Audio Books for the Poker Fanatic

April 26, 2011

Whether you’re new to the world of poker, you’ve been honing your skills for years in your weekly table game with the guys, or you earn a respectable living in Las Vegas or through online poker, there are plenty of audio books on the market to help you beat the odds or inform you of how some of the greats made it to the elite level of play that nets them millions at the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.  No matter where you’re at personally when it comes to the wide world of poker, there’s an audio book out there to pique your interest or perk up your game.  Here are a few that may fit the bill.

1.       Play Poker Like the Pros by Phil Hellmuth.  This 10-time World Champion of Poker (and all-time leading money-winner) gives tips and tricks that will have you playing Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, and Razz as good as the people who earn a living at it.  From beginning to advanced levels of play, Hellmuth offers advice on how to beat various types of players, including those who play conservatively as well as those who play with a crazy or unpredictable style.  You’ll also learn how to bluff and stay cool during particularly difficult hands.

2.       Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide by Barry Greenstein.  This audio book is for those who are already somewhat familiar with the game of poker, but it offers useful information for taking it to the next level, whether you’re going pro or just starting out.  It offers insight into how to improve your level of play through both real-life scenarios and behind-the-scenes considerations that many players are unfamiliar with.  Greenstein discusses not only the game, but also the sub-sect of society that plays poker, as well as how to effectively manage your money.  Everyone can find something useful and interesting in this collection of ruminations on the game of poker.

3.       Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker by Annie Duke.  Some listeners will know Annie Duke from her legendary (and often profanity-laced) stint on The Celebrity Apprentice (where she famously lost to Joan Rivers).  Luckily, she’s better at poker than she is at impressing aging billionaires.  This narrative describes not only how Duke became the top-ranking female poker player in world (winning $2 million in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions), but also offers an interesting analysis of the hands that made her a winner.

4.       Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus.  McManus may be better known for his 2003 bestseller Positively Fifth Street (chronicling his amazing and inexplicable brush with the world of gambling), but he offers gambling gold in this audio book about the game that he posits should be recognized as the true American pastime.  He starts in the saloons of the old west and brings the history of poker right up to modern day, where it has become the great equalizer (virtually anyone can play and win, from residents of the projects to the President of the United States).

5.       Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold’em by Phil Gordon.  Another submission by a renowned poker player, this audio book offers up a look into the world of high-stakes Texas Hold’em, a game that has become extremely popular over the last several years through televised tournaments.  Gordon imparts tips and tricks that will take you from amateur to pro and have you winning your weekly tournament without fail.

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