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The Theory of Poker: A Professional Poker Player Teaches You How To Think Like One Paperback – 1999
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Instead of focusing on one aspect of poker, Sklansky decided to focus on the "big picture". Odds, psychology, information, using these things in combination to make the correct decisions is what poker is all about. And with The Theory of Poker Sklansky wrote a book that attempted to teach you how to do just that. Simply stated, if you make more correct decisions than your opponent, and make less wrong decisions, then in the long wrong, you will win. Luck is the thing that keeps beginners and gamblers coming back to try and "hit it big". And it's what keeps those in the know in the money.
That said, this book is not the easiest read for the uninformed. I admit that I was one of those caught up in Poker big boom a few years ago but I have truly fell in love with it since then and have become a true student of the game. I have gone from dead money to a profitable player - and alot of that thanks goes to many of the books I have read by many great authors. In an attempt to categorize them to help beginners like myself choose what's right for them (in order):
Phil Gordon's The Real Deal - A very easy read to get beginners thinking about the game.
Sklansky's Hold'Em Poker - Not much more complicated than Phil's book and offers more good ideas for the novice for getting started.Read more ›
Statements like these will probably leave the average player, new to reading about his or her game, somewhat puzzled, but this is the main value of this book. It gives you a set of terms to describe conditions and actions in a poker game, and then tries to make you think about what you do and why. In the beginning, Sklansky says that this book does not try to answer, "What do you do in this particular situation?," but "What do you consider in this particular situation before determining what to do?"
It uses examples from every form of poker found in a casino, but it does not deal with any one form in particular. For this, a few good choices include the 'Advanced Players' series from Two Plus Two Publishing, and 'Super/System' by 1976-1977 World Series of Poker Champion Doyle Brunson and his collaborators. Sklansky's object is to show that winning poker comes down to correct determination of your odds given cards seen and unseen, the size of the pot in play and the effect of less tangible, psychological factors on the odds set by the first two elements.
It's not the easiest reading, but the language therein will be used by most serious players of the game in discussions away from the table. Get 'Poker for Dummies' by Lou Krieger and Richard Harroch first, as well as a basic text for your favorite game, like 'Winning Low-Limit Hold'Em' by Lee Jones. After a few months of play, open this book to reevaluate your game and what you thought you understood about poker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very sophisticated for the advanced player/bettor - a little over my headPublished 5 days ago by Jeff Kern
Sklansky's Theory of Poker is a poker classic, for a serious player. Add SuperSystem, and then of course Cowboy's Full for a historical perspective, and you have a good brew to... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Curt
Good collection of information to have at your fingertips. Study it closely.Published 1 month ago by 2-busy-2
As a novice poker player, I was hoping for something to give me an edge during my friends' Texas Hold'em games. Let me first say this book is not written for a novice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
No better book to teach you about the intricacies of poker and how to maximize your abilities. Plus, an entire chapter on "Game Theory", a concept that when mastered has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a great introduction to the game theory behind sound poker play. If you want to learn what it means when people play "by the book" - this is the book to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Shultz