cracking read.

#56 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Hold'em Wisdom for All Players by Daniel Negreanu (2007)

The first of two books written by Daniel Negreanu offering 50 powerful tips that will make you a winning poker player.

"There is a common thread to the books I have read; they are for beginners to intermediate players, and they are easy to read in snippets. I picked this up one after I starting to take my game more seriously knowing he was a ‘big name' and found it to be easy to read for someone who wants to take their ‘fun home game' play to the next level," said Kelly Saxby.

#56 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Poker Tournament Formula by Arnold Synder (2006)

Arnold Synder’s shares his strategies that will help you win No-Limit Hold’em tournaments.

#56 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

How Good is Your Pot-Limit Omaha? By Stewart Reuben (2004)

This is one of three Omaha books to make the Top 59, and the second entry from Stewart Reuben (#50 Pot Limit & No Limit Poker).

#57 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Secrets of Short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha by Rolf Slotboom & Rob Hollink (2009)

A look at short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha games by two of the Netherlands finest.

“Omaha is the game everyone wants to play and this is a must read if you want to improve your basic game,” said the Flying Dutchman Marcel Luske.

#57 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Sit n Go Strategy; Expert Advice for Beating One-Table Poker Tournaments by Collin Moshman (2007)

The only book on Sit n Go strategies to makes it into the Top 59. Collin Moshman is a valued author and poker coach. This was his second entry in the Top 59 (#50 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em).

“The original SNG coach Collin Moshman teaches how to beat SNGs. Pretty outdated now, but it used to be a great way for new players to learn while breaking even or slightly winning as a novice,” said 888poker Ambassador Akira Ohyama.

#57 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Internet Texas Hold’em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro by Matthew Hilger (2003)

One of the earliest strategy books teaching players how to beat online poker games.

#58 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Life's a Gamble by Mike Sexton (2016)

Released in 2016, Poker Hall of Famer, Mike Sexton’s autobiography is the most recently written book to make the Top 59.

#58 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Don’t Listen To Phil Hellmuth: Correcting The 50 Worst Pieces Of Poker Advice by Dusty Schmidt and Paul Hoppe (2012)

In this innovative little cracker, Dusty Schmidt and Paul Hoppe take 50 of the worst pieces of advice from the older pros and expose the holes in the theory.

#58 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker I by Jonathan Little (2011)

Another entry from the voracious author that is Jonathan Little, this time sharing his secrets on the most popular poker game in the world.

“I feel he held back some of the “secrets” here, but still a good treatment of tournament NLHE,” said Talal Shakerchi.

#59 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Poker For Dummies (2000)

The classic ‘For Dummies’ series even makes it into the Most Influential Poker Books charts.

#59 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Check-Raising the Devil by Mike Matusow, Amy Calistri, and Tim Lavalli (2009)

An autobiography from one of the most controversial and colourful characters in the game.

“A fun read about {Mike} Matusow’s life,” said Jonathan Little.

#59 Most Influential Poker Book – Tied

Middle Limit Hold'em Poker by Bob Ciaffone (2002)

Bob Ciaffone’s second entry into the Top 56 (#50 Pot-Limit & No-Limit Hold’em). He once again shares his secrets and strategies in the game that everyone wants to play.

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