Harrington on Hold ’em by Dan Harrington The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen Doyle Brunson’s Super System by. David Sklansky (born December 22, ) is an American professional poker player and Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One. ISBN Tournament Poker for Advanced. Poker Theorems The fundamental theory of poker was put forward by professional poker player David Sklansky in the popular poker strategy book The Theory of.
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The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky. Discusses theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw highseven-card stud, hold ’em, lowball draw, and razz seven-card lowball stud. This book introduces you to the Fundamental Theorem of Poker, its implications, and how it should affect your play.
Other chapters discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, t Discusses theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw highseven-card stud, hold ’em, lowball draw, and razz seven-card sklanky stud.
David Sklansky’s Theory of Poker Review
Pokdr chapters discuss the value of deception, bluffing, raising, the slow-play, the value of position, psychology, heads-up play, game theory, implied odds, the free card, and semibluffing. Many of today’s top poker players will tell you that this is the book that really made a difference in their play.
That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study this book will literally leave behind those who don’t, and most serious players wear the covers off their copies.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 11, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: In my opinion, the single best book ever written on practical poker theory and strategy. Clear, consise and very translatable from the page to the poker table. Highly Recommended at least for poker pokerr. Jan 04, Jeff rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is truly the funda mental s.
You’ll learn all kinds of stuff if you’ve never really studied or thought deeply about the game. If you’ve only ever played hold’em tournaments with your friends, you’ll learn even more. If you’ve only ever watched World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker events on television, you’ll be astounded by how much the commentators couldn’t possibly attempt to discuss. Just about everything you need to know to get started is in this book–lacking bankroll management, very little personal psychological advice, etc–but those topics don’t belong underneath the theoretical umbrella of this work.
If you want to understand the game of poker, start by reading this. Talk with other players–preferably people who seem better than you.
Repeat these steps until you’re done playing poker. Dec 02, Tony rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is a reason every other poker book eventually says, read The Theory of Poker. If you are just learning the game and are going to read one book on poker, this isn’t the one.
It’s too complicated for beginners, who would only benefit by reading the book over and over again. That said, if you ever want to progress past the beginner stage, you must read this book.
He has all of require There is a reason every other poker book eventually says, read The Theory of Poker. He has all of required chapters on pot odds, slowplaying, giving free cards, etc.
Even if you just read his notes the power of semi-bluffing, you are guaranteed to become a better player. Like most classic books, this is reference book that needs to be read periodically if you are serious about becoming a better poker player, because as one reviewer put it, all of your competition has read it and will use that knowledge against you.
Nov 09, Barrie Penman rated it really liked it Shelves: Looks like a book for beginners as it covers many different games Jazz, Stud Omaha not to mention Texas Holdem etc. Sorry, it is better to learn one game well first.
Even if you are past the fundemental stages, the book will only confuse. He jumps games from page to page making it difficult to find a fit one fit all strategy.
By the time you consider yourself a good player and knowledgeable in several games you will find some parts of the book too basic and require something more specialised like p Looks like a book for beginners as it covers many different games Jazz, Stud Omaha not to mention Texas Holdem etc.
By the time you consider yourself a good player and knowledgeable in several games you will find some parts of the book too basic and require something more specialised like pure cash games, tournament play, Head to Head play etc. Lots of sound helpful information throughout book and will benifit many playes at many levels. May 22, Alex rated it it was amazing. You are not a poker player until you understand what Sklansky has to say. The pithy writing representing the concepts in this one book will not be mastered by the vast majority of players, who will waste far too much time trying to digest other books.
The Theory of Poker
Get what Sklansky has to say here, and you’ll already be among a select few. Jun 20, David rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This was the first poker hteory recommended to me by an avid nonprofessional poker player who happens to be a mathematician. David Sklansky is known on the poker circuit as “the Mathematician” and this book is considered one of the fundamental texts for serious students of the game, still recommended to new players despite its age.
Probably its most important contribution to poker theory is Sklansky’s Fundamental Theorem of Poker: Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have pl This was the first poker book recommended to me by an sklansly nonprofessional poker player who happens to be a mathematician. Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could tbeory all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose.
Conversely, every time opponents theorry their hands differently from sklznsky way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose. This book sklansly a very mathematical approach to poker, though it does not dive deeply into probability theory or even more esoteric topics I have seen some poker math books cover. But Sklansky gives very thorough coverage to some of the basic principles that every winning poker player must know: None of the math itself goes beyond very basic algebra, but there is a lot to calculate on the fly, which as Sklansky points out, even geniuses can’t automatically do in the speed it takes to play a poker hand, especially as poker is a game skoansky imperfect information.
While the Theory of Poker expects you to become familiar with the necessary mathematical calculations to be a competent player and makes it pretty clear that no competent player isn’t adept at themSklansky’s advice is always aimed at trying to take advantage of the Fundamental Theorem of Poker. It doesn’t matter whether you win any given hand, or whether you get busted out of a game by a bad beat – it matters that you play correctly, which means a positive expectation over the long term.
This is, of course, a masterwork, so why only 4 stars? Well, it’s a very theory-heavy book, and while I found the theory piker and useful, I’d rate this as a book that every poker player should read and know, but it’s a little short on practical tips for actually sitting theoyr the table, beyond “Know your math and know your theory.
This isn’t to say Sklansky doesn’t talk about game play at all. Naturally he discusses the various types of players – tight, loose, aggressive, passive skpansky and how to respond to someone who bluffs too much, bluffs too little, plays tightly, plays loosely, and so on. So this is a very valuable book. But it is, as I said, very focused on game theory, and thus rather dry. But it’s definitely a classic everyone should read. Also of note pokker that this thery covers general poker theory, as applied sklansoy any poker game, which is another reason I didn’t rate it 5 stars.
I play almost exclusively Texas Hold’Em, while The Theory of Poker gives examples from 5 -and 7-card stud, draw, Razz, and other variants. Which is fine, because in every case, the theory applies whatever type of game you are playing, but be aware this hheory not a book specifically about hold’em. Apr 11, Tim O’Hearn rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is exactly what everyone says it is. Approachable and cited enough to the point of historical significance.
I grew tired of seeing it referenced in books where skilled poker players became quantitative masterminds, so I picked it up. I felt like I was missing out. The author doesn’t at any time make things complicated. That is, aside from his choice of rotating through every poker variant under the sun when giving examples. The math isn’t hard, the examples are clear, and the counterintu The book is exactly what everyone says it is. The math isn’t sklaneky, the examples are clear, and the counterintuitive aspects of the game are given just the right amount of attention.
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I found it difficult to internalize and apply the finer concepts even as I read the book thery a slow pace. Since I wasn’t sitting at a poker table as I read through, I accept that I should have taken better notes and will probably have to pick up the book fheory I ever decide I am serious about improving my playing.
Mar 14, Forest Tong rated it liked it. One of the salient facts about this book is savid Sklansky discusses poker strategy in the context of many variations, such as razz, stud, and draw poker. One the one hand, this approach allows the reader to see how there are many general principles of poker that hold regardless of the particular rules. On the other hand, I think it made the book significantly less accessible for a beginner, and rapidly switching between discussions of different games was pokker confusing.
In general, although One of the salient facts about this book is that Sklansky discusses poker strategy in the context of many variations, such as razz, stud, and draw poker.
In general, although I learned many things from this book, I was not satisfied with his exposition or his examples. Aug 07, Kenny Tang rated it really liked it.
If you don’t love poker, boring as hell If you love poker, it’s eavid boring as hell but you need to read this. Reads like textbook and lays out decision trees and mathematical theorems.
Can’t really imagine a serious player not knowing this info expecting to win. Bear thru it, survive it, drink a lot of coffee, but read it if you play.