Poker is a game which is being picked up by many and almost everyone has their own distinct style and strategy to play.
What this means is that the best players often end up writing books to provide other players with insights and information about the game.
Topics range from ‘how to play the game?’, ‘what tells are?’ to ‘which hands are the best for you?’.
Those were just generic terms but most of the books fall into three categories;
- strategy guides
- stories about poker
The question that keeps coming out thanks to so many books out there is that are most of the books irrelevant?
Poker by no means is a small game which can be written about in 5-10 books.
This is a complex sport with many styles of play, strategies, the human element and the incredible factor of luck.
There are different kinds of games also ranging from Hold’em, Omaha and then Head to Heads and Sit n go tournaments.
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You do need to keep a selection of books
Even though there are so many books on poker, there are a few gems which every poker enthusiast should keep.
Yet there are so many authors writing about poker these days, topics are bound to not only get repeated but it could lead to books running out of subjects to talk about.
There are certain authors who do not follow the route of writing books about the style of play, they rather pay attention to the characters, the human elements of the poker game and how that element comes out during gameplay.
Keeping some of the best books helps you not only hone our skills when playing the game but it can also help you learn about poker, not as a sport or how to play the game but rather for some information about the history and beginnings of poker.
Sure it isn’t something that you can bring to the table to help you win hands but a little extra information never really hurt anyone.
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There are opponents to the fact that reading books can actually help you win games, they feel that reading books is alright but doesn’t help in making your game better.
A lot of people believe that nothing is better than the real thing. Experience gained from playing real poker at tables or online games is something that does help a player, no matter how well or badly you do.
Players do feel that owning too many books or reading too much regarding strategy does not help a player.
After all, a person can only take in a certain amount of information, overloading information can actually prove to be counter- productive.
The belief is that 4-5 books should be kept to help you pick up certain traits of the game which can be relevant to your game but anything more should be considered as reading for leisure.
A lot of the top players also have never really admitted to reading books, of course this could be a bit of an ego management issue, no one really wants to give away the credit for their play to a few books which have helped them.
Playing the game is actually a good way to learn about the game but this could and would involve making bets and wagers.
Losing a few hands can actually not work in your favor in this kind of strategy to learn but again, nothing is better than playing the real thing.
The revolution of online poker
The rise of online poker has actually made a lot of the earlier written books irrelevant though.
Books written in the 80’s and 90’s or even earlier than that do not actually hold well for the online version of the game.
Many books actually talk about strategy and what the opposite player might be doing when at the table.
That goes out of the window as during online poker you do not actually get to interact with a player in the flesh.
Online poker also has become a faster version of the game, you do not get time to think about your move always.
Online poker has also taken out the factor of a human doing calculations on the fly.
Thanks to a range of online poker odds calculators available for use during online poker, gone are the days when a player would have to do all the calculations of the odds at the table by himself.
This has helped though, as more and more players can play poker online at least without having to worry about calculations and numbers.
Books are a good option to keep but the fact that they are getting out dated is an issue.
There are so many forums and videos available online now that any new discussion about poker is already available in a few minutes on any forum or website, you are doing the same as you are reading this article on this site.
Videos have been growing steadily as alternatives, a video provides a physical viewing of a concept or strategy better than a book as you get both visual and audio clues to help you out.
This is not possible when reading a book.
A lot of players have their own channels and sites which can help you out and often it proves to be more useful than reading a book.
All in all, like almost every technological aspect in the world.
Books are being replaced by other forms of media but they are not dying as of yet.
Sure people might consider some books on poker to be irrelevant but that does not mean all books aren’t useful.
There are a few good books out there, you just need to search for the right one.
Books will always be relevant in the game of poker, it is just the sheer number of books which can be a problem.