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Reading for No Limit Holdem Tourney Diploma (& what 2 avoid)
Harrington on Hold 'em: Strategic Play v. 1: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments
"Stage 1 of the Diploma is based on the first two Harrington books. They represent the perfect start and will help you avoid embarassing yourself in your first tournament."
Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments: The Endgame
"These are more like a single book in two pieces than two books, so buy both together. Make sure you play lots of poker before moving onto Stage 2."
The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How to Think Like One
"Stage 2 is based on 5 books, to be read in any order. Theory of Poker is all about theory rather than giving you an off-the-peg strategy. Learn why the strategies in other books work."
Harrington on Hold 'em: Workbook v. 3: Expert Strategies for No Limit Tournaments
"The test-your-play side of this book is a bit of an irrelevance. The real benefit is learning about the post flop thinking process."
The Psychology of Poker
"Something very different. Learn about playing styles: aggression vs passivity, looseness vs tightness. But also includes some excellent advice on verbalising your analysis."
Poker Tournament Formula
"Biggest lessons from this book are the importance of position and aggression. It taught me a lot but is the only book on the reading list that I never find myself going back to."
Caro's Book of Tells, the Body Language and Psychology of Poker
"The definitive book on tells. No use if you're playing on the internet (in which case stage 2 consists of just 4 books) but essential face to face."
Sit 'N Go Strategy
"Stage 3 now, and time to specialise. You can go for this book, which draws together all of Stage 2 into a single strategy for single table Sit-n-Gos...."
Heads-Up No-Limit Hold 'em: Expert Advice for Winning Heads-Up Poker Matches
"...or this book for head to head matches. In fact, this book is also useful for the final stages of sit-ngos."
Secrets of Sit'n'gos: winning strategies for single-table poker tournaments
"One more book for stage 3. For sit-n-goers there are essential ideas on application of ICM model to bubble play and to last 3 play. The Chen/Ankerman push/fold tables (see below) also appear."
KILLER POKER ONLINE 2: Advanced Strategies for Crushing the Internet Game: v. 2
"Some possible extra study. This deals with everything except the cards, taking a step on from Schoonmaker. Some very good advice in here about note taking."
Every Hand Revealed
"More optionally extra study. This is an entertaining read that gives a useful insight into loose aggressive play."
The Book of Bluffs: How to Bluff and Win at Poker
"Another optional extra. It does what it says on the tin. Nothing particularly earth shattering but worth a go if you have problems with bluffing."
The Mathematics of Poker
"A very optional extra. No fun if you've not got a maths degree but the page with tables for optimal heads up jam and fold strategies is useful if you find yourself h2h with a better player."
Doyle Brunson's Super System II
"Finally, on to stuff outside the course of reading. The no limit holdem in Super System is supposed to be definitive, but I'm not buying a book that thick if I'm only interested in one chapter!"
Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em
"This is a great read and has lots of useful stuff, but nothing that's not covered by the course of reading. Only worth a go if you want an alternative version of many of Harrington's lessons."
Tournament Poker for Advanced Players (Advance Player)
"This book always gets great reviews but doesn't tell anything that's not already in the course of reading."
No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice
"This book is disjointed and very heavy going. What good ideas it has tend to be covered elsewhere in the Diploma (mainly in Theory of Poker) or only applicable to cash games."
Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players (Advance Player)
"Word of warning. Some books on holdem are about limit holdem, so don't waste your money. This one's an example. Easy mistake to make (but not one that I've ever made)."
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