David Sklansky is generally considered the number one authority on gambling in the world today. Besides his ten books on the subject, David also has produced two videos and numerous writings for various gaming publications. His occasional poker seminars always receive an enthusiastic reception, including those given at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
More recently, David has been doing consulting work for casinos, Internet gaming sites, and gaming device companies. He has recently invented several games, soon to appear in casinos.
David attributes his standing in the gambling community to three things:
1. The fact that he presents his ideas as simply as possible (sometimes with Mason Malmuth) even though these ideas frequently involve concepts that are deep, subtle, and not to be found elsewhere.
2. The fact that the things he says and writes can be counted on to be accurate.
3. The fact that to this day a large portion of his income is still derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments).
Thus, those who depend on Davids advice know that he still depends on it himself.
About Mason Malmuth
Mason Malmuth was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. In 1973 he received his BS in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, and completed their Masters program in 1975. While working for the United States Census Bureau in 1978, Mason stopped overnight in Las Vegas while driving to his new assignment in California. He was immediately fascinated by the games, and gambling became his major interest.
After arriving in California he discovered that poker was legal and began playing in some of the public cardrooms as well as taking periodic trips to Las Vegas where he would play both poker and blackjack. In 1981 he went to work for the Northrop Corporation as a mathematician and moved to Los Angeles where he could conviently pursue his interest in poker in the large public cardrooms in Gardena, Bell Gardens, and Commerce.
In 1983 his first article "Card Domination The Ultimate Blackjack Weapon" was published in Gambling Times magazine. In 1987 he left his job with the Northrop Corporation to begin a career as both a full-time gambler and a gambling writer. He has had over 500 articles published in various magazines and is the author or co-author of 12 books. These include Gambling Theory and Other Topics, where he tries to demonstrate why only a small number of people are highly successful at gambling. In this book he introduces the reader to the concept of "non-self weighting strategies" and explains why successful gambling is actually a balance of luck and skill. Other books he has co-authored are Hold em Poker For Advanced Players, written with David Sklansky, and Seven-Card Stud For Advanced Players written with David Sklansky and Ray Zee. All the "advanced" books are considered the definitive works on these games.
His company Two Plus Two Publishing has sold over 400,000 books and currently has 22 titles to its credit. These books are recognized as the best in their field and are thoroughly studied by those individuals who take gambling seriously.
About Ray Zee
Ray Zee was born and raised in New Jersey, and spent his college years in the East as well. Unlike other students, Ray did more than just study. He began to gamble on the side in school, and when he graduated he was ready to start his career, which just happened to be in the dessert of Nevada.
Ray quickly realized that there were many opportunities in various forms of gambling and began to search for ways to exploit the inequities in many of the games. This included blackjack, horse racing, sports betting, slot jackpots, and of course his favorite game, poker.
It wasnt long before he became known as one of the top poker players and most knowledgeable gamblers in the world. A
You should have a decent amount of knowledge of the game.
This book is for advanced players, but if you have played for a little while and are looking for a book on stud, I trust you will be okay with these concepts.
I wish I had read the book 2 years ago when I lived up north and often frequented Atlantic City.
I wish they had organized and summarized it better. It has many important insights and knowledge but intersperced with repetitious and loose discussionsPublished 5 months ago by Al
Must read for seven card stud players. S/b in your home library.Published 8 months ago by Jonathan L. Schleifer
During the many years I have been playing 7 card stud poker, I have read at least 12 books on the subject. This is the very best I have ever read. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Jerlaw
I just picked this book back up a couple years after reading it the first time. It has tons of great material in a few different formats (hand examples, quiz questions,... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by James Foley
I tried reading all parts of this book several times and it's ALL so confusingly written and contradicts itself so often, that I'm sorry I wasted my time and money. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Amazon Lover
Great book to learn from, easy to follow and makes you want to play better poker for itPublished on October 2, 2010 by Halo
I really like the structure in the book
it id also very well written, wich was one of the drawbacks ok winning poker players, i guess malmuth contribution was very important
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Playing stud is a real challenge. This book breaks it down to the core. You will understand and even come to love this aggravating game. LOL. Read more
Unlike Hold 'Em, the general game-play complextion of stud has remained the same over the years, through the "poker boom". Read morePublished on April 26, 2007 by W. Mitty