Does It Pay to Read A “How To” Book About Poker?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Texas Poker StoreBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

When I decided to write a poker blog under my own name (I finally conceded to the pleading of my husband, “Pocket Bullets” Paris, actually) I thought maybe I should bone up on poker strategy by reading a few ‘how to” books, like the ones we sell on the Texas Poker Store.

Queen of HeartsSo I did a little research, because that’s what I do. And I came across some interesting comments made by our all-time favorite poker star, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, whose advice is to be careful who you trust. As he pointed out, anyone can get a book published and call themselves a poker expert. In fact, Kid Poker stated, “There are books on the market today that would actually make you a WORSE poker player if you followed their advice.”

Not only has that, but the game of poker itself changed considerably, especially in the last decade, because of the Internet. We now have a generation of young, skilled poker players who can play poker 24/7 if they so desire, thereby acquiring the skills, strategies and experience that used to take years to develop. In other words, the strategies that worked years ago may be obsolete today simply because the overall skill level of poker players has increased significantly.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be impressed by a famous poker player from before the 21st century! There is still a lot to learn from the old masters, including some great stories and fascinating history. There is also a lot to be learned from “how to books if you’re a novice poker player. But if it’s winning strategy you’re looking for, there’s one more question to ask yourself. Why would a player who is killing it at the poker tables tell everyone else how to do it? Wouldn’t they want to keep their best strategies secret?

Or, as Negreanu put it, “The truth is, many of the best poker books will never be written.”

Daniel Negreanu's Hold' em WisdomNevertheless, since our policy at the Texas Poker Store has always been about providing you with the best in poker supplies and accessories, we thought this to be the perfect place to introduce you to some of our favorite poker books.

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