Beginners

Ed Miller & David Sklansky, Small Stakes Hold’em: Winning Big With Expert Play. The best book for novice players who are learning the fundamentals of solid play. It is best used as a reference book, not a “how to” instruction manual. Read it through, but it will not really be useful until you have played enough to understand how to apply the information. As you gain experience at the table, re-read it. Each time you review it, you will get more out of it. The more you play, the more often you should find yourself going back to the book to re-read sections that didn’t really click before, but now make a lot of sense and are really helpful to you in improving your game.

PokerStars.net is the biggest and best online “play money” poker site. Which means you cannot play for real money, but you can get lots of good practice without needing to wait until you can gather a group of other players. Once you register on the site (which is free), you can log into your account any time you have a spare half hour or more and you can play against random players from all over the world. While many people tend to play very loose (since they can’t lose any real money), the site nonetheless offers you a way to practice in your spare time and to see lots of hands and lots of recurring situations.