The Ultimate Poker Books For Live And Online Tournaments

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I love poker tournaments because of the rivalry, strategy, and adrenaline. There is no better place to check your poker skills against famous poker players, and no greatest thrill than winning a Multi-Table Tournament. If you enjoy playing tournaments (I suppose you are since you are reading this post), I have selected for you the best tournament poker books for online and live games. 

Is there only one type of poker tournament?

Definitely not! When poker players hear the word ‘tournament,’ they always think about a simple MTT (Multi-Table Tournament). However, there are more variations of poker tournaments! That’s why I have divided the books into four categories:

I hope you find a tournament poker book that will move your game to the next level!

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5 Best Multi Table Tournament Poker Books

What Are MTT Tournamnets?

MTT stands for a multi-table tournament. These are online and live poker tournaments that typically have anywhere from 20 to thousands of players competing at once. 

The prize pool is usually defined by the number of entrants, and the top three places typically take home the lion’s share of the prize pool. 

Harrington on Hold' Em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1

9.1
9.1/10

Positives

  • Very good Kindle editions
  • For beginners to intermediate
  • Great writing style
  • Great tournament insights
  • Good sense of humor fo the authors
  • One of the poker ‘classics’
  • Loaded with diagrams
  • Free with Audible

Negatives

  • Most of the techniques are well known today

Harrington and Robertie have written three volumes of “Hold ‘Em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments”.

Volumes I and II are a must-read for anyone looking to improve their No-Limit Holdem tournament skills.

Volume 1 focuses on the fundamentals of the game.

To see the in-depth review of this book, click here.

Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 2: Endgame

9.2
9.2/10

Positives

  • Extremely well written
  • Very informative
  • Technical
  • In-depth analysis of the play
  • Clarity to a complex game

Negatives

  • At times repetitive

With “Harrington on Hold’em Volume II,” Action Dan has accomplished the seemingly impossible. 

He and Bill Roberte composed a sequel that is so excellent that it is difficult to tell the difference in quality between the two books.

The sequel is as good as the first book!


What is Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy: The Endgame Vol. 2 about?

Vol. 2 continues the excellence of Harrington’s series by moving away from the conservative approach taken in the first book, which is perfect because you must learn to walk before you can run.

Hold ’em Expert Strategy The End game guides you on how to play in the latter stages of a tournament when the number of the remaining players is smaller, the blinds considerable, and significant money is within sight. 


Harrington will teach you how to:

  • make moves, 
  • handle tough inflection point plays (a point where your playing style must switch because of a difference in your M (how many hands you can play before you’re blinded out),
  • handle the game when there are a few players remaining,
  • play heads-up, 
  • to play the middle to the last stages of a tournament,

Harrington has written a book that even professional players will benefit from. 


The most exciting issues in the book

One of the book’s most interesting parts is the already mentioned ‘concept of M’ and knowing why it is vital to understand where your stack is in relation to the blinds.

Another crucial thing is that you will learn that almost any hand is worth playing when you play heads up.


Recommendation

I can recommend this book to any tournament player who isn’t and won’t be my opponent.

Joking aside, if you are a MTT beginner and want to move your game to the next level, this is the book you need. However, ensure you read Vol. 1 before starting with Vol. 2.

Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volume 3

9.0
9/10

Positives

  • Incredibly useful.
  • Written by an accomplished tournament player.
  • The book is written in a basic question-and-answer format. This gives the reader time to deliberate before continuing.

Negatives

  • One-sided opinions.
  • It is targeted toward a particular group of players.
  • Repetitive.

‘Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker’ is the third edition of Jonathan Little’s book series on poker MTT strategy.

Jonathan Little wrote this instructive poker strategy book back in 2013. He focuses mainly on teaching the readers how to implement the strategies and fundamentals described in the first two books.

Jonathan has earned more than $5,000,000 in poker tournaments. Little is an excellent tutor as well as one of the top poker players in the world right now.

To read the full review click here.

Play Poker Like the Pros, by Phil Hellmuth

8.7
8.7/10

Positives

  • The strategy for beginners is well presented.
  • You will get insight into Hellmuth’s exceptional style of play.
  • Free with Audible
  • Seven-Card Stud, as well as Omaha strategies, are included in the book
  • Real examples are included.

Negatives

  • A considerable portion of the book concentrates on the Limit game.
  • There aren’t enough hand examples.
  • Not enough advanced strategies.
  • Too much Phil’s ego.

Someone can love or hate him, but one thing’s certain — no one can stay indifferent when Phil Hellmuth is playing poker. His versatile style of play has made him an essential figure in the poker world, which is why his book ‘Play Poker Like the Pros’ has drawn much attention.

Read an in-depth review here.

Every Hand Revealed – by Gus Hansen

8.5
8.5/10

Positives

  • A thorough report of all hands played
  • Plenty of knowledge that helps the readers visualize the hands
  • Insight into Hansen’s aggressive and conscious style of play
  • Many valuable tips and tricks
  • Affordable

Negatives

  • His style could be too aggressive for some players

Citadel Press issued Every Hand Revealed in 2008. It is a personal and organized 370-page long narrative of Gus Hansen’s procession to winning the Aussie Millions in 2007 and the prize of $1.2 million.

You won’t get far in poker if your playing style is not aggressive, and Gus Hansen’s undoubtedly is.

The Great Dane, as he is also referred to, has left the key to his brilliant poker mind ajar in his book ‘Every Hand Revealed.’ This book will take you through every single hand of the 2007 Aussie Millions tournament he won by surviving 747 players.

For the full review click here.

Top 2 Books To Improve Your Sit And Go Game

What is a SNG poker tournament?

Sit and Go is a single-table type of poker tournaments. Most of the time, starting with ten or nine players and paying prizes for the top three finishers.

This type of poker game is typically used in online poker rooms and is becoming increasingly popular in live poker rooms.

Sit’ n Go Strategy

8.9
8.9/10

Positives

  • The primary concepts can be applied to almost any SNGs
  • Nicely structured
  • Clearly presented
  • Specific for SNGs

Negatives

  • Could be a bit of a boring read for some players. Although, this applies to many other books on poker strategy

This book should assist novice to intermediate players in creating a successful strategy for small- and medium-stakes sng games played online.

You should have no trouble dominating the small stakes, like $10 SNGs, if you adhere to the strategy.

Not a book for before bed. Reread the challenging concepts and treat this as a course. For an in-depth review go to the below post:

Sit’ n Go Strategy – Collin Moshman

Secrets of sit n gos

8.2
8.2/10

Positives

  • Includes quizzes
  • Awesome instructions
  • Affordable
  • Good for SNG beginners
  • Well-researched

Negatives

  • Lots of typos - although it depends where you come from 🙂

 If you are a starting Sit-N-Go player, you should get this book!

About Phil Shaw

Phil Shaw, aka Jackal69, is a pro poker player with a proven playing record. 

He has successfully played at all sng levels, including high-stakes games. Phil is a SNG and mixed games instructor for CardRunners.


What will you learn from this book?

This book will show you how to:

  • use sit-and-gos and bankroll management to turn a $200 bankroll into a $100,000 bankroll in a year
  • use fundamental all-in or fold techniques to progress from a beginner to a winner
  • use computer programs successfully when making crucial decisions
  • apply more complex Sit’n’go ideas, including ICM, to become an experienced player

You will also learn:

  • the benefits of playing sit and goes over MTTs and cash games
  • maximum achievable ROIs for sit-and-go games at low, medium, and high stakes
  • the best strategies to use when playing heads-up (one-on-one) with high blinds
  • ROI variations between the turbo and regular sit-and-gos
  • how big of a stack is ideal for defending blinds 
  • how to play bubble situations
  • there are also quizzes at the end of the book

Recommendation

Along with Colin Moshman’s Sit n Go Strategy, this is the book that everyone interested in SNG should have on the poker bookshelf.

I recommend Secrets Of Sit N Gos to anyone starting to play this kind of game!

Poker satellite books

What Are Poker Satellites?

Poker satellites are tournaments that give the winner(s) a free or discounted buy-in to a larger tournament.

They can be single-table or multi-table tournaments and are often played both live and online.

Poker Satellite Strategy’ by Dara O’Kearney, Barry Carter

9.3
9.3/10

Positives

  • Excellent niche product
  • High quality
  • An audio version is available
  • Easy to follow
  • Lots of good info
  • Strategies are well explained
  • Free with Audible

Negatives

  • Some tables don't display correctly on Kindle

 

You need to remember that in a satellite, you are competing for seats rather than money. No matter where you place, you will receive the same pricing.

It’s all about surviving, not winning! This is one of the most important lessons you will learn from this book.

Poker Satellite Strategy’ by Dara O’Kearney, Barry Carter is one of the most important papers written on satellites.

Amazingly, there are not many books on satellites considering that they are the simplest way to win a major event and earn a significant sum of money.

To see an in-depth review click here.

Top Bounty and Knockout Tournament Books

What are Bounty and Knockout poker tournaments?

Bounty and knockout poker tournaments are types of MTT.

In bounty and knockout tournaments, each player has a bounty on their head, and if they are eliminated from the tournament, the player who eliminated them receives the bounty.

We can divide the bounty and knockout tournaments into three main types (although there are more):

  • Normal bounties – 20% or 25% of each buy-in goes to the bounties.
  • Progressive PKOs – the value of your bounty grows each time you eliminate a player.
  • Super KOs – where the prizes are split 50/50 between the regular rewards and bounties.

PKO Poker Strategy: How to adapt to Bounty and Progressive Knockout online poker tournaments

9.1
9.1/10

Positives

  • easy to read
  • includes some fundamental concepts for Holdem in general
  • well written
  • targets a niche where not many players adjust their game

Negatives

  • not for total beginners, although it could be a positive as well

Bounty and Progressive Knockout are additional NLH MTT variants that are becoming increasingly popular.

This is the second book on this list by Dara O’Kearney and Barry Carter. PKO Poker Strategy covers the following subjects:

  • essential adjustments in PKO play, 
  • methods for deciding on calling ranges, 
  • information on why you should never register late, 
  • specific PKO mindset concerns, 
  • details on how to adjust when the pay jumps become significant,
  • when to use standard MTT strategy
  • and much more.

Each chapter begins with a GTO framework and clarifies how you should shift off course as the table dynamics change.

Thanks to the authors’ writing style, the math you must perform at the PKO tables becomes easy to understand.

They adapted a logical structure, and their writing is clear and concise.

PKO Poker Strategy includes many examples, charts, and tables.

One of the most important lessons that you will learn is how to make money by knocking other players out rather than focusing on winning the Bounty and Progressive Knockout online poker tournaments.


Recommendation

I can recommend PKO Poker Strategy to these players who already have a good understanding of poker. If you want to be a winning player at Bounty and Knockout tournaments, PKO Poker Strategy is the book to get.

 

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