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Hold 'em Poker: For Advanced Players 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 26 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.
- ASIN : 1880685221
- Publisher : Two Plus Two Pub.; 3rd edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781880685228
- ISBN-13 : 978-1880685228
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.46 x 0.9 x 8.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #752,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Admittedly, the book is not brand new, but they did update it to make it more in keeping with today's aggressive, aggressive, "I'm all in like Gus Hanson," game. The focus is ring games, which most of us play them online. I did not heed the author's advice when I got it (to read it straight through first), but skipped ahead to the new chapter on playing in loose games. Based on my experiences, their advice was on point and quite helpful.
I perused the reviews below, and, I have to say that I disagree with the recent about there being too many exceptions to the information given. I find the inability to state things categorically, and, for every instance, to be in the nature of the game. Endless and bizarre exceptions basically are Texas Hold'Em. It's semi-formal rules with exceptions everywhere you look. If there were not so many contingencies, the fish would never win, and, as all of us know, the fish win quite a bit. The randomicity of the game causes authors like Malmouth and Sklansky to alter their advice slightly depending on the situation, and to always try to find a way for the player to get an edge and slant the odds in his favor. And what is "in his favor" depends on the hand, the street, and the bet. A great many people long to impose order upon poker, but you cannot completely do so. With any form of gambling there will always be some chaos inherent; there's no getting around it. Once you accept this fact, you tilt far less. As for the writing style, okay, these are math guys. No, they aren't great writers, but so what? We are looking for their expert analytical guidance. I don't care if the sentences are choppy and devoid of personality. If you ask me, my game could use a little less personality. As a fellow soldier in the trenches, let me say that this would make a valuable purchase.
This is more of a "caution review" than a review. Poker players - if you think you're "pretty good" like I did, you should start with The Theory of Poker, which a lot of reviewers have recommended (I, myself, ordered it and am reading it now). It should bridge some gaps in understanding. If The Theory is too easy of a read, then you're ready for Advanced.
I'm still glad I bought this book, cause I have a tool that I can use in the future...just not right now :(
Much of the material is in the form of brief essays. The portion on non-optimal play in loose games is worth the price of the book all by itself. The same can be said of the heads up play section. I recommend that you take notes and re read the sections several times as you study, then chat online (2+2 forum is a good site to do this)with some playes about what you've learned.
This book in my opinion is Sklansky's best book, with Theory of Poker a close second. Take the time and make the effort to understand what he's saying and take your game to a new level.
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The book then goes on to consider strategic concepts which includes freecards, semi-bluffing, check raising and odds and implied odds.
The next section titled miscellaneous topics gives advice on some of the typical situations found in a hold'em game, such as playing when a pair flops, playing pairs in the hole etc.
Following this there are chapters on loose games, playing short handed, playing non-standard games and other skills. To finish with there is an extensive question and answer section with questions on each chapter in the book.
The writing in the book has a very intense feel with often a dozen points hidden within a single page. This makes multiple read-throughs almost mandatory to gain the most from it.
It has been suggested that the advice in this book is too loose for the modern game. This may or may not be true, but if you are an advanced player surely you can take some parts of the book that are of use, and discard the rest.
I personally feel that this book will be of help to my poker, and is worthy of further study. I am also more than happy to take the advice of the experienced poker writers listed above by studying this book. Im sure they know more about the game than i do!
Explanations are not easy to understand, of course i am not an advanced player only recreational.
I think Slansky did a lot in the past to get poker out of this dirty whisky image,
If you play LIMIT poker maybe its a good book, go read other comments :-)