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Seven-Card Stud for Advanced Players Perfect Paperback – October 1, 1999
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About the Author
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
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Top Customer Reviews
When you know the basics, this is a book for you. I play stud, online and in casinos some. This book confirms and expands my knowlege of when to stay and fold. For instance, great book for third street (your first bet). When will I make money, I have three hearts (9, 10 Queen) and a Ace has already raised. It will tell you what to do. Read this book and play for free online. You will learn fast.
The book has specific examples. It covers all of 7-stud. If you are a beginner, skim this book, it is too compicated for you. Then play for awhile and re-read. If you are intermediate, this is a perfect book for you. It will expand your knowlege fast and as deep as you want or need. If you are already advanced, learn to plug a specific leak in your game and use the index and table of contents for reference. The question and answer sections are good too. This book has it all.
NOTE: Their (Two Plus Two Publishing with David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth) other book is on Hold'em. It is one of the top five books out of the hundreds on this subject. (The best 1st book on low limit hold'em is by Lee Jones).
A great deal of the book covers play on 3rd street. After reading it a couple of times, I am a lot more confident in my decisions as to whether I wish to enter the pot or fold my hand. There is also a chapter on playing in loose games. When people are entering a lot of pots with crap hands, this chapter really helps you take full advantage of these situations. These situations are common in the lower limits and I found it helped my game a great deal.
Overall, I think the book was easy to read and the coverage of the game was very well done. While there are tons of situations in stud that make explaining it complicated, the authors have done a nice job of preparing the reader for any situation they may find themselves in. If you are familiar with the game and want a book to learn a bit more, I think most people can be brought up to speed with this book without first getting a beginner's level book.
UPDATE: Three years after initially writing this review, I must say this book has been the best source of poker information I have ever purchased. If you want to sit at the tables and play with the confidence of knowing that you have solid information on your side and you know your decisions are correct, this is the place to get it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great poker info from a great poker mind and authorPublished 9 months ago by Woodrow W. Renwick Jr.
I wish they had organized and summarized it better. It has many important insights and knowledge but intersperced with repetitious and loose discussionsPublished 15 months ago by Al
Must read for seven card stud players. S/b in your home library.Published 18 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