Book Recommendations in General Poker Forum Posted September 20, 2011 I guess the first step is figuring out what you want from poker. If you are just looking to play recreationally then casual study of older books is fine, but if you want to become competitive beyond this point....honestly dude, most (all) of these books won't improve your game. Any really applicable information will be expensive ($100-$1,000 for books) because winners don't give away strategy for cheap. You want to buy things that will increase your poker IQ; that will get you thinking why do better players do what they do moreso than what do they do. Learning what a squeeze play is or whatever can actually hurt your game if you don't understand the logic behind the play. Hellmuth is a great player, but his strategy tends to compartmentalize players and oversimplify the game. Instead of learning to adapt to various shades of grey, he just teaches figuring out what box your villain goes into and then countering with a simple strategy... Frankly, it stinks. I would suggest subscribing to leggo, deucescracked, cardrunners or something and playing as much as you can and discussing spots you have trouble in with people who don't suck. Even if they're worse, its good to have a different set of eyes look at your trouble spots.