Top 5 Most Important Poker Books

Poker is a fascinating and popular card
game. As such, there have
been hundreds of books written about it to cover nearly every conceivable
aspect of the game. Not all
of these books are helpful or insightful and it can be difficult for any player
to sort out which book to choose. Below
is a list of the top 5 best non-fiction poker books.

Big Deal: One Year as a Professional Poker Player

Big Deal: One Year as a Professional Poker Player was
written by Anthony Holden and published in 1992. This is one of the best
poker books of all time for several reasons. Firstly, when it was written
it was ground-breaking because at the time poker had not experienced its boom
yet. In addition, this book was an autobiography of Anthony Holden who
unexpectedly dropped everything to play poker professionally. This book
contains his exciting adventures in the poker world and is considered to be one
of the best poker stories that has been written from a player’s

Lost Vegas…World Series of Poker

Vegas from Paul McGuire gives you a behind the scenes look at the
WSOP (World Series
of Poker) tournament and the Las Vegas scene during the poker boom. This
book is absolutely mesmerizing and in fact the author is more interesting than
the subject that he is writing about. Of course, this book is so
appealing because everyone wants to know what is happening in bars, hotel rooms
and hallways at Las Vegas casinos. If you want to get an unfiltered look
into the world of poker beyond the game then this is the perfect book for

Shut Up and Deal

Shut Up
and Deal, published in 1998 and written by Jesse May is actually published as
fiction. However, everyone that was part of the Atlantic City poker scene
when it was first legalized knows who the characters in this book were modeled
after. This book offers thrilling entertainment by creatively telling the
biggest poker news of the time, much like you would find at
Poker Update. This hilarious narrative not only can make players
laugh but it provides you with an interesting insight into the world of poker
in Atlantic City at the time of its legalization in 1993.

The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game
of All Time

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King was written
by Michael Craig and published in 2006. Craig was the first player to
break into the fraternity of top poker players and get a look into the
high-limit section where millions of dollars are won and lost in a single poker
game. This book follows the story of multi-millionaire banker Andy Beal
and his Bellagio poker game that almost bankrupted ‘the corporation’.

The Biggest Game in Town

The Biggest Game in Town was published in 1982
and written by Al Alvarez. Alvarez was a British writer was the first to
write about the world of high-stakes poker. He did this before anyone
even dreamed of writing about the subject. This writer broke the barrier
and got a glimpse into the world of high-stakes poker and introduced readers to
Jack Strauss, Puggy Pearson, Johnny Moss and Amarillo Preston


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