Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players by David SklanskyHold'em Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky

Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players

byDavid Sklansky

Paperback | June 14, 2005

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Texas Hold 'em is not an easy game to play well. To become an expert you must balance many concepts, some of which occasionally contradict each other. In 1988, the first edition appeared. Many ideas, which were only known to a small, select group of players, were made available to anyone who was striving to become an expert, and the hold 'em explosion had begun. It is now a new century, and the authors have again moved the state of the art forward by adding over 100 pages of new material, including extensive sections on "loose games," and "short-handed games." Anyone who studies this text, is well disciplined, and gets the proper experience should become a significant winner. Some of the other ideas discussed include play on the first two cards, semibluffing, the free card, inducing bluffs, staying with a draw, playing when a pair flops, playing trash hands, desperation bets, playing in wild games, reading hands, and psychology.
Title:Hold'em Poker for Advanced PlayersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.69 × 5.46 × 0.9 inPublished:June 14, 2005Publisher:Two Plus Two PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1880685221

ISBN - 13:9781880685228

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The definitive hold'em guide This is more or less considered the ‘bible’ for texas hold’em players, and for good reason: Sklansky and Malmuth are recognized as the leading authorities on poker strategy. While HPFAP is a difficult read, nearly every single aspect of proper hold’em strategy is covered in excruciating detail. While I would suggest picking up less complex books to start out with (look for Lee Jones’), this is a must read for all serious hold’em players. Now for some constructive criticism: this is by no means a beginner’s book – a lot of novices have heard the authors praised and figure they should run out and buy this book. I’ll warn you now that unless you’ve got 6 to 12 months of hold’em experience, the writing in this book will be WAY over your head. It’s not just the terminology, but the authors assume that readers are already well-versed in all basic hold’em strategies. The first time I read the book, it seemed utterly nonsensical. Only now that I go back and re-read it do I truly understand what the authors are talking about in many places. Where to apply the poker tools this book gives you? Anywhere, really – I used to play at my local casino 4 times / wk, but now play almost exclusively online, since play goes so much faster – I go out of my mind with boredom when I try and sit at a casino nowadays. Any of the major online poker sites are more or less as good as each other – another post here led me to pokercroaker.com which has site reviews for all of them to help you pick, and even has signup bonus codes that will get you free bonus money when you open an account. A lot of people have said that Sklansky & Malmuth’s advice doesn’t translate well to the sometimes wild online games, but I disagree: the tight-aggressive strategy they promote is in fact perfect for these games, although you should expect your variance to be higher.
Date published: 2005-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The definitive guide for hold’em players This is more or less considered the ‘bible’ for texas hold’em players, and for good reason: Sklansky and Malmuth are recognized as the leading authorities on poker strategy. While HPFAP is a difficult read, nearly every single aspect of proper hold’em strategy is covered in excruciating detail. While I would suggest picking up less complex books to start out with (look for Lee Jones’), this is a must read for all serious hold’em players. Now for some constructive criticism: this is by no means a beginner’s book – a lot of novices have heard the authors praised and figure they should run out and buy this book. I’ll warn you now that unless you’ve got 6 to 12 months of hold’em experience, the writing in this book will be WAY over your head. It’s not just the terminology, but the authors assume that readers are already well-versed in all basic hold’em strategies. The first time I read the book, it seemed utterly nonsensical. Only now that I go back and re-read it do I truly understand what the authors are talking about in many places. Where to apply the poker tools this book gives you? Anywhere, really – I used to play at my local casino 4 times / wk, but now play almost exclusively online, since play goes so much faster – I go out of my mind with boredom when I try and sit at a casino nowadays. Any of the major online poker sites are more or less as good as each other – another post here led me to pokercroaker.com which has site reviews for all of them to help you pick, and even has signup bonus codes that will get you free bonus money when you open an account. A lot of people have said that Sklansky & Malmuth’s advice doesn’t translate well to the sometimes wild online games, but I disagree: the tight-aggressive strategy they promote is in fact perfect for these games, although you should expect your variance to be higher.
Date published: 2005-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Definitive Text on Hold 'Em Don't let the hefty price tag on this book deter you from making the purchase. This is the only text on Hold 'Em you need to be a serious threat at most any table. One reading will leave your head spinning with new information and the second and third will leave you ready to take someone's scratch. The authours, Sklansky and Malmuth, hold nothing back in telling their secrets. Combine this book with Caro's Book of Poker Tells, if you can find one, and get in the car for a road trip. However, I don't recommend this book for beginning poker players as there is a hefty amount of jargon that whizzes by without much explanation. If this is you, try the first in the series before moving on to this one.
Date published: 2001-05-09

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