April: The Month of Poker Books | Episode 229

In this episode, I share my plans for “The Month of Poker Books” and some of the strategy goodies coming in April.

Bookmark this page because it’s your #1 resource for learning from poker books.  It’s a repository of all the poker book-related content I create this month.  There are also links to some items from the past that you will find useful.

The Month of Poker Books

Poker books are great sources of information. Ideally, the author writes about a subject that they are thoroughly knowledgeable in, and they’re able to communicate a great deal to you in a way that helps you learn it.

But, people don’t get the most they can out of the poker books they read.  This is because poker book authors tell you strategy, but they don’t tell you how to practice it.

If you’ve read any of my books or heard my podcasts, you know I give challenges and Play with Purpose and Study with Purpose tasks that help you to practice the strategies I teach.  We learn best through action, not by reading, so practicing what you’re reading is the best way to learn from books.

It’s not the books that you read, nor the order that you read them in. It’s what you do with the information that counts.

Here’s the simplest way to step into action with every poker book: read a chapter, put 1, 2 or 3 things into practice over the next 1 to 3 weeks, then move on to the next chapter.

That’s it!

In each episode this month, I’ll give you two things:

  1. A review of the book at hand
  2. Multiple action steps to help you take action and improve your skills

First Book: Waiting for Straighters by Tommy Angelo | #230 with (9) action steps!

What a great book!  Short and simple, yet the ideas are powerful enough to revolutionize the way you choose your preflop hands.  If this book also doesn’t get you to strive for more IP play, I don’t know what will.

Study with Purpose Video:


Second Book: Exploitative Play in LIVE Poker by Alexander Fitzgerald | #231 with a bonus (10) Action Steps PDF!

I truly enjoyed this book by Alex, and I recommend to EVERY poker player.  Doesn’t matter if you’re a LIVE player or not, MTT’s or not.  There are great exploitative strategies to take away and apply to anyone’s game.

Play with Purpose Video: 


Third Book: Poker’s 1% by Ed Miller #232

I enjoyed this book, but I don’t necessarily recommend it to my audience.  I’m on the exploitative side of the poker debate (non-GTO), but there are plenty of good strategy takeaways I got from it.


Fourth Book: Poker Satellite Strategy by Dara O’Kearney and Barry Carter #233

I loved this book!  So glad I read it and within an hour of reading just chapter 2, I already paid for this book with my improved Double or Nothing SNG play.  Highly recommended.


Poker Book-related Items From the Past

How to Learn From Poker Strategy Books | Podcast #21

Poker Book Review: The Mental Game of Poker

The ONE Thing | Podcast #3

The Miracle Morning | Podcast #13

Next month’s theme: The Mental Game Month of May

Check out last month’s theme: March: The Month of HUD.

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