Poker is a game that is enjoyed amateurs and professionals alike. Many of the players are serious professionals who constantly work towards the development of new strategies and also to improve their game. Poker tournaments, which almost all the leading casinos around the world host, become platforms for such players to showcase their poker skills and win their share of win booty. The Annual World Poker Tour sees the turnout of a very large number of poker players who sweat it out at the poker fields and often recount their precious experiences in books which hold the secrets of their trade and therefore sell like hot cakes.
Poker books present the ideas and experiences that players are exposed to during their time with poker. Some poker books merely represent as reference guides where as some might discuss at length about manipulation and behavioural aspects utilized by the players to win.
The classification of poker books can be done in a number of ways, but classification on the basis of the reading group is the best classification. Catering to a plethora of audiences these books are available in six major categories namely:
- Beginners (or noobs)
- Regular tournament players
- Online players
- Team players
- and also for the poker hand dealer
The poker books for beginners or the poker handbooks are well suited for a variety of players. These poker books deal with the history of poker, the basic and standing rules for dealing cards and also deal with various types of the game. Covering the common forms of poker complete with attractive illustrations, these books function as the textbooks and comprise of various chapters on rules of playing these games and the common goof ups one can unknowingly commit.
The book on game techniques is another type of book which mainly deals with the strategy and dexterity of the player in the game. Not only the short cuts and the loop holes, this type of books also facilitate the reader by teaching him how to camouflage his emotions, handle state of affairs, and also how to react in certain conditions manipulating the circumstances to his advantage.
Another very popular category of books deal with tournaments and because of their authors, who are worshipped in the poker world, these books often fly off the shelves. With the tourney players and aspirants as their targeted audience, these books deal with the various types of tournaments, the rules and also the current drift of the various big tournament leagues all over the world.
With the focus shifting to online poker, there are a number of books these days, dedicated to this new poker form. With community poker coming quite in vogue and a number of people accepting online poker, the books dedicated to online poker have also seen a phenomenal rise in the markets, ready with their instructions for the online poker enthusiast.
Poker books available today not only deal with the know-how of the game but also delve deep into the psychology of an average poker player, giving the reader an insight into the mind of such person.