The Theory of Poker by David SklanskyThe Theory of Poker by David Sklansky

The Theory of Poker

byDavid Sklansky

Paperback | March 1, 2005

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Discusses theories and concepts applicable to nearly every variation of the game, including five-card draw (high), seven-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, 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. This is the best book ever written on poker.
Title:The Theory of PokerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.84 inPublished:March 1, 2005

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ISBN - 10:1880685000

ISBN - 13:9781880685006

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic, and for good reason: concepts herein ar This book was written 11 years ago. Think about that for a second, and what it says about how fundamentally revolutionary the concepts Sklansky presents must be, that players still consider this book among the most important ever put into print. You’ll still find this book on the bookshelves of every serious poker player, and I, along with most serious amateurs I know, refer to it on a continuing basis. Other so-called “classic” books, such as Brunson’s first Super System and even the first printing of both Jones’ and Sklansky & Malmuth’s books were outstanding in their time, but most acknowledge that they have since lost their applicability to the more aggressive modern game. Theory of Poker, however, stands as a shining exception to these other outdated books, and continues to be what I believe to be the most important book for any and every poker player. In addition, Sklansky discusses many different poker games, and not just hold’em which seems to be all the rage at the moment. Understanding how the theoretical concepts he discusses apply to different games really helps reinforce the underlying reasoning. As written above, the most amazing aspect of the book is that it has not, in any way, become outdated as the game has continued to change. Even with the explosion of internet poker, I found myself constantly re-reading chapters, and Sklansky’s discussion of things such as the “fundamental theorum of poker” are even MORE applicable in the online arena, where loose play is the norm, especially post-flop in holdem. My son recently convinced me (after much pleading) to give online play a shot, and I was stunned at how well the lessons from Theory of Poker adapted to the style of play I found…they really teach you how to extract the most from less-skilled opponents, while being able to properly fold hands that are beat. Is Sklansky’s writing style the most entertaining or gripping? Assuredly not: this is anything but a page-turner, but it’s the reader who can look past his occasionally dry writing style who will truly reap the rewards of the nuggets of wisdom contained herein. In my humble opinion, a must-read for poker players of all levels.
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very little on hold-em The book is not all that good. He tends to concentrate on the more obscure games, and hold-em and stud not so much. If you are mainly a hold-em player, this book is not that great for you. Also, there is very little on no-limit games. Still, there is some valuable information to be gleaned out of this book, but there are better books out there.
Date published: 2004-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poker A must have book on the advanced concepts of poker.Sklansky is simply the best.
Date published: 2001-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Poker Bible An absolute must for anyone trying to grasp the concepts of the game .Without this masterpeice its like running in the dark through a winding tunnel... Position,betting,antes are explained clearly...If you want to beat the home game this is the book .If you seek to take on the casino world you need this book definitely. This book is in every serious players library and believe me its well frayed from many readings.
Date published: 2000-11-29