David Sklansky's Theory of Poker
I think this book is Encyclopedia of poker. If you want to find something about poker – you’ll find it here. For example, you want to know what the semi-bluff is… You look in “The Theory Of Poker”: types of semi-bluff, advantages of the Semi-bluff and so on. Everything you should know about semi-bluff. And this is just an example. In fact it is a detailed poker theory guidebook.
Though you can say: “But Sklansky had never been a World Champion”. I think he just didn’t need it. Being a poker player doesn’t mean it’s your true calling. Sklansky was a good player, maybe brilliant sometimes, but first of all he was a poker writer. Maybe before reading Doyle Brunson’s “Super System: A Course In Power Poker” you should read this one, which will be a good basis for further understanding of the game and its aspects. Common language distinguishes best books written on poker. And “The Theory Of Poker” is one of them. But seeming simplicity conceals a mathematical basis. David’s advices are time-proved as his book is. Written on poker theory this book will not tell how to win step-by-step. But will tell you about the ways and odds of poker; knowledge is you power. Use this book and use your brains to improve your skill level.
When playing next time, remember principles, described in this book and try to put them in practice. I don’t promise that it will be easy. But if you don’t want to think – don’t read it because this book will force you to.