While there may be plenty of genius football or golf coaches that never reached the elite level as a player, only the elite players themselves can write the best poker books. In the early 2000s when poker was booming and fish were plentiful, it was far easier to be a winning poker player than it is now. These days, even the most inexperienced poker players have a higher base level of knowledge of the game and are not as easily taken advantage of. So, almost everyone who is serious about improving their poker game has read at least a few books on the subject.
There are hundreds of poker books out there that run the gamut of covering various strategies, the mental part of the game, and books that lean toward biographies and recount the lives of pro players who made their way to the top. No matter your reading pleasure with regard to poker, you can usually find a book about it.
But if your goal happens to be to learn from the best by whatever poker book you delve into, Daniel Negreanu advises to be careful about whom you trust. Anyone can write a poker book and claim to be an expert. Literally anyone. Anyone can offer training videos online, even those that have a graph in the negative.
There are books on the market today that would actually make you a WORSE poker player if you followed their advice. There are plenty of frauds out there because there really isn’t a basis to verify an authors credentials unless they release their personal poker records over an extended period of time.
On the other way, the game of poker has changed significantly over time. If it’s the best playing strategies that you’re after, a book a decade old may no longer be useful in today’s climate. That climate, thanks to the Internet, allows players to rack up hands and valuable experience in a relatively short amount of time. The overall skill of players has risen dramatically as a result and may have made some of the older poker strategy books obsolete.
Finally, you must note that novice players hoping to improve their game by reading the best poker books available should keep one fact in mind: unfortunately, the greatest poker pros may want to hold onto some of their best secrets in order to continue crushing it at the tables.